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Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]

Exploring U.S. Seniors' Perspective Toward the Smart Grid

January 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Seniors and the Smart Grid

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently completed a new consumer analysis, Consumer Pulse: Focus on Seniors, which takes a deeper dive into the data collected from SGCC’s national flagship research series, Consumer Pulse Wave 1-4, which was collected during 2011–2013.[read more]

The Growing Level of Environmental Awareness

December 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet's resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum over the course of the past decade.[read more]

Prevention is Easier and Less Painful Than Cure: Keep Vermont Yankee Operable

December 30, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Vermont Yankee and Future Planning

For many reasons, including lack of focused attention by some of the people who will be most affected, the Vermont Yankee saga is in the bottom of the ninth, the home team is behind by a run or two, there are two outs, and there is already one strike on the batter at the plate.[read more]

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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: The New Slogan for Action to Address Global Warming

December 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Global Warming Action

With the global climate talks in Lima, Peru almost done, climate observers are watching with baited breath to see how far countries get to hammering out a draft agreement that can be formalized next year in Paris. However, there are lots of steps being taken to address greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.[read more]

Newspapers Nationwide See Benefits of Continuing Investment in Wind Power

December 13, 2014 by Shauna Theel
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Wind Industry Growth

Newspapers across the country came out over the course of this fall in strong support of extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), which is the primary federal policy supporting development of new wind farm development.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On NIMBY, Free Lunches, and Pipelines

December 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Pipeline Routes and Planning

Kinder Morgan is submitting a revised route for a natural gas pipeline designed to bring additional supplies of natural gas into Massachusetts, where gas and power prices spiked last winter due to a combination of physical supply issues and market factors. The company changed the route due to public opposition.[read more]

Examining Nuclear Power as Climate Option, Part II

November 12, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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In this second half of my essay, I will move on to the other factors habitually cited as barriers to the use of nuclear power as a climate mitigation option: the actual risks of nuclear power and its concomitant waste, and the current public image of nuclear power.[read more]

Why Care About Global Warming?

November 11, 2014 by Henry Auer

It seems that new reports appear with increasing frequency emphasizing the worsening of global warming due to increased accumulation of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They show that extreme weather appears to be more severe and frequent than in the past, and will continue to worsen.[read more]

Why Having A Realistic View of Energy Efficiency Matters to Climate Change

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

In response to our New York Times op-ed about the limits of energy efficiency and the furious reaction to it from some quarters, Andy Revkin asks whether we can find room for agreement on the rebound effect. And to some degree we already have.[read more]

Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop

October 23, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Clean Power Plan Benefits

Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.[read more]

The People's Climate March: Why You Can't Please All the People, All the Time

October 22, 2014 by Katharine Hayhoe
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I was sitting in church last Sunday. Someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around: it was an older lady I didn’t know very well, but her face was familiar. “I’m reading your book,” she whispered, “and I just wanted you to know it’s changed my mind about all this climate stuff. You just make so much more sense."[read more]

People's Climate March: What’s the Impact?

October 11, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen

While the energy and enthusiasm at the People's Climate March was great, the reason for the march was that we want to see more ambitious policies. The march itself does not reduce emissions, but it may draw more attention to climate change and send a signal to decision-makers that action is required.[read more]

George Shultz: "Climate is Changing," and We Need More Action

October 5, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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George Schultz on Climate Change

You might not picture former US Secretary of State George Shultz as someone who drives an electric car, or has solar panels on the roof of his home. But he does — and Shultz has become a vocal proponent of action to combat climate change.[read more]