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India's Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets Jumpstarting Job Growth

August 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Renewable Energy

India’s solar and wind programs have catalyzed rapid growth, providing much needed energy access while creating enormous employment opportunities for India’s workforce, as discussed during the launch of a new series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance in New Delhi today.[read more]

Can Nuclear Energy Secure Financing? Nuclear Power and the Capital Challenge

August 26, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Paying for Nuclear Plants

Quite often we hear about the problem of attracting financing to support new build nuclear projects. While it is easy to agree that financing nuclear projects is a big challenge, in my view difficulty securing financing is not the issue – rather it is a symptom of a number of other very important issues that are the root cause.[read more]

Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

August 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and Big Oil

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate.[read more]

Upholding FERC Order 1000 Unlocks Efficiency and Spurs Clean Energy Solutions

August 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC Order 1000 Effects

Because the power grid crosses state and utility boundaries, a coordinated planning approach to electricity transmission (that is, moving electricity from one place to another) is more efficient and cost effective than multiple entities planning in isolation.[read more]

Failed Fuel Cell Maker Lilliputian, Cleantech VC, and Due Diligence

August 26, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Investment, Technology, and Risk

Failed MIT spinout and consumer fuel cell startup Lilliputian Systems faces the sell-off of its assets and IP after more than twelve years of development and hype, $150 million in VC investment and dozens of press releases attesting to the strength of its portable charging technology.[read more]

Nearly 100% of New Generating Capacity This Year is Advanced Energy

August 26, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy and Generating Capacity

Advanced energy is on the march. A new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that, of all the new electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. since January, more than 97 percent was advanced energy.[read more]

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

August 26, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

New Study on Fracking and Water

 

In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen.[read more]

Energy Reform Could Increase Mexico's Long-Term Oil Production by 75%

August 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Mexico Energy Production

On August 11, 2014, Mexico's president signed into law new legislation that will open its oil and natural gas markets to foreign direct investment, effectively ending the seventy-five-year-old monopoly of state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).[read more]

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Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia and Solar Energy

“People like to be part of something positive,” said Aaron Sutch, Program Director of VA SUN, an offshoot of Community Power Network in Washington, DC. “The social aspect of participating as a community in a technology that enables self-reliance while helping the environment is a real driver.”[read more]

Climate Interest, But No Action in the 113th Congress

August 25, 2014 by Jason Ye

Congress and Climate

The 113th Congress is on track to be one of the least productive and most divided in history. No legislation explicitly mentioning climate change has been enacted into law, but more bills and resolutions related to climate change have been introduced in this Congress than in the previous one.[read more]

Building Smart Cities in India

August 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Smart Cities

In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace the country’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a new central government think-tank led by a mix of experts.[read more]

Which Solar Company Boasts the Highest Market Cap?

August 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Coming in with a $6.92 billion market cap (the total dollar market value of the company's outstanding shares) is First Solar, the cadmium-telluride thin-film solar panel builder and project engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company.[read more]

Natural Gas Serves a Small, but Growing, Portion of China's Total Energy Demand

August 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Natural Gas

China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Some Thoughts on US Natural Gas Inventories as Fall Approaches

August 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Natural Gas Inventories

Last winter’s unusually harsh weather drew down natural gas storage inventories well below five-year average levels and left the industry assessing the degree to which producers would replenish inventories ahead of heating demand season.[read more]

Finally, Good News Out of Washington: IRS Clarifies Tax Credit; Court Upholds FERC Order

August 24, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

The past couple weeks brought two federal regulatory victories for the advanced energy industry. On August 8, the IRS released new guidelines for projects to qualify for the renewable energy production tax credit. On August 15, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed the FERC's Order 1000.[read more]