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Energy Quote of the Day: 'It's Likely a Business We're in Long-Term Irrespective of Keystone'

November 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Keystone Construction and Energy Business

Long viewed as a more expensive short-term solution to pipelines, it appears transporting crude oil via rail is likely to continue in conjunction with pipeline infrastructure. As North American oil production crept steadily higher over the past several years, the output surge overwhelmed existing pipelines.[read more]

Does Texas Need a Carbon Tax to Meet EPA Climate Rules?

November 27, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The Texas grid has (mostly) kept the lights on despite having minimal reserve margins for years. But if ERCOT, which operates the state’s grid, implements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions, it will reduce grid reliability in the state even further.[read more]

Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?

November 27, 2014 by Rod Adams

On October 20, IBM announced that it was spinning off its chip division by paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion. GlobalFoundaries appears to have won the deal with its geographic position of owning fabrication facilities in New York as well as in Germany and Malaysia.[read more]

Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap its Coal Consumption by 2020

November 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China Climate Breakthrough

Hard on the heels of the US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Number of Megawatts is Simply not Replaceable in the Short Term with Renewables'

November 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Renewables as Short Term Replacements

Utilities are considering “repowering” old coal-fired power plants with natural gas. Environmental groups initiated lawsuits to stop these plants. Environmentalists want to shut the plants and replace the power they generate with renewables. Utilities argue this is not always possible, particularly in the short term.[read more]

America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

November 26, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This is the 50th anniversary of New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World's Fair which took place the same year the bridge opened.[read more]

Why the Phrase 'Energy Leapfrogging' Is Misleading

November 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Leapfrogging?

A recent Business Week column on India described, “leapfrogging the nation’s ailing power-distribution infrastructure with solar-powered local networks — the same way mobile-phones have enabled people in poor, remote places to bypass landlines.” But there a difference between cell phones and solar panels.[read more]

In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More

November 25, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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The Clean Power Plan and Advanced Energy

 

Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.[read more]

It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012

November 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Install Pricing Drop

Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped $28 billion. When scientists say we need a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news. It's certainly not good by climate action standards. But it's not as bad as it sounds either.[read more]

From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada's Ocean Temperatures Approach 4 Degrees Celsius Above Normal

November 25, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Canadian Ocean Temps

In view of the unprecedented warming occurring off of the coasts of Canada, more Canadian decision makers as well as interested parties might start considering solutions to the situation, which is likely to soon become a very difficult predicament.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]

Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics

November 25, 2014 by Devashree Saha

In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

Keystone XL Loses Another Round

November 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The image that will stick with me from the recent failed attempt by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to avoid a filibuster on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is that of her Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) standing next to a blown-up photo of choking smog, presumably in China.[read more]

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

November 24, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Green Climate Fund Reaching Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011.[read more]