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FEMA Finalizes New Requirement for State Disaster Plans to Consider Climate Change Impacts

March 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced a change in its requirements for State Hazard Mitigation Plans. These plans, which states develop in order to prepare for future natural disasters, must now consider the projected effects of climate change on hazard risks.[read more]

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State Level Methane Taxes: Economic and Environmental Benefit

March 5, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge

While federal greenhouse gas taxes remain elusive, localized benefits make state-based methane taxes politically feasible. A methane tax would also be more comprehensive, efficient and effective than technology standards like that imposed by Colorado.[read more]

Clean Power Plan vs. Reliability: A False Dilemma for States

March 4, 2015 by Caitlin Marquis
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States and the Clean Power Plan

Ever since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan last June, critics have raised concerns that the proposed regulation might jeopardize the reliability of our electricity system. Reliability has become a key policy talking-point, and for good reason: Nobody wants to see the lights go off.[read more]

Nuance or Nuisance: the Challenge of State-Level Incentives in Renewable Energy Development

States and Renewables Policy

A market closes, a market opens – such are the sharp ups and downs currently inherent to renewables development. Incentives in the US are currently decided at the state level. This adds challenge to an already inherently complex business, and more should be done to create parallel structures across state lines.[read more]

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Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 3, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]

Republican States: Think Twice Before Rejecting the EPA's Clean Power Plan

February 6, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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EPA, Electricity Prices, and State Politics

Republican governors and legislators will be raising your electric rates soon, according to an economic study commissioned by the National Mining Association and various other industry groups. But only if they refuse to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Michigan's Energy Efficiency Program for Multifamily Affordable Housing

February 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Michigan and Energy Efficiency

In Michigan, one energy efficiency project is celebrating its first six months of progress. The pilot program, facilitated by Michigan Energy Options (MEO) is designed to help owners of affordable multifamily housing make significant energy efficiency upgrades.[read more]

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Short-Sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate'

December 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Fracking Ban and Reactions

The opposite and deeply conflicted ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking.' Reaction to the move has been swift.[read more]

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

December 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Governors and State Health

Recently the Western Governors’ Association joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the natural gas sold at market, methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant.[read more]

Going for Broke in Texas: Protecting the Environment without Slowing Economic Growth

December 3, 2014 by Lucas Davis
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Texas Environmental Policy and Energy Economics

The U.S. energy boom raises important questions about environmental risks. Setting aside climate concerns, the challenge for policymakers is how to encourage the continued development of these valuable resources while ensuring environmentally safe drilling and production.[read more]

5 States Leading the Distributed Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy by State

We’re going to need some sophisticated software to integrate distributed rooftop PV, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in EVs and smart-metered, energy-savvy homes, office buildings and factories into the grid. We’ll also need some sophisticated policy-making.[read more]

Let's Keep Florida Breathable

August 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Environmental Action

Last week former environmental officials released a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” conservation plan. While conservation is a worthy goal, it will mean very little if state leaders don’t also develop a plan focused on addressing climate change.[read more]

New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013, Thanks to Good Solar Policy

August 16, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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California Solar Policies

A new report ranks the top states in terms of solar energy, with California once again taking the top place for installed solar energy capacity. The report emphasizes the importance of favorable governmental and state policies in encouraging solar energy adoptions.[read more]