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India's Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets Jumpstarting Job Growth

August 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Renewable Energy

India’s solar and wind programs have catalyzed rapid growth, providing much needed energy access while creating enormous employment opportunities for India’s workforce, as discussed during the launch of a new series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance in New Delhi today.[read more]

Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

August 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Big Oil

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate.[read more]

Nearly 100% of New Generating Capacity This Year is Advanced Energy

August 26, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy and Generating Capacity

Advanced energy is on the march. A new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that, of all the new electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. since January, more than 97 percent was advanced energy.[read more]

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Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia and Solar Energy

“People like to be part of something positive,” said Aaron Sutch, Program Director of VA SUN, an offshoot of Community Power Network in Washington, DC. “The social aspect of participating as a community in a technology that enables self-reliance while helping the environment is a real driver.”[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged, Volume 10

August 25, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Energy Expert Interview

In a new study released at the summer conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan Tierney and Vice Presidents Paul Hibbard and Andrea Okie concluded that states are already well positioned to implement EPA’s Clean Power Plan.[read more]

The Catch-22 of Energy Storage

August 25, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Energy Storage Issues

Several recent analyses of the inputs to our energy systems indicate that, against expectations, energy storage cannot solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar power. There is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.[read more]

Finally, Good News Out of Washington: IRS Clarifies Tax Credit; Court Upholds FERC Order

August 24, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Federal Energy News

The past couple weeks brought two federal regulatory victories for the advanced energy industry. On August 8, the IRS released new guidelines for projects to qualify for the renewable energy production tax credit. On August 15, a federal appeals court unanimously affirmed the FERC's Order 1000.[read more]

Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

August 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In finding all of the challenges to FERC Order 1000’s public policy-related provisions “without merit” in it's ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court embraced Order 1000’s role in integrating renewable energy like wind and solar power onto the electrical grid.[read more]

Quick Comparisons of Building Ordinance Policies

August 23, 2014 by Wego Wise

Building Ordinances

It makes us happy to see that city governments have recently been catching on to the importance of energy benchmarking, with new policies being implemented all over the country that require building owners to report their energy and water use.[read more]

The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

August 22, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Energy Support and Timing

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

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Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 20, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]

Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California's Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program

August 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Low-Income Energy Efficiency

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success"

August 20, 2014 by Rory Christian
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Utility Regulators' New 'Formula'

Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions.[read more]