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In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More

November 25, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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The Clean Power Plan and Advanced Energy

 

Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.[read more]

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

EPA Proposes to Limit Cancer-Causing Toxic Air Pollution From Petroleum Refineries

May 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards to limit toxic air pollution from petroleum refineries. The EPA’s proposal is good news for millions of Americans, since about 90 million Americans live within 30 miles of a refinery, and many live near more than one.[read more]

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

April 24, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewable Wood Fuels Impact

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?[read more]

Closing Clean Water Act Loophole Will Restore Drinking Water and Flood Protections for Millions

March 27, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Water Act Loophole

Like millions of Americans, I love the water. I love to swim, boat and fish, as do many of my family and friends. We all recall swimming in dirty water; it wasn’t all that uncommon a few decades ago. I even recall being told I would need a hepatitis shot if I fell into the nearby river.[read more]

Making Oil-by-Rail Safer

March 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The growth of North American oil production from unconventional sources has resulted in a dramatic expansion in the volume of crude oil shipped by rail. Unfortunately, as crude oil rail traffic has increased, so have rail accidents involving crude oil.[read more]

Clean Energy Regulator Releases 2014 STC Target

March 19, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) are the backbone of the Australian solar market and on Friday 14th of March, the Clean Energy Regulator announced this year’s target. At 18.6 Million STC’s the 2014 target represents 10.48% of electricity purchases.[read more]

Solving the Midwest Ethanol Problem

February 20, 2014 by Robert Rapier

If you live in the Midwest, you are in the midst of a thriving ethanol industry. But the problem with that is that the Midwest does not actually control its own destiny when it comes to ethanol. That destiny is still controlled by the federal government.[read more]

Europe's New Emissions Goals

January 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

European Emissions Goals

The European Commission has recently recommended a set of new goals for its climate and energy policies. The actual centerpiece of this proposed policy is a forty percent reduction target for all of the member nations from 1990 levels.[read more]

EPA Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants Published for Public Comment

January 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Power plants are the nation’s biggest source of the carbon pollution that is dangerously changing our climate. We have standards for bad pollutants like mercury and those that cause soot and smog, but there are still no federal limits on the carbon pollution that power plants belch out each year.[read more]

California's Grid Takes Two Big Steps To Add More Renewables And EVs

January 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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California Grid

California already leads the United States in most measures of the clean energy economy, but two new initiatives by the state’s grid operator could ensure the Golden State’s electricity system can handle far more renewables, electric vehicles, and power demand.[read more]

Looking Back at 2013, NYSERDA's Innovation in Efficiency Financing Stands Out

January 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In August, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency quietly sold a pool of efficiency loans to investors. Selling loans is unremarkable on its own, but this deal was genuinely innovative and offers important lessons to other states, cities, and utilities for 2014 and beyond.[read more]

Bloomberg Challenges Multifamily Buildings to Reduce Energy Waste: NYC Real Estate Industry Accepts

January 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Building Waste

Some good news out of the departing Bloomberg Administration in NYC – citywide climate change pollution is down 19% since 2005. This means that the city is already nearly two-thirds of the way toward reaching its PlaNYC goal.[read more]

Massachusetts Makes Smart Grid Mandatory

January 1, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states demanding that its investor-owned utilities invest in the smart grid -- and find new models for how those investments should be valued. Consider it the latest move in a state-by-state reconfiguration of utility business models.[read more]

EU Energy Market: Regulators 'Can't Promise Lower Prices' [VIDEO]

November 22, 2013 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Market Regulation

Alberto Pototschnig, the director of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators discusses the EU energy market, major infrastructure projects and the impact they can have on energy prices for consumers.[read more]