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How Much Water Does A Water Leak Waste?

April 25, 2015 by Wego Wise

Water Waste Prevention

Imagine Manhattan under 300 feet of water, not from a flood or rising sea level, but from the 2.1 trillion gallons of water lost from leaky pipes every year. That is nearly 6 billion gallons a day! The majority of leaks are a result of old infrastructure, pressure changes in the water mains, and small household leaks.[read more]

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

April 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt
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U.S. Climate Action

 

We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

April 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New England and the Pacific Northwest have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers find smarter ways to use electricity are now saving billions of dollars every year on utility bills.[read more]

Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

April 24, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Fossil Fuels

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered electricity generation is exaggerated. But look closely; the triumph of advanced energy seems even more of a sure thing.[read more]

Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator

April 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulators and the Clean Power Plan

There is no great disagreement that the United States energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring.[read more]

Throwing the Carbon Capture Baby Out with the Coal Bath Water

April 23, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Coal, Carbon Capture, and Changing Fuel Sources

The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace recently released a report lambasting carbon capture and storage as “a false climate solution.” The Greenpeace analysis, however, made a number of assumptions that, when analyzed with greater scrutiny, turn out to be deceptively misleading.[read more]

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Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller
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Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]

Building Codes That Work

April 23, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Green Buildings and Regulation

New building codes are a significant part of projected emissions reduction goals in the United States, all over Europe, in Japan, and elsewhere as well. The question of course is, whether building codes actually cause such decreases in energy consumption.[read more]

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

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Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta's Push for National Leadership in Building Efficiency Gains

April 22, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Keys to Green Buildings in Atlanta

Amid the wave of hype about who’s saving this and who’s cutting that on this, the 45th Earth Day, is a move by the city of Atlanta to benchmark the energy performance of municipal and commercial buildings as part of a “comprehensive energy policy."[read more]

It's Not Magic, It's Voltage Optimization

April 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Voltage Optimization

Imagine homeowners and businesses saving millions of dollars – and cutting pollution – without needing to do anything. Magic? No, but it does require electric utilities to take advantage of new technologies that better provide customers with just the right amount of voltage to their electrical outlets.[read more]

Increased Wind Energy Versus Increased Canadian Hydro Energy in New England

April 22, 2015 by Willem Post
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This article is to show a large quantity of hydro energy can be obtained from Canada at much less cost to the New England economy than building out wind energy. I assumed 40% of ISO-NE energy from wind, either all on shore, or half offshore and half onshore.[read more]

The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

April 21, 2015 by Tim Juliani

The problem with climate change denialism is that a scientific consensus does not necessarily reflect a “social consensus,” the latter being something that the majority of society would consider true. Te scientific consensus that cigarettes harm human health emerged decades before the social consensus emerged.[read more]