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5 States Leading the Distributed Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy by State

We’re going to need some sophisticated software to integrate distributed rooftop PV, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in EVs and smart-metered, energy-savvy homes, office buildings and factories into the grid. We’ll also need some sophisticated policy-making.[read more]

Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

A Proverbial "Carbon Sink" to Help Explain Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

September 23, 2014 by Noah Deich
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The Carbon Sink

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) can seem like a complex and confusing topic when explained in the academic language common among many of the field's proponents. But the reasons why CDR is important in the fight against climate change are actually fairly simple.[read more]

Remember Back When Everybody Hated Electricity Deregulation?

September 23, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Electricity Deregulation

Important technological and efficiency advances are happening, and competition is providing some of the impetus for that. But much of the economics and politics of this industry have been and still are dominated by the not-very-noble desire to stick someone else with existing infrastructure costs.[read more]

Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

September 23, 2014 by Armond Cohen

Decarbonization and Immediate Necessity

Climate Week is a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of CCS and nuclear alongside such options as wind and solar.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jacob Sandry

Mexico and Solar

In Mexico a growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year. Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables.[read more]

Federal Energy News: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

September 22, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on energy tax reform, the EPA extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a ruling on a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demand response regulation.[read more]

Mayor de Blasio's Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard New York

September 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a dramatic pledge for progress here at home.[read more]

The Two Energy Revolutions Are Progressing in Tandem

September 22, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Last year I wrote about the two major energy revolutions happening globally, the shale revolution--mainly in the US--and the renewable energy revolution, focused more on technologies than geography but with big concentrations in Europe and increasingly Asia and the Americas.[read more]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]

Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

September 22, 2014 by Justin Guay

Germany Coal Finance

If Germany is so coal friendly, why is it contemplating a significant move away from international coal financing? Because the international community has moved swiftly and quickly to end coal financing, and Germany doesn't want to be an outlier.[read more]

'Time-of-Use' Electricity Pricing

September 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity Pricing

My mom is a pro at shopping for good deals. She taught me the importance of timing my purchases during the off-peak season to get the most value for my dollar. Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity pricing reminds me of the lessons my mom taught me.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Is the Shine Coming Off U.S. LNG Exports?

September 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Exports and Change

A few Asian buyers of United States liquid natural gas are looking to sell portions of the supply they previously purchased under long-term contracts, suggesting the overall excitement over exporting US natural gas as LNG could be waning a bit.[read more]

New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Water Policy

California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.[read more]

Climate Activism: Why We March

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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People's Climate March

A New York City councilman recently asked me to identify the purpose of Sunday’s People’s Climate March. Over the past several months, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot, but two days out, I think I’ve arrived at my answer.[read more]