Sustainability

ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry

February 11, 2016 by Bill Squadron

Aviation Emissions Standards for Reduction Goals

Today the aviation industry is responsible for about two percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due to rapid industry growth.[read more]

The Torch of 2011 Revisited

February 11, 2016 by Charles Barton

Climate Change and Living Necessity

This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,"Can I survive climate change energy solutions?" I realized during that time that low cost, dispatchable electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life.[read more]

New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

February 11, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

New York State Emissions Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting comments on its proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations will establish New York's first limits on two types of pollution emitted from distributed, onsite generation sources like diesel-powered generators.[read more]

Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization

February 11, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

State Grid Grades

The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.[read more]

The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

February 10, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Mapping the Energy System

Electricity in the U.S. is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. These changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other.[read more]

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

February 10, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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State Carbon Reduction Planning

The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the NERC, the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers.[read more]

Demand Response Saves Electricity During Times of High Demand

February 10, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

High Demand Efficiency

Demand response in the electricity market involves the targeted reduction of electricity use during times of high demand. A recent Supreme Court ruling is expected to result in faster growth in demand response in the wholesale electricity markets that cover about 60% of U.S. power supply.[read more]

Students See Clean Energy in Action on IAP Wind Turbine Tour

February 10, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Wind Turbine Tour

On one of the coldest days in January, a group of MIT students and staff boarded a bus to the small peninsula town of Hull, Massachusetts, for an MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) wind turbine tour during the Institute’s Independent Activities Period (IAP).[read more]

New Report Confirms FirstEnergy's $4-Billion Boondoggle

February 10, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange
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FirstEnergy and Customer Costs

FirstEnergy’s plea to keep four aging power plants alive will cost Ohio customers almost $4 billion, according to a new study out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The proposal is currently in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).[read more]

News Updates from ANS, Third Way

February 10, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Industry News

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) introduced the Nuclear in the States Toolkit, Version 1.0 at a media event in Washington, D.C. The toolkit catalogs policies related to new and existing nuclear reactors for state policymakers to consider as they draft their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies.[read more]

News: Megawatts or Negawatts? That is the Question, and the Supreme Court Decided It

February 10, 2016 by Lexie Briggs

Demand Response Decision

Amid Snowzilla’s winter of discontent, the Supreme Court ruled on EPSA v. FERC, a case that had the power to define the future of the demand response market. In a big win for advanced energy, the court ruled that the FERC’s) Order 745 would stay in place.[read more]

The Sustainable City

February 9, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Cities and Sustainability

 

A great paradox of the transition to a sustainable economy is that it will not be achieved in rural places in harmony with nature, but in cities built to exploit nature without destroying it. The problem with the idea of getting "back" to nature is that there are too many people and there is not enough nature.[read more]

2015: A Turning Point for Energy?

February 9, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Was the Past Year an Energy Turning Point?

When I sifted through the major energy developments of 2015, I was surprised by the number of references I found to last year as a turning point, whether for the oil industry, the response to climate change, coal-fired electricity generation, or renewable energy.[read more]

The Case for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

February 9, 2016 by Alex Gilbert
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Natural Gas and Renewables

The twin technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unlocked massive amounts of natural gas and oil, at some of the cheapest extraction prices globally. But there is a clean energy revolution resulting from supportive federal/state policies and rapid technological development.[read more]

Study: China's New Policies will Lower CO2 Emissions Faster, Without Preventing Economic Growth

February 9, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

China Environmental Policy

A new study that was co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.[read more]