Environmental Policy

Green Homes Yield Major Resale Premiums in Washington, D.C.

Green Home Resale

High-performing homes (HPHs) with green features—both single- and multi-family—in the District sell for nearly 3.5 percent more than those without green features, according to a recently released report by real estate appraiser and author Sandra K. Adomatis and the Institute for Market Transformation.[read more]

Advanced Electric Water Heaters Could Save Money and Cut Pollution

February 13, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Electricity Savings

The humble water heater used to heat water for bathing and washing dishes in America's homes also may be a promising new tool for cutting residential utility bills, promoting clean energy, and strengthening the reliability of the power grid.[read more]

Insights in Resilience: Climate Change and Human Health

February 12, 2016 by Emilie Mazzacurati

Public Health and Climate

The healthcare sector is often the first to witness the impacts of poor air quality, extreme weather, and other climate hazards on the health of the community. From heat waves to floods and exposure to rapidly spreading vector borne illnesses, the nexus of climate change and human health gets stronger every day.[read more]

Supreme Court Stays CPP While Senate Halts Energy Bill

February 12, 2016 by Matt Stanberry

The Supreme Court and the Clean Power Plan

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan until the pending litigation against the rule is resolved, including any appeal to the high court. This means the rule will be in legal limbo until the Supreme Court rules on the merits of the case.[read more]

Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh: "It's an Exciting Time to be in Nuclear Engineering."

February 12, 2016 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Future

During the Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase, there was a terrific conversation about a growing excitement among students studying nuclear engineering, among more established members of the nuclear community, and among other people who are passionate about helping to save the world.[read more]

Clean Power Progress Will Continue

February 11, 2016 by Bob Perciasepe
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Supreme Court's Clean Power Plan Stay

The Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan may slow, but certainly does not stop, progress toward a cleaner power system in the U.S. There’s no telling how the legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan, which were always expected, will ultimately play out. But there are a few important points to keep in mind.[read more]

ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry

February 11, 2016 by Bill Squadron

Aviation Emissions Standards for Reduction Goals

Today the aviation industry is responsible for about two percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due to rapid industry growth.[read more]

The Torch of 2011 Revisited

February 11, 2016 by Charles Barton

Climate Change and Living Necessity

This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,"Can I survive climate change energy solutions?" I realized during that time that low cost, dispatchable electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life.[read more]

New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

February 11, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

New York State Emissions Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting comments on its proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations will establish New York's first limits on two types of pollution emitted from distributed, onsite generation sources like diesel-powered generators.[read more]

Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization

February 11, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

State Grid Grades

The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.[read more]

More Drinking Water Contamination Linked to the Oil and Gas Industry in Texas and Pennsylvania

February 11, 2016 by Amy Mall

Oil and Gas Links to Water Pollution?

Two recent drinking water investigations in Texas show dangerous levels of contamination. And in Pennsylvania, a report looked at transparency and procedural problems at the Pennsylvania Department of the Environment by reviewing hundreds of files where water had been contaminated.[read more]

The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

February 10, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Mapping the Energy System

Electricity in the U.S. is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. These changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other.[read more]

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A Universal Grid

February 10, 2016 by Jim Baird

Grid Infrastructure Development

Right of ways are required to ensure providers can build, operate and maintain systems that bring energy from its points of production to its points of consumption. In view of the difficulty in obtaining them, the fewer we can get by with the better.[read more]

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 10, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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State Carbon Reduction Planning

The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the NERC, the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers.[read more]

New Report Confirms FirstEnergy's $4-Billion Boondoggle

February 10, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange
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FirstEnergy and Customer Costs

FirstEnergy’s plea to keep four aging power plants alive will cost Ohio customers almost $4 billion, according to a new study out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The proposal is currently in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).[read more]