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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]

Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

A Proverbial "Carbon Sink" to Help Explain Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

September 23, 2014 by Noah Deich
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The Carbon Sink

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) can seem like a complex and confusing topic when explained in the academic language common among many of the field's proponents. But the reasons why CDR is important in the fight against climate change are actually fairly simple.[read more]

Remember Back When Everybody Hated Electricity Deregulation?

September 23, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Electricity Deregulation

Important technological and efficiency advances are happening, and competition is providing some of the impetus for that. But much of the economics and politics of this industry have been and still are dominated by the not-very-noble desire to stick someone else with existing infrastructure costs.[read more]

Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

September 23, 2014 by Armond Cohen

Decarbonization and Immediate Necessity

Climate Week is a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of CCS and nuclear alongside such options as wind and solar.[read more]

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit at the UN

September 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leadership at the Climate Summit

Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit today at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different, due to the variety of leadership and importance of their mission.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jacob Sandry

Mexico and Solar

In Mexico a growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year. Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables.[read more]

Climate Summit: Double Talk or Straight Talk

September 23, 2014 by David Hone

The Climate Summit and New Information

With the UN Climate Summit today, there has been a push to have new thinking and material ready for the event. One high profile release on September 16th was the report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, or Better Growth, Better Climate, The New Climate Economy Report.[read more]

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The UN Climate Summit, the Paris Agreement, and 2° C

September 22, 2014 by Robert Stowe

Heads of state and senior ministers will meet in New York on September 23 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit. Mr. Ban will encourage them to consider “nationally-determined contributions” more ambitious than they might otherwise have done.[read more]

Federal Energy News: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

September 22, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on energy tax reform, the EPA extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a ruling on a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demand response regulation.[read more]

Mayor de Blasio's Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard New York

September 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a dramatic pledge for progress here at home.[read more]

How the Climate Summit Can Build Momentum for a Global Agreement

September 22, 2014 by Elliot Diringer

The last time so many world leaders gathered on the issue of climate change was in Copenhagen. The hard lesson of that fractious summit: No one moment, and no one agreement, can deliver “the” answer. We need to advance step by step, on multiple fronts, from the local to the global. And it will take time.[read more]

The Two Energy Revolutions Are Progressing in Tandem

September 22, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Last year I wrote about the two major energy revolutions happening globally, the shale revolution--mainly in the US--and the renewable energy revolution, focused more on technologies than geography but with big concentrations in Europe and increasingly Asia and the Americas.[read more]

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Climate Change: Is Failure Now Inevitable?

September 22, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Climate Change and Inevitability

If Copenhagen was the last chance to save the climate, as we were then told, then the climate has clearly not been saved. The burning of fossil fuels goes on, largely unabated. Yet, efforts to save the climate also continue unabated. Have we not failed already? Failure, of course, is one of degree.[read more]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]