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America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

November 26, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This is the 50th anniversary of New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World's Fair which took place the same year the bridge opened.[read more]

Why the Phrase 'Energy Leapfrogging' Is Misleading

November 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Leapfrogging?

A recent Business Week column on India described, “leapfrogging the nation’s ailing power-distribution infrastructure with solar-powered local networks — the same way mobile-phones have enabled people in poor, remote places to bypass landlines.” But there a difference between cell phones and solar panels.[read more]

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

November 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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Benefits of the Green Climate Fund

The U.S. and other countries have pledged resources to help the Green Climate Fund spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3 billion is a serious commitment to helping achieve a climate agreement next year.[read more]

Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses

November 26, 2014 by Willem Post
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Energy efficiency for buildings wasn't an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Distributed Solar PV

November 25, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar PV Internal Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of distributed solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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]

It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012

November 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Install Pricing Drop

Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped $28 billion. When scientists say we need a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news. It's certainly not good by climate action standards. But it's not as bad as it sounds either.[read more]

From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada's Ocean Temperatures Approach 4 Degrees Celsius Above Normal

November 25, 2014 by Jim Baird

Canadian Ocean Temps

In view of the unprecedented warming occurring off of the coasts of Canada, more Canadian decision makers as well as interested parties might start considering solutions to the situation, which is likely to soon become a very difficult predicament.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]

Torrefaction via Radio Waves

November 25, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Radio Waves and Energy

I have found over the years that the vast majority of biomass to energy projects aren’t economically viable for one reason or another. I have looked at companies that utilize many different conversion technologies, and most of the time my job consisted of searching for fatal flaws of different approaches.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

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Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

November 24, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Coal Ash Waste Disposal Risk

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife.[read more]

Keystone XL Loses Another Round

November 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The image that will stick with me from the recent failed attempt by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to avoid a filibuster on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is that of her Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) standing next to a blown-up photo of choking smog, presumably in China.[read more]

Strong New Methane Standards Would Stop Waste, Save Money, and Also Protect the Climate

November 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Standards and Savings

If you send a bucket to the well, you make sure it doesn’t have a hole in it first. You’re careful that the new milk carton isn’t seeping all over your refrigerator shelf. And you know that a dripping water pipe can mean big problems if you don’t get after it quickly. Leaks are messy, wasteful, and often costly.[read more]

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

November 24, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Green Climate Fund Reaching Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011.[read more]