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LEDs: A First in Super Bowl History

January 31, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia
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There’s more to the Super Bowl than face paint, air horns, and a mountain of bean dip. (Oh, and beer. We cannot forget the beer.) While the country tunes in to watch the big game Sunday night, the focus will be on the field, but when the cameras pan out, try to catch a glimpse of the lights.[read more]

New Study Shows Alternative Fuel Supplies Could Triple on the West Coast

January 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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In my line of work to protect public health and the environment from car and truck pollution, one of the largest barriers continues to be, frankly, the lack of clean, alternative fuel choices. For every fifteen gasoline stations you drive by, on average only one will offer an alternative fuel option.[read more]

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

January 31, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

United States and China Agreements

On January 20th President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address, in which he focused much attention on climate change. It is vitally important for the president to make the case forcefully to the American public, and thus signal to the rest of the world the need for strong climate action.[read more]

Ayla and Regen Build the Internet of Things for Energy-Aware Buildings

January 31, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Here’s a noteworthy revenue figure to attach to the ill-defined and still-imaginary "internet of things" -- $99 in energy savings. That’s the average amount that Steve Dixon of Regen, says the Toronto-based startup’s tech can squeeze out of every rooftop air conditioner it equips with its “swarm logic” control system.[read more]

Why Build Green? [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 31, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Green Building Benefits

Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. 35-40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings.[read more]

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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]

A 50-Percent-By-2025 Renewable Energy Standard Can Help Governor Cuomo Realize His "Opportunity Agenda"

January 30, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

New York State Energy Goals

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday didn't address clean energy, but there are some great clean energy proposals in the policy book that accompanied the speech, called the "2015 Opportunity Agenda."[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Residential and Commercial Building Solar

January 30, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Building Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV modules produce direct current, which is converted to grid-compatible alternating current through an inverter. The flat-plate PV modules are commonly mounted on the roofs of residential and commercial buildings.[read more]

Talking About Climate Change

January 30, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change and Public Discourse

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theater, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks. For example, the World Economic Forum in Davos, with climate change high on the agenda, hoping to build momentum for an agreement in Paris.[read more]

New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

January 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Earth Sustainability Limits

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet”.[read more]

Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

January 29, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Nick Hodge is founder and president of the Outsider Club, and investment director of Early Advantage. He is the author of Energy Investing for Dummies, appears regularly at investment conferences, including the Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference.[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]

Another Step Forward for Demand Response: The Case of FERC Order 745

January 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC and the Supreme Court

FERC Order 745 is a vital federal rule on demand response, which relies on people and technology, not power plants, to manage stress on the electric grid during periods of peak energy demand. But this critical energy management tool has also been subject to an amazing amount of scrutiny.[read more]

The Lowest Cost Renewable Energy Comes With a 2000 Percent Environmental Dividend

January 29, 2015 by Jim Baird
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NASA and NOAA have proclaimed that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. It was the year also in which scientists identified heat movement into the ocean depths as the reason an atmospheric warming hiatus has existed for the previous 15 years.[read more]

Exelon-Pepco Merger Could Hinder DC's Renewable and Efficiency Goals, Study Suggests

January 28, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Mergers and Efficiency Goals

 

Will Exelon allow its regulated utilities to rise to the distributed energy future? If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings for more than $6 billion, it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of Washington, D.C., a new analysis argues.[read more]