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Energy Quote of the Day: "You're Handing a Bat to Your Opponents..."

August 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Climate Change and Political Ads

Tom Steyer the billionaire hedge fund manager turned enviro-political activist is spending big bucks to sway voters toward pro-climate-action democrats in the midterm elections this fall, but some are questioning the factual integrity of ads sponsored by Steyer’s super PAC NextGen.[read more]

Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

August 29, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modular Deslination

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh water.[read more]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming, and Wasting, Growing Amounts of Energy

August 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Data Centers and Energy Use

All of our online activity is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted.[read more]

Let's Keep Florida Breathable

August 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Environmental Action

Last week former environmental officials released a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” conservation plan. While conservation is a worthy goal, it will mean very little if state leaders don’t also develop a plan focused on addressing climate change.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 100 Percent of New Electrical Generation in July

August 28, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and New Generation

Data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects shows that 100 percent of new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service for July came from renewable energy sources.[read more]

Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

August 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel, Electricity, and the US

United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production.[read more]

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
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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
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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]