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Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

Georgia Is the Latest State to Procure Dirt-Cheap Solar Power

October 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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In Obama's America, according to conservatives, utilities are forced to consume expensive green energy mandated by the government. But in an ideal conservative America utilities would procure the cheapest and most reliable resource to deliver value to consumers. Those worlds have officially collided.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

October 17, 2014 by Steven Cohen

The world we are creating with global communications and global economic production is fast becoming a true global society. Nevertheless, place continues to have meaning as both communities and nations become even more treasured in a world of mass-produced impressions and fear of homogenization.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports as Share of Consumption at Lowest Level in 29 Years

October 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Imports and Consumption

U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Energy consumption in the first half of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of 2013, but consumption growth was outpaced by increases in total energy production.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]

Life-Cycle Study Confirms Global Environmental Benefit of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

October 16, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Low-Carbon Tech Benefits

A new study examines the environmental impacts and resource requirements of large-scale global implementation of a variety of low-carbon power generation tech as backbone of a new low-carbon power supply infrastructure. Basically, this research goes one step further than previous life-cycle assessments.[read more]

​In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown

October 16, 2014 by Rob Day
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Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects

LED lighting is one powerful tool for addressing climate change. And the people working hard to accelerate adoption of LED lighting should be very proud of what they are doing. We can do even more, too. But to say that LEDs are "unlikely" to make a positive impact on climate change is just not true.[read more]

Why Energy Efficiency Can Increase Energy Consumption in Poor Countries

Energy Efficiency and Consumption Growth

Over the last several decades there has been a broad consensus that energy efficiency is a cheap way to reduce emissions. Make cars and bulbs more efficient and energy use will go down. But behind the scenes, a growing group of energy researchers were quietly discovering a more complicated reality.[read more]

Will a Dirty Coal Plant in Kosovo Spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

October 16, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Kosovo and Coal Plants

For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment to carbon divestment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.[read more]

European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite Weakened Stance on Tar Sands, New Measures Take Important Step on Climate Policy

October 16, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

It is good news that Europe has published final measures that will require EU member states to lower the carbon intensity of their transport fuel mix by 6% before a 2020 deadline. If adopted, this would be a step in the right direction. But the final policy wasn't as strong as it could have been.[read more]

Are Rebound Effects a Problem for Energy Efficiency?

October 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Efficiency Rebound and Value

The New York Times got the headline wrong in "The Problem With Energy Efficiency." Rebound effects are only 'problem' for energy efficiency if you believe efficiency’s unalloyed goal is to cut energy consumption. But that is hardly the case.[read more]

Wisconsin: The Latest Solar Energy Battleground

October 15, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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You might not expect Wisconsin, a state with just a few hundred solar installations, to become the next solar battleground. But utility We Energies is attempting an attack on solar — and on all its electric customers — so extreme that it’s making headlines around the country.[read more]

North Carolina is Well-Positioned for the EPA's Clean Power Plan

October 15, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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North Carolina and the Clean Power Plan

A majority of Americans endorse setting limits on carbon emissions from the nation's power plants, which account for the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. The United States is on the verge of doing just that with EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Report Lays Out Five Ways the U.S. Can Cut Emissions While Boosting the Economy

October 15, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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Cutting the United States' greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change could save billions in energy costs and boost revenue for the natural gas industry, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute, a research organization that advocates for environmental sustainability.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams
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UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]