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Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?

March 23, 2015 by Daniel Posen
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Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires refiners, blenders and importers of transport fuels to meet targets that increase progressively through 2022. Seven years later, and the standard is facing two seemingly opposite stumbling blocks: weak supply (of cellulosic biofuel), and weak demand.[read more]

Would Standardized Nuclear Plant Designs Prevent Construction Overruns and Delays? Lessons From the 1970s

March 18, 2015 by Will Davis
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Nuclear Plants and Design Efficiency

 

Delays and cost overruns are running rampant in new nuclear plants under construction today in 2015. This is more or less the morass in which nuclear plant construction became mired in the 70's, when an innovative management approach was developed to ease the process: SNUPPS.[read more]

EU 'Fuel Quality Directive Should be Extended After 2020,' Leading Lawmaker Underlines [VIDEO]

February 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters
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EU Fuel Standards and Directives

Leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Finnish MEP Nils Torvalds (ALDE), rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) for the European Parliament to talk about the position of transport in the EU 2030 climate and energy policy.[read more]

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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 18, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

Studies Provide Insight on Two Overlooked Segments of Oil and Gas Industry

February 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Overlooked Oil and Gas Segments

Two recently released studies in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology provide new insights into methane emissions from significant sources in the oil and natural gas sector and underscore the urgency of taking action to address pollution from these sources.[read more]

Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

New York State Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers, and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

January 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy and Acess

 

Offsite solar (and other small-scale renewables) projects will bring to New Yorkers all the great benefits that clean energy has to offer—pollution-free power; new, good-paying jobs; significant cost-savings on electricity. These projects will be supported by residential and business customers alike.[read more]

As Canada's New Energy Sheriff Shakes Things Up, Credibility is Imperative

December 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Canada, Regulation, and Trust

Alberta is Canada’s energy powerhouse, home to the country’s natural gas reserves and many coal mines. As the country seeks to be a global energy power it needs the steward of its abundant resources to be viewed as the world’s best, and that responsibility falls on the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator.[read more]

Federal Proposal to Update Natural Gas Transportation Market Would Benefit Environment

December 11, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Natural Gas Transport Regulation

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency responsible for regulating the wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, issued a proposed policy statement designed to encourage pipeline operators to replace their leakiest equipment: compressor stations.[read more]

Renewable Natural Gas Helps Reduce Emissions, Policy Support Needed

December 8, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Renewable Natural Gas and Emissions Reduction

Natural gas use is growing throughout the world as new drilling techniques open up vast shale and other tight resources. The result is low-cost gas flooding the market. The advantages of natural gas over other fossil fuels have put it in a favored position as emissions regulations continue to tighten around the world.[read more]

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency

October 24, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it has become a political battle ground.[read more]

"Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation

October 18, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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New York Energy Reform

In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.[read more]

Brookings Institute Argues for Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

September 16, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Oil Export Regulation

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to President Obama, gave a speech at a recent event presenting the case why the ban on United States crude oil exports should be lifted. The ban is a legacy policy from the 1970’s that is no longer relevant in today’s market.[read more]