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Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

By Jeremy SymonsThe droughts in the west and the rains in the east this week are compelling reminders that the impacts of climate change are here and now. Just this week the Pentagon issued a report laying out how they will adapt to growing threats...

Posted October 22, 2014    

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable

By Peter SopherSince 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid – enough to offset upwards of 35 coal plants....

Posted October 21, 2014    

Investors Voice Market Support for Methane Regulation

By Tom Murray, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Program Last week, financial community leaders took a big step into the intersection of business and policy on the urgent need to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. A group...

Posted October 16, 2014    

North Carolina is Well-Positioned for the EPA's Clean Power Plan

By Greg AndeckA majority of Americans endorse setting limits on carbon emissions from the nation's power plants, which account for the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. The United States is on the verge of doing just that with...

Posted October 15, 2014    

The Social Cost of Stagnation: A Call for FERC Action

By James T. B. Tripp, EDF Senior CounselAmerica’s electricity industry – the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. – is at the heart of some of the world’s biggest environmental challenges, especially climate change. Given this...

Posted October 13, 2014    

Texas Comptroller's New Report Should Not Play Favorites

By Marita MirzatunyRecently, the Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs, decided to come out swinging against renewable energy, specifically wind, in a report entitled Texas Power Challenge: Getting the Most From Your Energy Dollars. It would be easier to...

Posted October 12, 2014    

Making the World a Better Place: One Megawatt at a Time

By Supraja Sudharsan, student at Georgia Institute of TechnologyWhat does it take for a manufacturing firm with 24/7 operations to incorporate sustainability goals into its daily activities? I learned the answer to the question this summer at...

Posted October 11, 2014    

Report Finds Opportunity for Natural Gas Job Growth, But it's Not Where You Think

By Sean WrightIn 1933, Milton Heath senior opened a small, family-run consulting firm to find leaks from natural gas pipelines by conducting vegetation surveys in New England Fields. More than 80 years later, the family business has grown...

Posted October 9, 2014    

While Critics Debate Energiewende, Germany is Gaining a Global Advantage

By Peter SopherSource: Frank M. RafikEconomics is the focus of many debates surrounding Germany’s aggressive “energy transition” (or Energiewende), which plans to move the country to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Critics say...

Posted October 8, 2014    

Companies Turn to Technology to Engage Consumers in Smart Energy Management

By Claire Dooley, student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & ManagementMost of us in America would argue that affordable and reliable energy access is a basic life necessity, possibly even a basic human right. However, JD Power...

Posted October 4, 2014    

Three Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency After the 'Low-Hanging Fruit' has Been Picked

By Lana Zaman, graduate student at UC BerkeleyCompanies today are increasingly investing in energy efficiency upgrades, both to conserve energy and to reduce operating costs. By lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fuel expenses, energy efficiency...

Posted October 3, 2014    

Is Global Clean Energy Investment at a Tipping Point?

By Qiao Feng, Clean Energy Research Intern, and Peter Sopher, Clean Energy Policy AnalystLast week, amidst the U.N. Climate Summit and historic climate march, governments, investors, and financial institutions took the opportunity to make big...

Posted October 2, 2014