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Critics Say Massachusetts' New Solar Bill Would Create an Unfair Exchange

July 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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New concerns are being raised by solar advocates in Massachusetts about recent solar policy revisions resulting from a landmark agreement between utilities and the solar industry. The solar bill H.4185 is currently working its way through the state legislature after stakeholders reached common ground.[read more]

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Why China's Energy Consumption Will Keep Rising

July 9, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China Energy Consumption

 

In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was signed. This was to usher in an era where the planet was to tackle climate change, and we were to see an energy transition from dirty, polluting fossil fuels to their low-carbon alternatives. Instead, here is what happened.[read more]

Decoupling: A New Ecomodernist Paradigm for Humans and Nature

July 9, 2014 by Kirsty Gogan

A New Paradig

I’ve just returned from an enlightening Dialogue meeting run by the Breakthrough Institute in Sausalito, California. Winner of the event’s ‘paradigm prize’ was Jesse H. Ausubel. His research shows that modern economies have lightened their diet in terms of energy, water, land and materials consumption.[read more]

Oil Production: The U.S. is Looking at Saudi Arabia in the Rearview Mirror

July 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

As Americans, we naturally strive to become number one. Our country has already dominated a handful of categories and achieved recognition for things like the most patents, and the most Olympic medals. Now we can be proud of a new achievement: largest oil producer in the world.[read more]

China's New Environmental Law and the U.S. Clean Air Act

July 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China recently overhauled its basic environmental law in a way that brings it closer to the structure of the U.S. Clean Air Act. The new law also contains a provision authorizing public interest litigation by certain Chinese NGOs, and this is a huge step forward.[read more]

End Usage and the Democratization of Energy

July 8, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
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What will be the single biggest change in energy usage over the next 40 years? “I believe this is best described in terms of democratization of energy,” said Dr. Michael Weinhold. “By this I mean that many more people will come to own, or share in the ownership of production, distribution and storage of energy."[read more]

A Victory for Cleaner Fuels

July 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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On June 30, 2014, the last day of the term, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the oil companies' and ethanol manufacturers' appeals in the California low carbon fuel standard case. This is a step forward in California's fight to clean up motor vehicle fuel sold in the state.[read more]

No More Tinkering: How Reinventing the Oven is Like Reinventing the Grid

July 8, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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How do you build a better oven? That’s a question Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO for Microsoft and foodie recently discussed. He pointed out that today’s electric or natural gas-powered oven is designed on the principle first put forward five thousand years ago to dry clay bricks.[read more]

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

July 8, 2014 by Severin Borenstein

Carbon Price and Futures

California’s year-and-a-half old cap-and-trade market for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) has drawn renewed interest over the last few weeks, since the EPA announced its initiative for limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants.[read more]

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

July 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist."[read more]

Frictionless Energy: How Energy Companies are Finally Putting Customers First

July 8, 2014 by Matt Stewart
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Energy companies are often likened to tech companies. They share many of the same investors, are often based in tech hubs like the Bay Area, and usually emphasize innovation. Yet renovating our energy infrastructure requires a different suite of tools than developing an app.[read more]

Shell Oil and Gas Company Perspective on Energy Futures

July 8, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Oil Companies and Nuclear Energy

There was a time when the Royal Dutch Shell corporation demonstrated strong interest in nuclear energy. In 1973, it was approached by Gulf Oil Company, the owner of Gulf General Atomics, as a capital partner for an aggressive expansion program.[read more]

Heres a Way to Get Utilities to Embrace Solar and Batteries: Let Them Own the Inverter

July 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities own a wide range of devices on the transmission and distribution grid to manage power quality. But there's a power control device that may be much more familiar to the hundreds of thousands of American homeowners with solar on their roofs: inverters. Should utilities own those too?[read more]

More Steps Forward on Climate Protection

July 7, 2014 by David Doniger
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A year ago, on a sweltering afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan designed to start cutting dangerous carbon pollution using his authority under our clean air and energy laws already on the books.[read more]

The Columbia River Basin Provides More than 40% of Total U.S. Hydroelectric Generation

July 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Columbia River Basin Hydro Power

Hydroelectric power plants located in the Columbia River Basin account for a little more than one third of all the hydroelectric capacity in the United States. The Columbia River runs from the Canadian Rockies and flows 1,214 miles through Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.[read more]

Are We Close to Peak Coal in China?

July 7, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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China Peak Coal?

Last year, renewable energy made up nearly 70% of new electric generation capacity additions in China. That figure would be more impressive if coal wasn’t the leader of Chinese energy, accounting for about 65% of the country’s energy mix. But coal’s tight grip on the country may start to wane soon.[read more]