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Soviet Style

It really is quite alarming how the chorus of self-interested voices advocating the smashing up of the English planning system keeps banging on about Soviet-style controls. It is, of course, a familiar technique in the populist press. Take some casual slander and endlessly repeat it around several n...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 July 2020

Making Communities Wilder

A long-standing tradition among national environmental groups is not to challenge one another publicly. That is not to say there are no occasional private disagreements, but generally the tradition has worked well. Right now, however, three national bodies have tossed a stick of dynamite on to the f...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 18 June 2020

Cummings Corporations

Normally, ministers and civil servants consigned to the naughty step like to keep their heads down for a while, but that seems not to be the case with Dominic Cummings and Robert Jenrick. Both got into trouble over lockdown rules and the public gripes with Mr Cummings would fill a book. Indeed, seve...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 09 June 2020

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San Francisco transit will run on renewables

Added on 12 December 2017

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco is expecting to be 90 percent powered by renewable energy following a new electricity deal.

BART uses around 400,000MW annually, more power than a small city uses. Two 20-year agreements, with Nextera Energy for wind power and with Recurrent Energy for solar, will see renewable power for the rapid transit system. The percentage is, however, likely to drop to 75 percent by 2025 as the system grows.

“Not only will BART soon be powered by almost 100 percent renewable electricity, but we’re doing it cheaper than by buying fossil fuels,” said BART board director Nick Josefowitz.

The move follows the passing of a bill by the California Senate in 2015 allowing renewable energy purchase.

“Without a doubt I’m thrilled to see the implementation of the bill,” said mayoral candidate and former senator Mark Leno. “I expect it will be a model for other transit agencies throughout California and across the country.”

Bay Area Rapid Transit

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