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Renewable Energy Provides More Than 40% of New Generating Capacity

November 1, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Renewables and New Generating Capacty

According to data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the FERC Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro account for 40.61% of all new electrical energy capacity put into service in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2014.[read more]

NRDC's Initial Take on EPA’s New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan’s Carbon Pollution Limits

October 31, 2014 by David Doniger

The EPA has continued its stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA’s interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right.[read more]

Halloween Energy Vampires Survival Guide 2014

October 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Preventing Home Energy Drain

There are energy vampires lurking in your home that are disguised as normal appliances and electronics. These bloodthirsty monsters have a voracious appetite for sucking energy out of your electrical outlets and money out of your wallet, even when they’re turned off or in sleep mode.[read more]

How Solar PV Can Power A Carbon-Free Energy Revolution, In Four Charts

October 31, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Solar PV and Carbon Reduction

Can we build enough carbon-free energy, and can we do it fast enough, to avert the catastrophic effects of climate change without having to power this energy transition with fossil fuels that would undermine the whole transition? The answer is “yes.”[read more]

Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]

LNG Transport Applications Abound; Offer Environmental Benefits

October 31, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Transport

Intermodal transport – where goods arrive at major seaports and are transferred to trucks and trains – presents numerous economic and carbon emissions mitigation opportunities across the value chain by switching from fuels such as diesel to liquid natural gas.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

October 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Benchmarks and Oil Prices

When analysts and media discuss crude oil prices, they typically refer to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.[read more]

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility

October 31, 2014 by Rod Adams
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NuScale Tour

On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR. Though the company now has offices in three cities, Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University, is the place where the NuScale Power Module has been conceived and refined.[read more]

New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

October 31, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization at U.S. utilities comes in the form of requests for quotation and solicitations like the one just issued by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.[read more]

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Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

October 30, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Advocacy and Utility Challenges

 

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the waters in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.[read more]

Solar Energy: Quantifying Emissions Reduction

October 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Measuring Emissions Reductions by Solar

Alameda, California-based Blymyer Engineers has been actively involved in PV solar installation for more than a decade. Engineers at Blymyer decided to crunch the numbers, adding up the total amount of solar energy produced and the amount of CO2 emissions reduced.[read more]

A World of Wireless Energy

October 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Innovation

If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor.[read more]

New York Green Bank's First Deals Underscore State's Commitment to Clean Energy Future

October 30, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Green Bank's First Deals

Clean energy finance is thriving in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced the New York Green Bank’s first set of deals, totaling an impressive $800 million in clean energy investmens. The projects funded by this investment will yield an impressive annual reduction of 575,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

Water Trading: Studies Call for Market-based Water Use System

October 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Water Use and Markets

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have recently hosted a forum on the ongoing water crisis in the United States. This resulted in the release of two interesting new discussion papers.[read more]