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Five States and the Gulf of Mexico Produce More than 80% of U.S. Crude Oil

April 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

States and Crude Oil Production

Five states and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013. Texas alone provided almost 35%, according to preliminary 2013 data released in EIA's March Petroleum Supply Monthly.[read more]

Which States Win And Which States Lose On The Production Tax Credit?

December 14, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

State Tax Credits

It may seem ironic, considering Republican-led opposition to the incentive, but Texas, Iowa, North Dakota, and Oklahoma earned hundreds of millions more in revenue from the Production Tax Credit in 2012 than they paid into it through taxes.[read more]

Another Voice Says Most States Are Not Preparing for Climate Change

November 23, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and State Adaptation

As a Columbia alum and someone who has written extensively about climate preparedness, I was pleasantly surprised when my alma mater’s Center for Climate Change Law recently released a report rating all 50 states’ planning for climate change impacts.[read more]

4 States Lead US in Freeing the Grid for Distributed Solar Energy

November 6, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

States and Distributed Solar

Pro-solar energy state-level energy policies are arguably as strong right now as they’ve ever been across America, just in time for consumers to take advantage of the development of affordable technologies to generate their own clean electricity.[read more]

GTM Research Exposes Hidden Solar Energy Growth Markets

October 31, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

Hidden Solar Energy Growth

Growth in U.S. solar has been remarkable. As we've reported, 8.9 gigawatts of solar has been installed through the first half of 2013 and the 10-gigawatt threshold was crossed recently. What's more, three-quarters of U.S. solar installations have happened in the last 2.5 years.[read more]

Energy Innovation in the States: From Energy Storage to Offshore Wind

October 28, 2013 by Lewis Milford

Some say that the US should focus on innovation to create new clean energy technologies, rather than relying entirely on existing technologies like solar PV and land-based wind. They are right. But such criticism overlooks the powerful clean energy innovation that is supported by states.[read more]

8 US States Target 3.3 Million Electric Vehicles On The Road By 2025

October 26, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Electric Vehicles and States

Forget President Obama’s goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, how about 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025? It may sound unlikely considering just 165,000 ZEVs are now on US roads, but the governors of eight states signed an agreement to do just that.[read more]

After Sandy, States Must Prepare for Climate Change

October 22, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Hurricane Sandy and Resiliency

Unfortunately, most states rely almost exclusively on historical data to estimate the frequency and severity of future natural disasters when planning for future natural disasters. But as our climate warms, we can no longer assume that our past experience is an accurate gauge for future disasters.[read more]

US Innovation: Top States For Solar Energy

August 9, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Solar Energy States

NerdWallet have compiled the top 5 states in the US for residential solar energy, according to four specific criteria. Top of the pile was California, thanks to a sunny location, the pioneering of solar energy leasing, and great cash-back incentives.[read more]

New Brookings Paper Praises State Clean Energy Funds Amidst Washington Paralysis

January 12, 2012 by Alex Trembath

State-level clean energy funds (CEFs) are a growing source of investment in nascent clean energy markets, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation. The paper, co-authored by Post-Partisan Power collaborator Mark Muro and the Clean Energy Group's Lew Milford, highlights the...[read more]

Koch Brothers Fund Assault on Climate Legislation, Seek To Destroy RGGI

June 27, 2011 by A Siegel

This guest post comes from the eloquent and thoughtful Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse. After DC failed to enact comprehensive climate change legislation, it was good to see states take the lead on regional cap-and-trade programs. We now have 3 regional initiatives to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) involving more than 30...[read more]

State Appliance Standards Save Money, Create Jobs, and Protect the Environment

May 31, 2011 by Rachel Gold

Since the 1980s, energy efficiency appliance standards have been saving consumers money and creating jobs throughout the U.S. These standards translate into savings when new, energy-efficient equipment is purchased, reducing utility bills for consumers and businesses. This in turn creates a net increase in jobs and wages due to the fact...[read more]

Renewable Energy Standards: Savvy or Silly?

May 19, 2011 by David Gold

State renewable energy standards have gained momentum over the past decade with 29 states having put in place various types of standard mandates and five more having implemented voluntary standards (34 total). Now the federal government is looking to get into the game with a bi-partisan bill (S. 3813) aiming to set a minimum national standard. Renewable energy standards certainly feel good, but do they really provide the best path for achieving their goals? The existing renewable energy standards are savvy in finding a way to reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions while simultaneously being politically palatable to a broad array of people. But they are a bit silly in their formulation.[read more]

Supreme Court Case on Carbon Emissions: Polluters' Game of 3 Card Monte Continues

April 21, 2011 by Peter Lehner

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. In the case, six states and several other plaintiffs claimed that the nation’s five largest greenhouse gas polluters were contributing to a nuisance and that the court should order them to reduce...[read more]

Barriers to High Speed Rail in the US

March 15, 2011 by Hugh Bartling

The New York Times had an interesting article over the weekend on the state of Florida’s recent rejection of federal money to build a high speed rail line between Orlando and Tampa. This comes on the heels of gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin and Ohio where anti-rail governors who were elected last year similarly rejected federal...[read more]