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Storage Not Needed to Accommodate Higher Levels of Wind Energy

May 8, 2015 by Michael Goggin
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Wind Energy and Storage

Recently, energy storage has been in the news. Contrary to a common misconception, very high levels of wind energy can be reliably integrated without energy storage. Energy storage is typically more expensive than grid operating reforms, which can provide the same flexibility services that storage provides.[read more]

How Today's 'Low-Carbon' Investors are Financing Tomorrow's 'Negative-Carbon' Investments

May 7, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Mitigation and Investment

In 2014, investors allocated $310 billion in capital to clean energy projects according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, making up a significant portion of the $1.5 trillion in total global investment in energy supply as estimated by the International Energy Association.[read more]

$24 Trillion 'Asset' Value of World's Oceans May be a Gross Underestimation

May 5, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Ocean Valuation

The world’s oceans cover about 71% of earth and their value is incalculable for both the planet and mankind. They are a vital, complex and all-encompassing natural resource ranging from a vital food resource in many parts of the world, renewable energy resource, and potential water supply reservoir.[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

Renewable Electricity is in Bloom in California

May 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Renewables in CA

While California never quite got a winter, we can still acknowledge that spring is here. From where I sit in Sacramento, spring means getting out and enjoying the blue skies, a last bit of cool air before a brutal summer, and oh yes, the legislature heating up on important questions of California’s energy future.[read more]

A Call to Foundations to Step Up Giving, Act on Climate

April 30, 2015 by Justin Guay

Charity and Climate Change

It's time foundations stepped up their game when it comes to climate. That's the message from two foundations that have invested big in climate: Larry Kramer and Carol Larson of the Hewlett and Packard Foundations. They delivered their message in The Chronicle of Philanthropy in a philanthropic call to arms.[read more]

US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked in 2013: An Isolated Event or New Trend?

April 29, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Greenhouse Gas Spike and Trends

The EPA has just released its US Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for the time period of 1990-2013. The results from 2013 are one of the key findings from the inventory that will likely make climate change activists take special notice ahead of COP 21 in Paris at the end of the year.[read more]

Analyzing the UN Climate Summit Commitments

April 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Summit Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited world leaders from all levels of government, finance, business, and civil society to a historic Climate Summit on the 23rd of September, 2014 with the goal of galvanizing effective climate action.[read more]

States Can Learn from Each Other On Carbon Pricing

April 28, 2015 by Kyle Aarons

Both power companies and states are starting to see real advantages to using carbon pricing. Such useful tools, like a cap-and-trade program for example, can greatly help to reduce carbon emissions under the auspices of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Methane Leaks: The Opportunity Paris Climate Negotiators Can't Afford To Miss

April 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methae Leaks at COP 21

When countries meet in Paris for climate talks later this year, they will come armed with the best data on how to reach a climate agreement. But a new report shows that countries have so far been leaving a huge opportunity on the table: methane emissions from oil and gas operations.[read more]

Deal on HFC Super-Pollutants Inches Forward

April 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

A global deal to phase down the powerful heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) inched forward after a week of international negotiations in Bangkok under the Montreal Protocol, the world's most successful environmental treaty.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Renewables Can't Be Stopped [PODCAST]

April 27, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Renewables and the Future

After a dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and efficiency. Yearly investment levels are still below what IEA estimates are needed to address climate change, the increase shows that appetite for funding projects and companies is increasing.[read more]

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We're Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate

April 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Using Natural Gas Right

Instead of substituting natural gas directly for coal in the power generation sector we should rather use it to displace electricity in end uses. Attention to this issue by policy makers can save untold gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades.[read more]

We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

April 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Public Health and the Clean Power Plan

Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.[read more]

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

April 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt
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U.S. Climate Action

 

We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change.[read more]