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EPSA: Great for Demand Response and Nothing for States to Fear

Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program, New York CityThis post is co-authored by Miles Farmer and Allison Clements.There were many cheers over last week's Supreme Court decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v....

Posted February 7, 2016    

Strong Fuel Economy Standards Needed Even When Oil Prices Are Low

Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director, San FranciscoNow that pump prices have dropped, automakers are once again rushing to sell gas-thirsty SUVs and pickups and calling for a weakening of the coming historic 54.5 miles-per-gallon fuel...

Posted February 6, 2016    

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

Khalil Shahyd, Project Manager, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the...

Posted February 5, 2016    

Latin America Green News: Mexico inaugurates biggest solar plant yet, Central America experiences record drought, Colombia is heating up

Maria Martinez, Program Assistant, Director of Programs & Latin America Project, Washington, D.C.Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America.To get the weekly Latin...

Posted January 28, 2016    

Another Year of "Regulatory Flexibility" in Response to California's Drought May Lead to Extinction

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San FranciscoMore than 40 years ago, a bipartisan Congress enacted - and President Nixon signed into law - the Endangered Species Act. The Act effectively declares that human beings have a moral...

Posted January 28, 2016    

Surprise (Or Not): Saving Energy Saves Energy

David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San FranciscoCo-authored by Sierra Martinez, NRDCStanford and Berkeley researchers recently found that energy-saving devices, like more efficient electrical appliances and better insulated homes and...

Posted January 14, 2016    

In State of State Address, Gov. Cuomo Can Build on Strong Clean Energy & Climate Policies

Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York2015 was a banner year for clean energy in New York and we look forward to even more action on climate and clean energy in 2016, starting with Governor Cuomo's annual State of the State...

Posted January 11, 2016    

Big Win for New Yorkers: State Legislature Doubles Size of Environmental Protection Fund

Richard Schrader, New York Legislative Director, New YorkThese days, if you're looking for a champion of environmental protection, just direct your eyes over to the New York State governor's office, in Albany. There, since he banned fracking a...

Posted January 7, 2016    

Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River

Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, ChicagoRecord floods have been occurring throughout Illinois and Missouri over the holidays. Floods are never something to be taken lightly, but flooding combined with winter conditions makes for a deadly...

Posted January 5, 2016    

DoE Sets First-Ever Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps

Lauren Urbanek, Senior Energy Policy Advocate, Washington, D.C.Happy New Year, indeed! The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued final energy efficiency standards for commercial and industrial clean-water pumps today, marking the start of a new era...

Posted January 4, 2016    

California Climate Year In Review: A Tale Of Tremendous Progress

Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San FranciscoPart of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2015 Energy DevelopmentsWere Charles Dickens to survey the 2015 California climate and energy landscape this holiday season, he might...

Posted January 1, 2016    

Cities End 2015 Showcasing Leadership on Energy Efficiency

Kimi Narita, Director of Strategic Engagement, City Energy Project, Santa Monica, CA2015 was an exciting year to work on local sustainability issues, particularly climate change and energy efficiency. During the Paris talks in early December, more...

Posted December 31, 2015