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How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

May 29, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Dark Matter and Nanotech and the Future

It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic despite the complexity of these dilemmas.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Renewable Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

May 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables Consumption Share

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total United States domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply.[read more]

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players Around the World this Year

May 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's challenging dirty energy around the world.[read more]

Faulty Logic Drives Fallin's Decision On Wind Incentives

May 29, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Wind Power Tax Exemption/Shutterstock

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill last week that will eliminate a state-wide property tax exemption for wind power developers beginning in 2017. The move will save the state on the order of $30 million annually.[read more]

Will Silicon Valley Take On Clean Energy Access?

May 29, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access

With interest from Elon Musk to a16z's Steven Sinofsky, momentum in Silicon Valley may be heading in an unlikely direction -- towards addressing energy poverty. Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, is the greatest challenge of our time.[read more]

Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

May 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA and Clean Water

One in three Americans - a total of 117 million of us -- relies on public drinking water systems that draw supply from headwater, seasonal, or rain-dependent streams.[read more]

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

It's Time to Put Nuclear on the Offensive, and Make it the Low Carbon Choice

May 28, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Decarbonization

The expansion ofnuclear power is essential in achieving a future of increased energy security, diversity of fuel supply and lower emissions; and is already expected to have the largest impact on meeting climate goals of any other single technology.[read more]

President Obama Says Global Warming Harms U.S. National Security

May 28, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Barack Obama addressed the graduating class at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 20, 2015. A major theme in his remarks was that the worldwide effects of global warming negatively impact the security of the United States in its military preparedness and military operations.[read more]

Senate Bill Would Create America's First National Energy Storage Target

May 28, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Storage and Utilities

Under the bill, called the Energy Storage and Deployment Act of 2015, large retail electric utilities would need to meet at least 1 percent of their peak demand from storage by 2021. By the end of 2024, they'd need to meet at least 2 percent of peak load with storage[read more]

Under Clean Power Plan, Natural Gas, then Renewables, Gain Generation Share

May 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Clean Power Plan

The Energy Information Administration's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.[read more]

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

May 28, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Gazprom Risk

A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report: The Fossil Fuel Energy Sector” shows that energy companies emitted 31 per cent of total GHG emissions globally from their operations as well as the use of the products further down the value chain on an annual basis.[read more]

What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

May 27, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Solar in California

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations. In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader? Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other states that can compete on that dimension.[read more]

The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]