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Making Energy Work for Real People in Michigan

February 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

At Michigan's State of the State address this week, Governor Rick Snyder pushed a vision of 2015 that aims to restructure how government operates and works for real people. What this could mean on the energy front, however, is still to be determined.[read more]

LEDs: A First in Super Bowl History

January 31, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia
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There’s more to the Super Bowl than face paint, air horns, and a mountain of bean dip. (Oh, and beer. We cannot forget the beer.) While the country tunes in to watch the big game Sunday night, the focus will be on the field, but when the cameras pan out, try to catch a glimpse of the lights.[read more]

New Study Shows Alternative Fuel Supplies Could Triple on the West Coast

January 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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In my line of work to protect public health and the environment from car and truck pollution, one of the largest barriers continues to be, frankly, the lack of clean, alternative fuel choices. For every fifteen gasoline stations you drive by, on average only one will offer an alternative fuel option.[read more]

From Boston, More Troubling News About Methane Emissions

January 31, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Emissions and Environmental Risk

The everyday use of the fuel natural gas across the greater Boston area is resulting in much higher emissions of methane than previously thought, according to a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This is What I Hate About This Industry'

January 31, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse and the Energy Industry

 

The fallout from the trend of declining oil prices continues materializing in the energy industry on a daily basis – several companies have announced workforce reductions this week – and Baker Hughes is one of the latest to make that difficult decision.[read more]

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

January 31, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

United States and China Agreements

On January 20th President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address, in which he focused much attention on climate change. It is vitally important for the president to make the case forcefully to the American public, and thus signal to the rest of the world the need for strong climate action.[read more]

Ayla and Regen Build the Internet of Things for Energy-Aware Buildings

January 31, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Here’s a noteworthy revenue figure to attach to the ill-defined and still-imaginary "internet of things" -- $99 in energy savings. That’s the average amount that Steve Dixon of Regen, says the Toronto-based startup’s tech can squeeze out of every rooftop air conditioner it equips with its “swarm logic” control system.[read more]

Why Build Green? [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 31, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Green Building Benefits

Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. 35-40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings.[read more]

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10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

A 50-Percent-By-2025 Renewable Energy Standard Can Help Governor Cuomo Realize His "Opportunity Agenda"

January 30, 2015 by Kit Kennedy
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New York State Energy Goals

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday didn't address clean energy, but there are some great clean energy proposals in the policy book that accompanied the speech, called the "2015 Opportunity Agenda."[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Residential and Commercial Building Solar

January 30, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Building Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV modules produce direct current, which is converted to grid-compatible alternating current through an inverter. The flat-plate PV modules are commonly mounted on the roofs of residential and commercial buildings.[read more]

Time-Variant Pricing 101: All Electricity is Not Priced Equally

January 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity Pricing

Utilities and regulators have made great strides in promoting renewable energy, increasing the efficiency of the power grid, and reducing pollution. But customers can be part of the solution by better managing their use of electricity, especially during those times when it is most expensive and dirty to produce.[read more]

Talking About Climate Change

January 30, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change and Public Discourse

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theater, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks. For example, the World Economic Forum in Davos, with climate change high on the agenda, hoping to build momentum for an agreement in Paris.[read more]

New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

January 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Earth Sustainability Limits

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet”.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Currency Depreciation Against the Dollar Affects Oil Importers and Exporters Differently

January 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Markets and Currency Values

The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices, depending on whether a particular country is a net importer or a net exporter of crude oil.[read more]