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Could Low Oil Prices Be a Positive Sign for the Carbon Removal Field?

January 15, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Low fossil fuel prices hurt the viability of low-carbon alternatives, and are regarded as a negative development in the fight against climate change. But for the emerging class of carbon dioxide removal climate solutions, falling fossil fuel prices could prove positive, offering new opportunities for development.[read more]

2014: A Positive Sign of What's to Come in Clean Energy

January 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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2014 and the Clean Energy Future

The New Year is a time for thoughtful reflection on the past, beginning with a look back on the previous twelve months and all that they brought to us. A quick scan of the United States climate and energy news in 2014 will tell you it was a very big year.[read more]

Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

January 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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China, the United State, and Clean Energy

With a new year comes new promises and opportunities, and that also goes for the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.[read more]

Cape Wind Loses Power Contracts, Becomes Victim of Class Warfare

January 9, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Nearly a decade and a half after it was first proposed, America's first commercial offshore wind project, Cape Wind, could be on its last legs. Recently, National Grid and NSTAR, companies that agreed to buy electricity from Cape Wind, said they were scrapping their power purchase agreements with the developer.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

So, how do we Make Sustainability ... Sustainable?

December 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Sustainable Sustainability

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This shift, where clean energy is beginning to compete head-to-head with traditional energy sources, calls for a change in perspective.[read more]

Getting Cleantech Through its Awkward Teen Years

November 18, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Cleantech and the Mainstream

Not so long ago, cleantech was mired in a troubled childhood. Efficiency bored people into a coma, solar was expensive. Some companies accepted government support, some failed, providing fodder for political attack. Cleantech was a dirty word. Just think Solyndra. Now the pendulum has swung back.[read more]

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA

October 24, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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US Offshore Wind

Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment that so many of us have long been waiting for may have actually, finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off now. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and it is approaching fast.[read more]

Embedded CDR Options: How Might They Change Our Thinking About Clean Energy Today

October 10, 2014 by Noah Deich

Embedded CDR Options

The field of CDR suffers from the perception that, because CDR won’t be needed at large scale for several decades, we can focus our efforts on developing and deploying other approaches to preventing climate change (such as energy efficiency and renewable energy).[read more]

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

September 10, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883. This bill would significantly lower the cost of PACE, a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV.[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]

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Utility Clean Energy Deployment: Do Enough Customers and Stakeholders Care in Virginia?

August 5, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Utilities and Clean Energy

Former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff's has advice to clean energy advocates: “Consumers must hold electric utilities and their regulators accountable and insist upon accelerating the deployment of clean energy and managing the transition to distributed generation (including rooftop solar) and open electricity markets.”[read more]

EPA's Green Power Partnership Program: Achieving 100% Clean Energy One Partner at a Time

June 26, 2014 by John Steller

EPA Green Power Programs

Innovative partnerships are vital in acheiving a 100% clean energy world. Specifically, cross-sector partnerships can provide the sometimes missing capital, the creative ideas, or the leverage that is needed to overcome large obstacles and difficulties.[read more]

The Federal Government Announced the Biggest Clean Energy Boost Since the Stimulus

June 5, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

The EPA announced plans to slash carbon emissions from 1,000 fossil-fueled power plants by 30 percent. The proposed rule creates a flexible framework that allows states to cut emissions through utility efficiency, renewable energy, on-site pollution controls and regional cap-and-trade.[read more]