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Energy Experts Unplugged

August 1, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Answering Energy Questions

This is the most recent edition of the ongoing monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’ve been hearing about the energy industry from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers.[read more]

Costing Climate: It is All Relative

August 1, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Climate Change and Future Cost

"Based on a leading aggregate damage estimate in the climate economics literature, a delay that results in warming of 3° Celsius above preindustrial levels, instead of 2°, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output."[read more]

The Cost of Inaction: New CEA Report

August 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Council of Economic Advisors just released an important analysis on the costs of delaying climate action. It follows on the heels of many other reports sounding the same alarm: climate change is here, it is very costly, and doing nothing to reduce dangerous carbon pollution runs intolerably high risks.[read more]

New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank

July 31, 2014 by Lewis Milford

New Jersey recently created the first “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions.[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

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Which Countries Produce The Most Fossil Fuels?

July 30, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Countries and Fossil Fuels

Which country takes the most fossil fuels out of the ground? The answer to this question is relatively predictable: China. Today China is the world's biggest consumer of energy and the vast majority of that comes from burning coal mined in China itself.[read more]

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

July 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.[read more]

Reimagining Infrastructure

July 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.[read more]

Regulations Only a First Step in Cutting Emissions

July 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Steps to Cutting Emissions

Intensifying calls for action on climate change have led to a variety of proposed regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources of the economy, including, most recently, the environmental protection agency's rule on coal power plants.[read more]

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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

Plug and Play Solar: A Framework to Dramatically Decrease Solar Soft Costs

July 29, 2014 by Brian Vieweger

Plug and Play Solar and Soft Cost Reduction

At Intersolar North America this year, one of the unexpectedly interesting talks I attended was entitled Plug and Play Systems for Residential Rooftops. This probably sounds to most people like a gimmick. Plug and play solar panels have been around for a long time but have never been widely used.[read more]

Will Coal Exports Abroad Offset Hard-Won Carbon Reductions at Home?

July 29, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Coal Exports and Carbon Reduction

Many are hoping that the current U.S. commitment to reducing domestic emissions will provide the moral authority needed to negotiate international commitments next year in Paris. It is important to understand and account for the emissions implications of both our energy consumption and production.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: European Commission Introduces Ambitious 2030 Target [VIDEO]

July 29, 2014 by Kasper Peters

2030 Efficiency Targets

On July 23, the European Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Communication which introduced a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030. Energy efficiency is one of the key pillars of the European Union’s energy and climate strategy for 2030, on which European leaders aim to agree in October.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

SolarWorld Wins Again: Big Anti-Dumping Tariffs in US-China Solar Panel Trade Case

July 28, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Department of Commerce has again found for the petitioner, SolarWorld, in its Chinese solar module trade case. The preliminary decision imposes significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.[read more]