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A Sewing Lesson

Pretty well everyone in the UK who is not either a volume house builder or one of their consultants now accepts that our natural environment is badly fragmented. So the DEFRA 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, published last February, is particularly interesting, containing as it does ideas fo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 January 2019

The Century The Earth Caught Fire

One bit of television you may have missed over the festive season was a rerun of the 1961 movie The Day The Earth Caught Fire. Basically the film is about a bunch of national newspaper journalists trying to find out why the weather is rapidly getting weirder. Weather events all around the world are ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 December 2018

A Mighty Boondoggle

Our American cousins call a project that is a waste of both time and money but which is pursued for commercial or political gain a Boondoggle. This could be a word worth learning. The scale of commercial ambition now buzzing round the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc proposals like a cloud of hungry f...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 December 2018

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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.”

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