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Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

August 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A federal court upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers.[read more]

What the Green Revolution in Electronics Means for the Smart Grid

August 19, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

One of the oft-flogged analogies about the Smart Grid is that building it is like assembling a plane in flight. The challenges start with trying to overlay new technologies on top of older infrastructure, choosing winners and losers in competing standards, and melding together diverse equipment.[read more]

How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

August 19, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

A decade after the surge of attention in marine energy technologies, the industry has not been able to overcome severe technical and financial challenges. As a result, installations have remained at pilot scale, while financing has been largely limited to government programs for testing and demonstrations.[read more]

Raising Gas Prices to Grow An Economy

August 19, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Gas Prices and Economies

Two weeks ago, Yemen increased gasoline prices from $2.20 to $3.50 per gallon, while increasing diesel prices from $1.70 to $3.40. These are significant increases. These reforms in Yemen bring the price of both fuels up to market levels.[read more]

Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management

August 19, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of Things. Energy management will be a multi-trillion dollar industry that will reverberate across industrialized economies.[read more]

Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

August 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Coal Consumption

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel of Chinese coal consumption: It appears China's coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the 'war on pollution' is not just talk.[read more]

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Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

August 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany and its Energy Sources

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted. Such is the case with renewable energy in Germany, where anything is to be believed.[read more]

Florida's Energy Efficiency and Solar Resources Are Ripe For The Picking

August 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Green Energy

Florida’s energy efficiency and solar energy resources are as plentiful as the fruit on their trees. Taking advantage of these resources will not only help Florida, a state uniquely vulnerable to climate change, comply with the Clean Power Plan. It will do all kinds of great things for the Sunshine State.[read more]

Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables, Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up

August 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Renewables and Corporate Adoption

Last month, twelve major corporations announced a combined goal of buying 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy each year, and called for market changes to make these large-scale purchases possible. Their commitment shows that demand for renewables has reached the big time.[read more]

As Coal Declines, U.S. Poised for Leadership in LNG Exports

August 18, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Coal and LNG Exports

 

Just last year we noted that the U.S. was poised to become a major exporter of liquid natural gas. We saw another step in that direction as the DoE announced that it had conditionally authorized Oregon-based LNG Development Co., LLC to export LNG to countries without a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.[read more]

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

August 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Distributed Generation

 

United States utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models.[read more]

Why Natural Gas Prices Collapsed

August 18, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Natural Gas Prices

I have laid out the argument since last winter that because of the deep inventory hole that developed over the course of the exceptionally cold winter, natural gas prices would remain high relative to last year, and that as a result natural gas producers would likely report higher year-over-year profits.[read more]

The Failure of the UK Climate Change Act

August 18, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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UK Climate Legislation

The Belgian think tank Bruegel points to data showing that the United Kingdom's GDP has returned to pre-economic crisis levels. This allows us to do a quick and intuitive examination of how much the UK economy has decarbonized over that time period.[read more]

How to Choose a Great Solar Supplier

August 18, 2014 by Nigel Morris

We very recently did some work helping to update and further educate consumers with Solar Citizens, speaking with hundreds of engaged solar owners around the country. And we are currently working with Greenpeace on a similar exercise.[read more]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

Steam Coal Imports Remain Down Sharply from Historic High in 2007

August 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Steam Coal Imports

Steam coal imports at electric power plants have fallen significantly from their peak level of more than 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013. The number of plants using imported coal similarly fell from a peak of 48 in 2006 to 13 in 2013.[read more]