Insights in Resilience: Climate Change and Human Health

February 12, 2016 by Emilie Mazzacurati

Public Health and Climate

The healthcare sector is often the first to witness the impacts of poor air quality, extreme weather, and other climate hazards on the health of the community. From heat waves to floods and exposure to rapidly spreading vector borne illnesses, the nexus of climate change and human health gets stronger every day.[read more]

Why 7 Years Of Low Natural Gas Prices Haven't Brought Down Electricity Prices

February 12, 2016 by Benjamin Burger

Natural Gas Prices and Consumer Impacts

After peaking in 2008, the collapse of natural gas prices theoretically saved Americans nearly $250 billion over 3 years. Had the net savings been a stimulus package, the first year alone would have actually been the second biggest in history.[read more]

Supreme Court Stays CPP While Senate Halts Energy Bill

February 12, 2016 by Matt Stanberry

The Supreme Court and the Clean Power Plan

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan until the pending litigation against the rule is resolved, including any appeal to the high court. This means the rule will be in legal limbo until the Supreme Court rules on the merits of the case.[read more]

Electricity Usage In Texas Grew In 2015 Led By Renewables

February 12, 2016 by Devon Bass

Renewables in Texas

ERCOT, the Texas electricity authority, reported an increase in total system-wide electricity usage for 2015. This is due in large part to record breaking summer demand for power which saw a peak demand record of almost 70,000 megawatts.[read more]

Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs and Clean Energy Competition

February 12, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Nevada Clean Energy Policy

If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.[read more]

Natural Gas Use for Power Generation Higher This Winter

February 12, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Winter Consumption

So far this winter, natural gas consumption in the electric power sector (gas burn) has been higher than in any previous winter. According to Bentek Energy, gas burn in the electric power sector has averaged 25.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) so far this winter, November 1st through February 8th.[read more]

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Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Project Gathering Steam

February 12, 2016 by Ben Adler

Water Conservation in Cadiz Valley

What if there was an abundant source of pure water under the desert sands? There is. Beneath the scorched earth of a western desert lies a supply of water greater than that contained in North America's Lake Mead. The problem is that much of this water is either inaccessible, unusable, or is being lost to evaporation.[read more]

NRG Gets Licenses for STP Twin ABWRs, but Little Hope to Build Them

February 12, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Plant and Actual Construction Possibilities

The NRC has cleared the way for the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses for Nuclear Innovation North America’s South Texas Project site in Texas. The project involves twin 1350 MW ABWR nuclear reactors. The NRC certified the ABWR design in 1997.[read more]

Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh: "It's an Exciting Time to be in Nuclear Engineering."

February 12, 2016 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Future

During the Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase, there was a terrific conversation about a growing excitement among students studying nuclear engineering, among more established members of the nuclear community, and among other people who are passionate about helping to save the world.[read more]

Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem

February 12, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Big Data and Big Buildings

Big Data isn't just an impressive show of new technology, it's a way to solve problems. In fact, quantitative analysis in the digital age - done in a scientific way to build objective evidence - has been called the best and most powerful instrument for the creation of good policy and social progress.[read more]

Clean Power Progress Will Continue

February 11, 2016 by Bob Perciasepe
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Supreme Court's Clean Power Plan Stay

The Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan may slow, but certainly does not stop, progress toward a cleaner power system in the U.S. There’s no telling how the legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan, which were always expected, will ultimately play out. But there are a few important points to keep in mind.[read more]

ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry

February 11, 2016 by Bill Squadron

Aviation Emissions Standards for Reduction Goals

Today the aviation industry is responsible for about two percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due to rapid industry growth.[read more]

Resilient Hospitals: Using Climate Data for Better Healthcare Planning

February 11, 2016 by Emilie Mazzacurati

Climate and Healthcare

Climate change increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and conditions – from asthma to vector diseases — likely to increase demand for healthcare. However, most hospitals have yet to integrate local climate change projections into their risk management and planning processes.[read more]

The Torch of 2011 Revisited

February 11, 2016 by Charles Barton

Climate Change and Living Necessity

This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,"Can I survive climate change energy solutions?" I realized during that time that low cost, dispatchable electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life.[read more]

New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

February 11, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

New York State Emissions Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting comments on its proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations will establish New York's first limits on two types of pollution emitted from distributed, onsite generation sources like diesel-powered generators.[read more]

Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization

February 11, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

State Grid Grades

The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.[read more]

U.S. Mining and Exploration Investment Declined 35% in 2015

February 11, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Mining Investment Declines Over the Last Year

Mining and exploration investment declined 35% in 2015, the second largest year-over-year decline since the U.S. BEA began reporting the series in 1948. Most mining and exploration investment reflects petroleum exploration and development, but the category also includes natural gas, coal, and other minerals.[read more]

Coming Together on Climate

February 11, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Climate Education and Solutions

On January 19th, some 35 members of the MIT community spent a day getting creative and collaborative on solutions to carbon emissions and climate change at the Hackathon for Climate. The all-day event invited community members to come together on the topic of climate change.[read more]