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Decarbonizing Development to Secure a Sustainable Future

Decarbonization and Planning

In the past few years, the World Bank has redoubled its efforts to promote sustainable economic development by identifying two goals that can help measure progress towards this objective: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity.[read more]

Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

May 26, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Clean Energy Capacity

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets. The report offers encouraging data on supplies and investments. But by cherry-picking their case studies and making strange analytical conclusions, Pew paints a selective and flawed picture of electrification in poor countries.[read more]

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Continuing to Serve Their Country: How Veterans Grow the Wind Industry

May 25, 2015 by Mark Albenze

Veterans & the wind industry

We recognize that hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line. Military veterans have acquired extensive technical training and experience through their service, which makes them uniquely qualified for many positions – particularly in the wind industry.[read more]

"Greens" fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

May 22, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA and Mining Projects

On February 28, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a preemptive veto of the Pebble project, citing its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. That action was initiated even though the developers had not yet filed a permit request[read more]

Rather than Divest, Advocate for Carbon Balancing

May 22, 2015 by John DeCicco
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Divestment and Balance on Carbon

Divestment campaigns that seek to halt fossil fuel use are ill-premised because they confuse a means with the end. The end goal is to re-balance the carbon cycle; reducing fossil fuel use is an important way but the not the only way to accomplish that goal.[read more]

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Pipelines and the Coastal Environment

This spill in Santa Barbara uncovers the gap between industry's rhetoric and reality, revealing risks associated with oil transportation infrastructure, the poor record of leak detection technology, and the inadequacy of spill response[read more]

The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?

May 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Home Automation and Energy Savings

After a decade or more of false starts and unrealistic expectations, “connected home” technology is finally gaining enough market share for vendors to start bragging about the numbers.[read more]

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Green Infrastructure and Cleaner Waterways

Washington DC's water and sewer utility will use green infrastructure to catch rainfall and prevent sewage overflows into the Potomac River and Rock Creek instead of building the underground tunnels it had originally planned.[read more]

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman
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Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Low Crude Oil Prices, Increased Gasoline Demand Lead to High Refiner Margins

May 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Refiner Margins

Gasoline crack spreads in the United States, especially on the U.S. East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months. Crack spreads, which reflect the difference between wholesale product prices and crude oil prices, are a good indicator of refiner profitability.[read more]

UN Sustainable Energy Goals Falling "Substantially Short"

May 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Transition and Developing Economies

Although renewable energy is the fastest-growing portion of new electricity generation in many countries, its rate of growth is still not fast enough to meet the UN goals and unseat legacy sources of generation, primarily coal.[read more]

Hanergy Thin Film Power Shares Plunge 47 Percent, Trading Halted

May 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

China Solar Market Risk

Hanergy just lost $18 billion in market value as its stock dropped 47% and triggered a shutdown in trading. The Wall Street Journal suggests that the sell-off was prompted by Yingli's recent financial news and weakness in the China solar market. But Hanergy has plenty of reasons to shed shareholder value.[read more]

Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[read more]

More Steps Towards Paris

May 21, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Framework

Substantial progress is being made towards a good coverage of INDC submissions by the time of the Paris COP, although many eyes will now be turning to the emerging economies for the real signal with regards tackling global emissions. Mexico has made a good start in that regard.[read more]