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Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil and Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014

January 25, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Job Growth

There's thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University's GW Solar Institute.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Modular Nuclear Energy

January 24, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Modular Nuclear Power

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are small-footprint nuclear power plants that have the ability to be sized between 10 MW and 300 MW. There are numerous SMR plant designs, though SMRs all rely on the same nuclear fission technology of larger plants.[read more]

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 1: Generating Economic Growth

January 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Economics and Growth

How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]

Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy

January 23, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and PACE

As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I'm reminded of policies from that holistically benefited Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. It’s important to remember that no matter the politics, clean energy solutions make sense for Texas – economically and environmentally.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Halfway Between $50 and $100"

January 23, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse Impacts

The steep and fast oil price decline is hitting companies hard, with projects cancelled and workers being laid off. As analysts scramble to evaluate which companies are most vulnerable in the lower oil price environment, some are trying to figure out when oil prices might recover some of their recent losses.[read more]

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

January 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twenty-first century managers must pay attention to the use and cost of natural resources, the cost of waste production and disposal, and the environmental impact of organizational outputs and waste.[read more]

2014 is the Hottest Year on Record: Some Thoughts

January 23, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records Analysis

As one month after another broke heat records in 2014, especially in the world’s oceans, the continuing and accelerating trend of heat energy in the global climate system seems increasingly apparent, as clear as any Wall Street trader looking for a trending market could hope for: Up. Or is it?[read more]

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

January 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says “seriously misinterpreted” federal law, with results that could be “tremendously damaging to the electricity system.”[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Regional Differences in China's Vehicle Adoption Reflect Differences in Income

January 23, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China Wealth and Car Growth

Oil demand and imports in China have increased significantly as private passenger vehicle sales and use have increased. Sales of private passenger vehicles have grown by 29% annually over the past 13 years, which has increased gasoline consumption in China.[read more]

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

January 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Trade Agreements and Green Provisions

A 21st century trade agreement must ensure that key environmental protections that our citizens depend upon aren't directly or indirectly undercut. And it should ensure that countries become leaders on key environmental challenges such as destruction of our oceans, wildlife, land, forests, and climate.[read more]

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year?

January 22, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Warming Records and Data Analysis

 

Measured temperatures have warmed nearly 2° Fahrenheit since the early 20th century. Whether last year or 2010 was warmer might seem like more of an academic point than a practical one. However, the refrain of "record temperature" reports creates a false impression that the warming is accelerating.[read more]

Keystone XL: Let's Make a Megadeal and Get Congress to Fulfill a Cleantech Wishlist

January 22, 2015 by Matt Stewart
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A proposal: let’s make a megadeal. Authorize Keystone XL. But in return, it’s time for clean energy advocates to play hardball — and get something meaningful in return for it. In fact, get a lot meaningful for it. This is the time to break out the cleantech-policy Christmas lists.[read more]