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]

Clean Power Progress Will Continue

February 11, 2016 by Bob Perciasepe

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]

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]

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]

More Drinking Water Contamination Linked to the Oil and Gas Industry in Texas and Pennsylvania

February 11, 2016 by Amy Mall

Oil and Gas Links to Water Pollution?

Two recent drinking water investigations in Texas show dangerous levels of contamination. And in Pennsylvania, a report looked at transparency and procedural problems at the Pennsylvania Department of the Environment by reviewing hundreds of files where water had been contaminated.[read more]

The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

February 10, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Mapping the Energy System

Electricity in the U.S. is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. These changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other.[read more]

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A Universal Grid

February 10, 2016 by Jim Baird

Grid Infrastructure Development

Right of ways are required to ensure providers can build, operate and maintain systems that bring energy from its points of production to its points of consumption. In view of the difficulty in obtaining them, the fewer we can get by with the better.[read more]

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 10, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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State Carbon Reduction Planning

The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the NERC, the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers.[read more]

Demand Response Saves Electricity During Times of High Demand

February 10, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

High Demand Efficiency

Demand response in the electricity market involves the targeted reduction of electricity use during times of high demand. A recent Supreme Court ruling is expected to result in faster growth in demand response in the wholesale electricity markets that cover about 60% of U.S. power supply.[read more]

Students See Clean Energy in Action on IAP Wind Turbine Tour

February 10, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Wind Turbine Tour

On one of the coldest days in January, a group of MIT students and staff boarded a bus to the small peninsula town of Hull, Massachusetts, for an MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) wind turbine tour during the Institute’s Independent Activities Period (IAP).[read more]

New Report Confirms FirstEnergy's $4-Billion Boondoggle

February 10, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange
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FirstEnergy and Customer Costs

FirstEnergy’s plea to keep four aging power plants alive will cost Ohio customers almost $4 billion, according to a new study out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The proposal is currently in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).[read more]

Brian Bagnell's Tips for Smart Oil and Gas Investing

February 10, 2016 by Jim Patrick

Energy Investment

Brian Bagnell, CFA, is a research analyst in Canadian oil and gas company analysis for Macquarie Capital Markets. He was formerly an investment associate at NB Investment Management. He holds a bachelor's in business administration (finance and accounting) from the University of New Brunswick.[read more]

News Updates from ANS, Third Way

February 10, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Industry News

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) introduced the Nuclear in the States Toolkit, Version 1.0 at a media event in Washington, D.C. The toolkit catalogs policies related to new and existing nuclear reactors for state policymakers to consider as they draft their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies.[read more]