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From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada's Ocean Temperatures Approach 4 Degrees Celsius Above Normal

November 25, 2014 by Jim Baird

Canadian Ocean Temps

In view of the unprecedented warming occurring off of the coasts of Canada, more Canadian decision makers as well as interested parties might start considering solutions to the situation, which is likely to soon become a very difficult predicament.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson

EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]

Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics

November 25, 2014 by Devashree Saha

In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.[read more]

Torrefaction via Radio Waves

November 25, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Radio Waves and Energy

I have found over the years that the vast majority of biomass to energy projects aren’t economically viable for one reason or another. I have looked at companies that utilize many different conversion technologies, and most of the time my job consisted of searching for fatal flaws of different approaches.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

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What Does 'Energy Access' Even Mean Anyway?

November 24, 2014 by Patricia Levi

Energy for Human Development

What does it mean for a household or business in a developing country to have electricity access? This apparently simple question has a complex and contested answer. How electricity access is defined has important implications for what types of interventions planners design for future electrification progress.[read more]

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Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

November 24, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Coal Ash Waste Disposal Risk

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife.[read more]

Keystone XL Loses Another Round

November 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The image that will stick with me from the recent failed attempt by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to avoid a filibuster on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is that of her Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) standing next to a blown-up photo of choking smog, presumably in China.[read more]

Strong New Methane Standards Would Stop Waste, Save Money, and Also Protect the Climate

November 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Standards and Savings

If you send a bucket to the well, you make sure it doesn’t have a hole in it first. You’re careful that the new milk carton isn’t seeping all over your refrigerator shelf. And you know that a dripping water pipe can mean big problems if you don’t get after it quickly. Leaks are messy, wasteful, and often costly.[read more]

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

November 24, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Green Climate Fund Reaching Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011.[read more]

The US-China Climate Deal: Don't Get Carried Away

November 24, 2014 by Chris Hope

The US and China announced what has been hailed as a historic deal on greenhouse gas emissions, with China agreeing to cap emissions around 2030 and the US committing to 26 – 28% reductions by 2025. What does this actually mean for the climate and for the damage that climate change might bring?[read more]

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

November 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Grid Modernization

SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region.[read more]

Contraction and Convergence in Practice?

November 24, 2014 by David Hone

US-China Climate Deal Analysis

The in-tandem announcement last week by the USA and China caught many by surprise, resulted in lots of applause and back slapping and then raised questions as to which country has the tougher or easier deal. A bit of simple analysis offered below may help answer that question.[read more]

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

Natural Gas is the Dominant Heating Fuel in Colder Parts of the Country

November 23, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Colder Regions Use Natural Gas

Natural gas consumption varies widely by region of the country. The majority of households that heat with natural gas are located in the Midwest and Northeast. In the upcoming winter months, homes in the East North Central Census division are expected to consume the most natural gas.[read more]