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Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, San FranciscoAfter the usual spate of stock-taking wrap-up blogs about 2014 it is time to look ahead at what may be in store for us on the renewable energy and climate change front in 2015....

Posted January 29, 2015    

Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco, Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy FellowAmidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting...

Posted January 28, 2015    

Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil and Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014

Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York CityThere's thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the...

Posted January 25, 2015    

Keystone XL's Substantial Importance

Anthony Swift, Attorney, International Program, Washington, DCAs the controversy around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to intensify, a narrative has appeared in stories by the New York Times and the Washington Post that...

Posted January 20, 2015    

Obama and Modi's Opportunity to Strengthen U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San FranciscoPresident Barack Obama heads to India to celebrate Republic Day on January 26th with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Climate change and clean energy are priority areas of discussion as the two leaders meet...

Posted January 19, 2015    

Single-Family Solar Energy Beats S&P 500 in 46 out of 50 American Cities

Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York CityIf I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in most American cities!"In fact, a...

Posted January 18, 2015    

Michigan's New Year’s Resolution: Lose 21 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Pollution

Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, ChicagoMichigan has a working mirror and should be a little self-conscious of the fact that its carbon pollution is heftier than most other states. Nearly two-thirds of states emit less carbon per unit of energy...

Posted January 15, 2015    

Counting Up Cities' Energy Savings and Climate Commitments

Brendan Guy, Global Policy Fellow, New York CityIf you're driving your car in suburban Copenhagen, the newly installed LED streetlights will brighten as you approach, then dim once you pass. If you're riding your bike, sensors embedded in those...

Posted January 14, 2015    

India's Green Bond: Bright Example of Innovative Clean Energy Financing

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco. Co-authored by Yale Environmental Protection Clinic Students Kate Heller, Jordan Emont & Latha SwamyAs a new year kicks off, India's renewable energy market is surging ahead. Prime Minister...

Posted January 12, 2015    

Cleaner Ships and Trains Coming Your Way

David Pettit, Director, Southern California Air Program, Santa Monica, CAOn January 1, 2015, two sets of regulations became effective to help reduce air pollution: one involving large oceangoing ships and another involving US locomotives.The...

Posted January 11, 2015    

California Leads the Way with Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030

Peter Miller, Senior Scientist, San FranciscoIn his historic fourth Inaugural Address, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed the ambitious goal of procuring 50% of the state's electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2030. This cements the...

Posted January 10, 2015    

Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals and Looking Forward

Megan Majd, John Gardner Fellow, New York CityOn September 11, 2014, I stepped into the United Nations for the first time. Attending the High-Level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, I had the opportunity to see the President of...

Posted January 6, 2015