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Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes' New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Building in the World

April 24, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Denis Hayes and Green Buildings

Forty-four years ago, Denis Hayes convened the first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States and heralded a new global awareness of the need to preserve our natural resources. Hayes is now at the vanguard of an effort to rethink our buildings and our growing cities.[read more]

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

April 24, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewable Wood Fuels Impact

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?[read more]

Federal Court Strikes Down Minnesota's Limits on Coal Power Imports: A Critical Moment for State Regulation of Imported Fuel & Electricity

April 24, 2014 by James Coleman

On April 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota struck down the State of Minnesota’s restrictions on importing electricity from coal power plants in other states. The court held that these restrictions improperly regulated electric generators and utilities outside the state.[read more]

10 Charts that Explain Climate Change Mitigation (Plus 2 More that Explain Negotiation)

April 24, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Climate Change Mitigation and Negotiation

I really love the IPCC (high confidence), but if you read the summary for policymakers (medium confidence), some of the wording doesn’t exactly role of the tongue (robust evidence, medium agreement). You know what I mean? (medium evidence, medium agreement).[read more]

RET Review: Roadblock or Opportunity?

April 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Sometimes I wish I had decided to sell solar systems instead of research and advice. From the outside, it often seems like you guys are all making the big money and I’m just fiddling round the edges, but then I look at the volatility and complexity that you face and think I made the right decision.[read more]

How Earth Day is Just Like New Year's Eve

April 23, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Earth Day and New Year's

I’m not eager to spoil the party of Earth Day. For the environmentalist crowd, a group to which I pledge my philosophical, if not always explicit, allegiance, Earth Day is a time for celebration and renewal. But there’s something in “Earth Day” that seems like New Years’ Eve: A disappointment.[read more]

Renewable Energy Gains in 2013 but Coal and Gas Still Dominate

April 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Renewables Growth

In January, renewable energy made up nearly 100 percent of new installed electricity capacity in the U.S., mostly driven by utility-scale solar. Last October, a study conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found the same level of domination by renewables.[read more]

Let's Rename Earth Day

April 23, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Rename Earth Day?

The subject of renaming Earth Day remains more relevant than ever in light of the world’s ongoing inaction on climate change, the over-running of Congress by climate zombies, Obama’s multi-year fecklessness on this gravest of threats, and the amazing climate silence of the U.S. media.[read more]

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Biomass: The World's Biggest Provider Of Renewable Energy

April 23, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Biomass and Renewables

If I asked you to think of renewable energy what comes to mind? I imagine it is skyscraper-sized wind turbines, solar panels on suburban roofs or massive hydro-electric dams. You probably do not think of burning wood or converting crops to liquid fuel to be used in cars.[read more]

What's Going on in Residential Solar? The View from Greentech Media's Solar Energy Summit

April 23, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Residential solar was a hot topic at the recent Greentech Media Solar Summit. Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst at GTM Research, started out the session on “Opportunities and Threats in the Residential Solar Market” by asking each panelist to share the key to success for residential solar, in five words.[read more]

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Primetime Debate: Will an Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Supergrid Solve China's Air Pollution Crisis?

April 23, 2014 by Michael Davidson

China Pollution Crisis and Solutions

It’s hard to imagine coverage of electricity transmission policy here in the U.S. The contrast with Chinese television’s treatment of these issues shows how public concerns over air pollution and renewables are being injected into a decade-old discussion on the relationship between the grid and the state.[read more]

Venture Capital, Family Offices, and the Drive for More Cleantech Success Stories

April 23, 2014 by Rob Day

A while back, I wrote about the role “impact investors” could play in funding the next wave of cleantech startups. This week I had the opportunity to sit in on a conversation between several such investors from the family office community and some of the smartest generalist VCs still investing in the sector.[read more]

India's Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

April 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India and Renewables

National elections are underway, dominating headlines across India. In parallel, the release of the second report from the IPCC documenting the impacts of climate change, has confirmed again the current and growing risks to the economy, human health and food supply of India’s communities.[read more]

California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Energy Systems to the Grid

April 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.[read more]

Oceans, Islands, Energy, and Climate Change

April 22, 2014 by Jim Baird

Oceans, Heat, and Climate

 

Over 30 years ago scientists failed to make the link between climate change and the thermal inertia of the oceans. We are paying now for the oversight and will into the future. Particularly island nations who must make the clean energy required for their self-preservation.[read more]

How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

April 22, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It's a witty commentary on the frequency of fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in energy storage conferences. Many will transform into data analytics events.[read more]