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10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

January 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Trends in 2015

Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke
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India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]

Prescribing a Cure for the Health of Both the Planet and its Inhabitants

January 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Earth and Population Health

The economic model required to restore the planet to health is the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than planet's pathology however the purveyors of the fuels that have brought us to a critical climate juncture insist that the price of their wares is the all-encompassing issue.[read more]

Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals and Looking Forward

January 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Sustainable Development Goals

On September 11, 2014, I stepped into the United Nations for the first time. Attending the High-Level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, I had the opportunity to see the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, and the heads of nearly every department.[read more]

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Green Christmas, Malaysian Floods Pointed to Gaps in Climate Action

December 30, 2014 by Mitchell Beer

Green Christmas in Ottawa

Depending on what your perspective may be, 2014 was either the year of the great climate change breakthrough, or the year of the big climate change miss. Either way, we have our work cut out for us in 2015 to make the clean energy transition a reality.[read more]

Power Sector Employment Declines, Except for Renewable Electricity Generators

December 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Changes in Energy Sector Employment

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.[read more]

National Program Aims to Expand Minority Participation in Energy Sector

December 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Industry and Minority Employment

 

It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented in the energy field. In the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce, yet only account for nine percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce.[read more]

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

Educating the First Generation of Sustainability Managers

December 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Today, as our growing economy stresses the ecosystems that make human life and wealth possible, CEOs must manage the physical dimensions of sustainability. What used to be a small, negligible part of management has become a core function of management.[read more]

Utilizing GIS for Renewable Energy Projects

November 15, 2014 by Dan Liggett

GIS and Renewables

Your renewable energy infrastructure projects are far too expensive to make random decisions on siting. For many reasons – not the least of which are cost, efficiency and productivity – siting should be as exact as the science behind renewable energy itself.[read more]

US Trade Policy in Action: SolarWorld Now Growing Jobs and Solar Module Capacity

November 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SolarWorld just announced an expansion of its solar module factory capacity during a bit of celebration in Oregon recently. And in June, SolarWorld Americas won its trade case when the Department of Commerce found in favor of the company's claim against Chinese solar module makers.[read more]

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

October 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Wind Energy in Iowa

Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth. Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams and O’Brien counties by the end of 2015, equaling 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity.[read more]

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

October 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held.[read more]