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Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

By Beia Spiller, Economist, and Kristina Mohlin, EconomistSmart meters, which provide detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for...

Posted December 20, 2014    

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

By Michael PanfilRecently, the Solicitor General signaled its intention to file cert. before the Supreme Court in the demand response Order 745 case, EPSA v. FERC. Hidden within this legalese is an important update about a significant (and already...

Posted December 18, 2014    

No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

By Scott AndersonWe all want easy answers. And often times the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be.Increased natural gas use, for example, can help decrease U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared...

Posted December 17, 2014    

Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

By Dick MunsonWhile the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois...

Posted December 14, 2014    

Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

By Gavin Purchas, Acting Director, Idea Bank, and Elizabeth B. Stein, AttorneyWhen the New York Public Service Commission (Commission) opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding earlier this year, it recognized that the...

Posted December 13, 2014    

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

By Dan GrossmanLast weekend the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the...

Posted December 12, 2014    

Federal Proposal to Update Natural Gas Transportation Market Would Benefit Environment

By N. Jonathan PeressHow much does the design of America’s energy market affect the environment? More than one might expect.Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency responsible for regulating the wholesale natural gas...

Posted December 11, 2014    

Demand Soars for Green Bonds

By: Namrita Kapur, Managing Director of the Corporate Partnership Program  As noted in my last post on green bonds, there has been a recent dramatic growth in green bond issuance. Supply is responding to burgeoning demand....

Posted December 10, 2014    

Energy Management Can Empower Everyone Regardless of Income Level

By Marita MirzatunySource: VerizonThe holidays are upon us. As we prepare to gather with our friends and family, eat too much, and lounge around watching football, many people use this time to reflect on what they are grateful for. Being able to pay...

Posted December 7, 2014    

2014 Year in Review: 3 Breakthroughs that Tip the Scales for Climate Action

By Fred KruppAs the year draws to a close, I’m grateful for three climate breakthroughs from 2014 that give me hope that we can still turn the corner toward a stable climate before it's too late.And I’m thankful to my colleagues at Environmental...

Posted December 6, 2014    

So, how do we Make Sustainability ... Sustainable?

By Michael PanfilLast week the New York Times reported that, for the first time in history, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This paradigm shift, where clean energy is...

Posted December 2, 2014    

What We Can't See Can Hurt Us: New Study Provides Insights to Find, Fix Oil and Gas Pollution

By Jon GoldsteinHow do you detect a colorless, odorless gas? It’s an important question especially when that invisible gas is as damaging as what comprises oil and gas pollution. We are talking about hazardous air pollutants (benzene), ozone...

Posted November 29, 2014