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New Report Confirms FirstEnergy's $4-Billion Boondoggle

By Dick MunsonFirstEnergy’s plea to keep four aging power plants alive will cost Ohio customers almost $4 billion, according to a new study out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The proposal is currently in...

Posted February 10, 2016    

BLM's Proposal To Reduce Methane: Why It Matters For America

By Jon GoldsteinThe west is rightly known for mountain views and desert vistas. Many of these landscapes are managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on behalf of all Americans. But something else is a major part...

Posted February 9, 2016    

What EPA Should Consider on Their Final "Fracking" Assessment

By Nichole SaundersQuestions about if and how hydraulic fracturing activities (or “fracking” to some) can contaminate drinking water have been top-of-mind for many since the practice started getting widespread public attention about a decade ago....

Posted February 8, 2016    

3 Ways the Texas Grid is Getting Smarter Thanks to the DoE's SunShot Initiative

By Sarah RyanRecently, GridWise Alliance released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI), a ranking of every state’s progress toward modernization of our nation's electric system – and Texas impressively placed third. The Alliance, a leading...

Posted February 7, 2016    

BLM Tackles Waste, Methane Pollution on Federal and Tribal Lands

By Dan GrossmanIn an important step forward in curbing methane emissions from the nation’s oil and gas sector, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced a regulatory proposal aimed at wasteful practices that shortchange taxpayers,...

Posted February 6, 2016    

Preventing Future Aliso Canyon-Sized Gas Leaks: the Importance of Well Integrity

By Scott AndersonSouthern California is now in month three of one of the country’s worst environmental disasters. In October 2015, a natural gas storage well operated by SoCal Gas sprung a massive leak hundreds of feet underground, releasing nearly...

Posted February 5, 2016    

Fatal Flaws In EPA's Latest Voluntary Methane Program Highlight Need For Concrete Rules

By Mark BrownsteinThe Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program unveiled last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a perfect example of what can go wrong when the agency tries too hard to entice an unwilling industry to engage.For...

Posted February 4, 2016    

Saving Texas’ Water through Smart Energy Choices in 2016

By Kate Zerrenner2015 proved to be another weird weather year around the country, especially for Texas. 80 degrees and dry in Austin on Christmas Day, spring wildflowers in bloom, and kids playing outside in shorts – a surprise ending to a wild ride...

Posted January 21, 2016    

The California Gas Disaster: What Comes Next and Where Else Could it Happen?

By Mark BrownsteinThe ongoing leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility owned by Southern California Gas has driven more than 2,000 families from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles and prompted Gov. Brown to declare a state of...

Posted January 15, 2016    

10 Clean Energy Trends that Prove 2015 was a Transformative Year

By Jim MarstonBack in September when the New York Times declared 2015 “the year humans got serious about climate change,” we knew they were on to something. But as we near the end of 2015, it’s hard to believe we’ve accomplished as much as we have...

Posted January 4, 2016    

In California, Electric Vehicles are the New DeLorean in 'Back to the Future'

By Larissa KoehlerAs any child of the ’80s knows, October 21, 2015 is “Back to the Future Day” – the day that the film’s protagonist, Marty McFly, travels to the future in his DeLorean. Though it would no doubt be useful to have access to flying...

Posted December 30, 2015    

A Sunny Future for Utility-Scale Solar

By John FinniganUtility-scale solar and distributed solar both have an important role to play in reducing greenhouse emissions, and both have made great strides in the past year.Utility-scale solar, the focus of this article, is reaching “grid...

Posted December 29, 2015