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Solar in Texas: It's Really Happening this Time (Really)

By Marita MirzatunyEvery year, it seems, is predicted to be the “year for solar,” and for certain states this may ring true.But in Texas, despite having a close relationship with the sun and its heat (2011 gave us 100 days over 100 degrees and no...

Posted September 27, 2014    

Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

By Mark BrownsteinSource: Tim Evanson FlickrToday sixteen leaders of the nation’s largest environmental and conservation groups, including EDF’s president Fred Krupp, came together to call for urgent federal action to curb methane emissions from oil...

Posted September 24, 2014    

'Time-of-Use' Electricity Pricing

By Jorge MadridMap of polluting power plants in Los Angeles County. Many are located in or near the region’s most vulnerable communities that are already over-burdened by air pollution.My mom is a pro at shopping for good deals. She taught me the...

Posted September 21, 2014    

Lasers, Circuit Boards, and a $30 Gizmo: Innovative Solutions to the Methane Problem

By Ben RatnerSource: MIssy Schmidt/FlickrThe technologies we see today didn’t all start out in the forms we’re used to. The phones we carry in our pockets used to weigh pounds, not ounces. Engineers developed hundreds of designs for wind turbines...

Posted September 20, 2014    

Resiliency+: Smart Grid Technologies and the Benefits of Two-Way Communication

By Michael PanfilIt’s September, fall is around the corner, and with it, the second anniversary of devastating Hurricane Sandy. A smarter, more efficient electric grid should be on the minds of all New Jerseyans. Unfortunately, it’s not.Wired...

Posted September 19, 2014    

Illinois Considers Greenhouse Gas Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance

By Dick MunsonSource: pgegreenenergyA new utility business model – “Utility 2.0” or “reform” – is the hot topic in statehouses and regulatory commissions across the country. This is due to many factors: technological innovations in the energy sector...

Posted September 18, 2014    

Good News: EPA Standards Could Lower Electricity Bills

By Mandy WarnerSource: Brendan WoodMillions of Americans are watching their bills more closely as middle-class incomes continue to stagnate in the nation's uneven economic recovery.So it's frustrating to hear opponents of climate action once again...

Posted September 17, 2014    

What a Difference a Day Makes! The Value of Real-Time Electricity Data

By Gavin PurchasSource: gato-gato-gatoImagine you’re trying to lose weight. If you step on the scale once a month, how can you possibly know how each of your daily decisions affects the number? Weighing yourself every day would be a step up, giving...

Posted September 16, 2014    

Changing Light Bulbs Can Mean a Wealth of Energy Savings

By Karunakaren MH, student at the Thunderbird School of Global ManagementA few months ago, I traveled halfway across the world from the bright, hot tropical beaches of south-east Asia into a gloomy, chilly Chicago summer to begin my journey as an...

Posted September 13, 2014    

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

By Rachel NeilSource: Flickr/constellationenergyGovernor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883 (Nancy Skinner- Berkeley). This bill would significantly...

Posted September 10, 2014    

EDF's SolaROI Study: Understanding What PG&E's Electricity Rate Changes Mean for Solar PV

By Kristina Mohlin, Visiting Economist; Beia Spiller, Economist; and James Fine, Senior EconomistSource: Duncan RawlinsonAt EDF, our eyes are fixed firmly on improving local air quality and reducing global warming caused by fossil-fuel based...

Posted September 9, 2014    

Clean Power Plan to Reward Texas, not Wyoming Coal-Backers

By Jim MarstonSource: Aurora LightsChronicle readers would be forgiven if they opened their papers last weekend and thought it was 2005. That’s because the Koch brothers-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation published an editorial that echoed the...

Posted September 4, 2014