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The Sustainable City

February 9, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Cities and Sustainability

 

A great paradox of the transition to a sustainable economy is that it will not be achieved in rural places in harmony with nature, but in cities built to exploit nature without destroying it. The problem with the idea of getting "back" to nature is that there are too many people and there is not enough nature.[read more]

Study: China's New Policies will Lower CO2 Emissions Faster, Without Preventing Economic Growth

February 9, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

China Environmental Policy

A new study that was co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.[read more]

California has Nearly Half of the Nation's Solar Electricity Generating Capacity

February 9, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

California and National Solar Capacity

The United States has slightly more than 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, which includes utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal installations, as well as distributed generation solar PV systems, also known as rooftop solar.[read more]

Sharing Clean Energy With Our Neighbors Is Saving Us Millions

February 9, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Sharing Clean Energy

One challenge for the grid operator these days is upgrading the electric system so that we don't have to throw away as much clean energy. Sometimes we have to shut down production of clean renewable energy just because our electric grid needs enhancements in order to absorb all the clean energy we are producing.[read more]

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How Trucking is Becoming a Greener Industry in 2016

February 9, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Greening Trucking

 

Trucking isn't exactly known as a very green industry. Every day, huge tractor trailers put thousands of miles on the road and consume huge amounts of fuel and oil. They also dump tons of carbon dioxide and other dangerous emissions into the air.[read more]

An Ill-Conceived Tax Idea

February 8, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil Industry Tax and Climate Security

Recently we learned that President Obama's final budget proposal includes a plan to raise money for transportation projects and other uses by imposing a per-barrel tax on US oil companies. Here are a few quick thoughts on this ill-conceived idea.[read more]

Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources Expected to Grow 9% This Year

February 8, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables and Electricity Generation

Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in hydroelectric generation after a relatively dry 2015.[read more]

India Takes Another Step Toward Deals With U.S. Nuclear Vendors

February 8, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear India and American Partners

In a step towards opening its market to the nuclear reactors vendors of western nations, India recently finally signed off on to an international agreement on liability for damages in the event of a nuclear accident. The action has been pending since 2007.[read more]

3 Ways the Texas Grid is Getting Smarter Thanks to the DoE's SunShot Initiative

February 7, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Smart Grid Development

Recently, GridWise Alliance released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI), a ranking of every state’s progress toward the improvement and modernization of our nation's electric system – and Texas impressively placed third.[read more]

San Diego Gas & Electric to Use Electric Cars to Integrate Renewable Energy

February 7, 2016 by Max Baumhefner
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Urban Renewables Integration

 

California just took another key step in expanding the market for electric vehicles (EVs); 3,500 charging stations will be installed in the San Diego area under a "Vehicle Grid Integration" program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

Strong Fuel Economy Standards Needed Even When Oil Prices Are Low

February 6, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Fuel Economy Standards and Oil Prices

Now that pump prices have dropped so low, automakers are once again rushing to sell the public on gas-thirsty Sport Utility Vehicles and heavy pickups and calling for a weakening of the coming historic 54.5 miles-per-gallon fuel economy standard.[read more]

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3 Ways To Get Closer to the Smart Home with Modern Techniques

February 6, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Green Home Ideas

Quality of life is a difficult category to quantify. It has to do with health and well-being. It also has to do with how you benefit or detract from the world around you. This is not about adding the perfect lamp to a space. For these improvements, you have to think bigger, longer term, and in more holistic terms.[read more]

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

February 5, 2016 by Dennis Wamsted
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Green Corporate Efforts and Utility Response

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own.[read more]

The Future of RPS Policies

February 5, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Future RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies.[read more]

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

February 5, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids.[read more]