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California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

September 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean the air, reduce plastic litter pollution, combat climate change, and reduce toxic chemicals in our environment.[read more]

Energy Reality Meets Climate Reality

September 19, 2014 by David Hone
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Climate and Energy Reality

 

In recent years and as part of the overall push to generate more renewable energy in Germany, considerable wind energy capacity has been installed in this region. While the current level of generation from wind is laudable, it is far from 100% renewable energy.[read more]

World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal

September 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Recently, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy. The report pulls no punches when it comes to coal, including a call for a global coal phaseout.[read more]

Sustainable Energy Means Business in the Port of Amsterdam

September 18, 2014 by Clare Taylor
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Port of Amsterdam Sustainability

The realities of climate change and resource depletion are an immediate concern for the Netherlands. The country is at high risk from floods resulting from global warming, and natural gas resources are expected to expire in approximately ten years.[read more]

Analytics for Solar and Energy Storage: Show Me the Money

September 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for? This strongly depends on the level of maturity of the industry in question.[read more]

Does Energy Have a Place in the Sharing Economy?

September 17, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy and the Sharing Economy

A shared electricity future is still that: the future. But it’s not necessarily so futuristic. A shared economy in energy is looking less like The Jetsons than something that’s just around the corner. I bet we’ll be ubering up kilowatt-hours before long – and before we get into a flying car.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage

September 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Storage and the Future

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Fikile Brushett is in the process of taking the power generated by wind and solar, chemically lashing it to molecules derived from flora and fauna, and storing it in liquids until it’s needed to electrify our homes.[read more]

Transmission Links to Enable Wind Energy

September 17, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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Wind Energy Transmission

The availability of long distance energy transmission systems can help to continuously smooth out variations in the availability of wind power, but it helps solar less. A good policy needs to enable long-distance links to allow continuing increases in wind generation.[read more]

The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

Vivint Solar IPO: Residential Solar is Growing Up

September 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Two weeks ago Vivint Solar registered for its initial public offering. Valued at $200 million, this looks to be the latest in a series of success stories in the residential solar market. The Vivint announcement follows the very successful run in SolarCity stock since its IPO in late 2012.[read more]

Did Solar Capacity Beat Natural Gas in the First Half of 2014?

September 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Capacity and Natural Gas

Last year, solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power were the second-largest source of new generating capacity in the U.S. That trend continued through the first half of 2014, with solar coming in behind natural gas in terms of new power plant additions. Or did it?[read more]

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EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies, Part 2: Industrial Proven Technology Solutions and Estimated Costs

September 15, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Regs and How to Comply

The new EPA carbon standard should reduce U.S. Power Sector total annual emissions by 30% during 2005-2030. Which technologies are most likely to be used to meet the new carbon standard by 2030 and what will be the costs for future Consumers?[read more]

Opower Enters Rare Partnership With FirstFuel to Expand Into Commercial Building Efficiency

September 14, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower doesn't often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell for a smart thermostat deployment, it hasn't needed to rely on others to expand.[read more]

Going Back to School, Moving Forward with Solar Energy

September 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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School Energy Costs and Savings

While this may have been a tough week for some of New York’s school kids, who, in the last few days, have headed back to class, the school districts that educate them, just got some great news: A new, New York State program called K-Solar (read that: “K through Solar”) has just launched.[read more]

Changing Light Bulbs Can Mean a Wealth of Energy Savings

September 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Lights and Energy Savings

Associated Materials (AMI) is a vertically integrated company in the exterior building products industry with 11 manufacturing locations and over 120 distribution centers catering to the North American market. It spends about $15 million annually on energy utilities.[read more]