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Drought Rates Missing from Most Local Drought Plans in California

February 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Drought Rates and Local Plans

Today, they are short of water. Tomorrow, they will be short of money. As water supplies dwindle in the face of what could actually be the driest year in California’s history, most of the state’s urban water utilities face 2014 financially flatfooted.[read more]

Fast Fix: Opower's 5 Universal Truths About Utility Customers - Do You Agree?

November 21, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Utility Customers

Customer Service Week hosted a discussion this morning with Opower‘s VP-Analytics Nancy Hersch and Customer Insights Senior Manager Lauren Llewellyn about five truths about utility customers the company is finding in its quantitative and qualitative research.[read more]

Dr. Kim Sweeps World Bank Policy Violations on Tata Mundra Coal Plant Under the Rug

October 29, 2013 by Justin Guay
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Tata Mundra Coal Plant

Just a few short months ago the World Bank got itself on the right side of history by placing severe restrictions on coal finance. That was thanks in large part to World Bank President Dr. Kim's leadership. Now the institutions past transgressions are coming back to haunt him.[read more]

Can Accountants Succeed on Climate Where Others Have Failed? [Video]

February 21, 2013 by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson
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For anyone concerned about getting the government to act on climate change, the GAO report raises a tantalizing question: Can accountants succeed where scientists and the environmental movement haven’t?[read more]

The Future of Global Climate Policy: Taking Stock of Our Climate Outlook (Part 1)

January 23, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

  Significantly limiting humanity’s impact on the global climate is quite simply an enormous task. Unfortunately, thanks to budget austerity and federal gridlock, any hope of implementing sweeping U.S. climate/energy policy has been optimistically pushed back to 2013 or beyond (though some incremental improvement is possible). And...[read more]

Are President Obama’s Policies Causing U.S. Oil Production to Rise?

January 23, 2012 by Robert Rapier
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Question: What do President Barack Obama and ex-President Jimmy Carter have in common? Answer: Both presided over strong increases in domestic oil production that were a result of decisions made before they took office, as I explain in this post.[read more]

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Archive: "How to Save a Planet On a Budget" Part 3 - Lessons For Cleantech

December 19, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

This third hour focuses on the venture capital environment for cleantech. Cleantech VC Environment, Moderated by Jesse Jenkins Featuring: Will Coleman, Scott Edward Anderson & Dan Shugar[read more]

Why Some Republicans are Delusional About Oil & Energy Policy

December 12, 2011 by Robert Rapier
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Two Sides of a Coin In a recent video blog about energy politics, I stated that in my opinion each of the major political parties in the U.S. only gets half of the energy picture. Democrats tend to demonize oil usage, with many believing that we can shift to renewables for our energy needs. To be clear, we can — but not in the way they...[read more]

Check Out Our Energy Efficiency Policy Tracker!

October 4, 2011 by Carrie Nash

Our most recent Policy Tracker is available now, with updates on important energy efficiency policy and building energy code developments from across the Northeast[read more]

Is Western Society Suffering from a Collective Anxiety Attack? OccupyWallStreet may be an Expression of Just That

September 30, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

I wrote the post below a week or so ago and thought later I should take it down because it was too negative. In fact, a few people unsubscribed to this blog immediately after I posted it. I do like to use this blog to build hope that there are technologies, policy options, and creative initiatives out there to make the world a more...[read more]

Pull The Highest Lever

September 21, 2011 by Gernot Wagner

Individual action won’t do to solve global warming. It needs to be something collective. But what if individual action is all you’ve got? Say you are running a small, grassroots organization with the aim of making a difference in the community. You can do a lot of good by advocating for all the things that matter to the community. Global warming or global overfishing affects your community, but it’s also clear that your individual actions won’t solve the problem. What now?[read more]

TCASE 14: Assessment of Electricity Generation Costs

August 17, 2011 by Barry Brook
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In the previous TCASE post, I considered how various low-carbon energy technologies meet the following criteria: commercial readiness, scalability, dispatchability, fuel constraints, load access, storage requirements, capacity factor and emissions intensity. Here I consider the next issue: cost of deployment, based on expert...[read more]

The Rolling Urgency Paradox

August 3, 2011 by Michael Tobis
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We have only ten years to act on climate! Four years ago we only had ten years to act! Ten years ago we only had ten years to act! Twenty years ago, the same!This is very poor messaging, even though in a sense it is true.Let me try to explain how this could be true in some sense. Then maybe we can consider how to say this better....[read more]

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MPG Ratings for Buildings: The Next Wave of Energy Efficiency

July 29, 2011 by Andrew Burr
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Similar to MPG ratings on cars, building energy ratings give the market a way to compare and value the energy use of buildings. A major new report highlights the enormous energy-saving potential of government policies that require buildings to be energy rated.[read more]

The Way Back to 280 ppm

July 25, 2011 by Sam Carana
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Two feebates can separately, yet complimentary, get emissions cut 80% by 2020 and carbon dioxide on the way back to 280 ppm.[read more]