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A person carrying a solar panel into a home in a home in Alamo, California, in May 2017. Photo: Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The California Energy Commission voted Wednesday to require solar panels and battery energy storage systems in new commercial buildings and certain multifamily residences beginning in 2023, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: It's an aggressive step in California's transition away from fossil fuels and broader drive to cut carbon emissions, although the provision must first be approved by the state's Building Standards Commission.

  • The Building Standards Commission is expected to include the mandate in a revision of the state's building code in December.

The big picture: The new mandate builds on a directive that went into effect in 2020 which required all newly constructed low-rise residential buildings to include solar power.

  • The Energy Commission's energy plan also includes incentives to eliminate natural gas from new buildings and to add batteries to solar systems in single-family homes, according to the Times.

Go deeper: PG&E announces plans to bury 10,000 miles of its power lines

Go deeper

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Nov 17, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Energy efficiency gains are too slow for a sustainable climate path

mage via the International Energy Agency's Energy Efficiency 2021 report

A new International Energy Agency report shows rising investment in energy efficiency and gains in the efficiency of the global economy, but both lag levels needed for a sustainable climate path.

Why it matters: Boosting efficiency is vital to meeting climate goals.

John Frank, author of Denver
Nov 16, 2021 - Axios Denver

Behind the scenes, politics stained Colorado's new redistricting process

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Colorado's new method for mapping political boundaries fell prey to the same politics and behind-the-scenes maneuvering that influenced prior redistricting cycles.

Why it matters: The independent system put in place for the first time by Amendments Y and Z took reapportionment out of the hands of state lawmakers, but it didn't pan out as the game changer that proponents pitched to voters.

Nov 17, 2021 - World

Scoop: Israel, Jordan and UAE to sign deal for huge solar farm

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates are set to sign a deal on Monday, pushed along by U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, to build a massive solar farm in the Jordanian desert, five Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the biggest regional cooperation project ever undertaken between Israel and its neighbors. The plan calls for the UAE-funded solar farm to provide energy mainly to Israel, which will build a desalination plant on its Mediterranean coast to provide water to Jordan.