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Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping

October 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Green Shipping

We can celebrate a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of the world’s third busiest port also produce an incredible amount of environmentally damaging exhaust.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 2

October 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Go to any hardware store, flea market or electronics clearance shop and you can buy a vast array of ultra cheap, horrendously poor quality loads. The utility attitude to these devices at a residential and even some commercial levels is simple – “Go son, go!”[read more]

Getting the Salt Out

October 23, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Solving Salt Problems

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface.[read more]

SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid

October 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, smart thermostats, home automation. All are sources of energy, capacity, and reliability for the power grid. So say the engineers who’ve built them -- and so say the customers buying them. Now if only the regulators would move as fast as the engineers and customers.[read more]

Grid Modernization and Public Lands

October 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a proponent of sustainable energy development. While there has seldom been conflict between these two goals, the overshadowing issue of global climate change has forced them together in unexpected ways.[read more]

A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy

October 23, 2014 by Jim Baird

Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, 'Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge' says in a Scientific American article, "The climate change problem requires a climate change solution.”[read more]

Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop

October 23, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Clean Power Plan Benefits

Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.[read more]

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Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies?

October 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Oil Prices and Growing Risks

The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?[read more]

Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly

October 23, 2014 by Steve Sorrell
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A new report from the US Breakthrough Institute provides evidence that historical improvements in the energy efficiency of lighting, steel and electricity production have led to greater energy consumption that would have been the case in the absence of those improvements.[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]

Industry Input Sought by New Wind-Energy Research Center

October 22, 2014 by Christine Gillette

A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy development together in an attempt to solve mutual problems and advance the field.[read more]

Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

October 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Action on Methane

Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation.[read more]

Plug In Hybrid: Saving Carbon and Dollars?

October 22, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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I'm in the market for a new car. At a recent visit to a dealer I was confronted with the choice between the regular hybrid-electric version of the C-Max (think standard Prius but made in the USA!) and the plug-in hybrid electric version of the same model. The difference between the two is the plug-in, well, plugs in.[read more]

Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics

October 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Developing Sustainability Metrics

I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world.[read more]

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The Alternative to the Climate Nuclear Option is Innovation

October 22, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Climate Nuclear Option Alternatives

Out of fear the world is running out of time to act on climate change, some advocates are calling for the nuclear option: limiting economic growth to deeply decarbonize the global economy. It’s easy to see why: world leaders continue to propose weak policy options that guarantee dangerous global warming.[read more]

The People's Climate March: Why You Can't Please All the People, All the Time

October 22, 2014 by Katharine Hayhoe
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I was sitting in church last Sunday. Someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around: it was an older lady I didn’t know very well, but her face was familiar. “I’m reading your book,” she whispered, “and I just wanted you to know it’s changed my mind about all this climate stuff. You just make so much more sense."[read more]

Increasing Oil Reserves and Peak Oil

October 22, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Oil and Risk Management

I have often noted that since the writing of 'A Cubic Mile of Oil' that global reserves of oil have actually increased, not decreased, despite greatly increased consumption. In this post I want to dig deeper and look at the changes that have brought about this paradox, and what it means for Peak Oil.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Onshore Wind

October 21, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Wind

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of onshore wind energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.[read more]