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How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

May 29, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Dark Matter and Nanotech and the Future

It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic despite the complexity of these dilemmas.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Renewable Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

May 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables Consumption Share

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total United States domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply.[read more]

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players Around the World this Year

May 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's challenging dirty energy around the world.[read more]

Faulty Logic Drives Fallin's Decision On Wind Incentives

May 29, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Wind Power Tax Exemption/Shutterstock

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill last week that will eliminate a state-wide property tax exemption for wind power developers beginning in 2017. The move will save the state on the order of $30 million annually.[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

May 29, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Power Generation and Water Consumption

Energy is a water intensive business. Thermal power plants need massive amounts of water for cooling. In Texas, during the most intense period of the recent drought, demand for water by energy sources rose 9% while the state’s reservoirs were at less than 50% of their capacity.[read more]

Will Silicon Valley Take On Clean Energy Access?

May 29, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access

With interest from Elon Musk to a16z's Steven Sinofsky, momentum in Silicon Valley may be heading in an unlikely direction -- towards addressing energy poverty. Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, is the greatest challenge of our time.[read more]

Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

May 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA and Clean Water

One in three Americans - a total of 117 million of us -- relies on public drinking water systems that draw supply from headwater, seasonal, or rain-dependent streams.[read more]

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EIA Details Utility Sector Impact of Clean Power Plan

May 28, 2015 by Andy Stone

Clean Power Plan and Generation Mix

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a snapshot of the extent to which EPA’s plan will accelerate the decline of domestic coal fired generation, coal production, and provide a tail wind for natural gas and renewables.[read more]

A Look at Wind and Solar, Part 2: Is There An Upper Limit To Variable Renewables?

May 28, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Grid Limits to Renewable Energy Integration

As our journey through the world’s variable renewable energy leaders illustrates, while wind and solar have come a long way, they have only recently reached double-digit penetration at the grid-wide level in a couple of places.[read more]

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

It's Time to Put Nuclear on the Offensive, and Make it the Low Carbon Choice

May 28, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Decarbonization

The expansion ofnuclear power is essential in achieving a future of increased energy security, diversity of fuel supply and lower emissions; and is already expected to have the largest impact on meeting climate goals of any other single technology.[read more]

President Obama Says Global Warming Harms U.S. National Security

May 28, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Barack Obama addressed the graduating class at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 20, 2015. A major theme in his remarks was that the worldwide effects of global warming negatively impact the security of the United States in its military preparedness and military operations.[read more]

Senate Bill Would Create America's First National Energy Storage Target

May 28, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Storage and Utilities

Under the bill, called the Energy Storage and Deployment Act of 2015, large retail electric utilities would need to meet at least 1 percent of their peak demand from storage by 2021. By the end of 2024, they'd need to meet at least 2 percent of peak load with storage[read more]

Under Clean Power Plan, Natural Gas, then Renewables, Gain Generation Share

May 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Clean Power Plan

The Energy Information Administration's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.[read more]

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

May 28, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Gazprom Risk

A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report: The Fossil Fuel Energy Sector” shows that energy companies emitted 31 per cent of total GHG emissions globally from their operations as well as the use of the products further down the value chain on an annual basis.[read more]