23 Borough Homes Are Going Solar Thanks to Solarize Brooklyn

23 private homes in Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, and Flatbush have been approved for solar panel installation. These homes will create 80 kilowatts of energy, covering 50-80% of those homes’ needs…The population of Brooklyn is growing rapidly; we’ve somehow managed to fit 60,000 more people into our borough since 2010. Our demand for electricity is growing with our population and our continued addiction to electronics. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Con Ed gets a post-Sandy reboot

More than a year after the city’s electric grid failed in superstorm Sandy, the utility giant Con Edison is on the verge of cementing a billion-dollar plan to upgrade its facilities to endure the projected future impacts of extreme weather, under an unusual agreement signed by the utility, city, environmentalists and consumer groups. [The New York World]

New City Council committee will keep an eye on funds earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief

“This City Council is not only very committed to rebuilding areas devastated by Sandy but also dedicated to finding ways to make sure all five boroughs are more resilient in the face of climate change,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The [Council’s] Recovery and Resiliency Committee will start by looking at why so many city Housing Authority buildings damaged by the storm are still using unreliable, temporary boilers.” [NY Daily News]

Europe, Facing Economic Pain, May Ease Climate Rules

“On Wednesday, the European Union proposed an end to binding national targets for renewable energy production after 2020. Instead, it substituted an overall European goal that is likely to be much harder to enforce. [The New York Times]

Latinos Want Strong Presidential Action to Combat Climate Change

“Of the issues we’ve polled, the only other national issue Latinos feel more intensely about is immigration reform,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions and associate professor of political science at the University of Washington. “Action on climate change is a very high priority for Latinos—regardless of age, income, party affiliation or where they live.” [NPR]

Upstate fracking is danger to city water supplies: mayor

Mayor de Blasio is jumping forcefully into the debate over fracking on upstate lands — calling it a danger to the city’s water supply…The comments are sure to put added pressure on Gov. Cuomo, who has refused to lift a statewide moratorium on fracking — which pumps a cocktail of chemicals underground in order to free up natural gas — pending a drawn-out environmental and health review. [NY Post]

And, from our neighbors to the northeast, a news source on the global transition to renewable sources of energy: The Green Energy Times