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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[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]

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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]

A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

April 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New England and the Pacific Northwest have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers find smarter ways to use electricity are now saving billions of dollars every year on utility bills.[read more]

Will Natural Gas Peaker Plants Become Obsolete?

April 24, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Nat gas peaker plants generate electricity when it’s needed most. Such as on hot summer days when air conditioning becomes not so much a luxury as a necessity. So who would have thought that a home thermostat could actually have the potential to make a natural gas peaker plant obsolete?[read more]

Advanced Energy Tech of the Week: High Temperature Superconducting Transmission

April 23, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Advanced Energy Technology

The ability of high temperature superconductivity to relieve transmission bottlenecks allows for more efficient operation of the transmission network as well as allowing for more efficient generator dispatch, which can help lower emissions and reduce transmission energy losses.[read more]

Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator

April 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulators and the Clean Power Plan

There is no great disagreement that the United States energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring.[read more]

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Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller
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Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]

Building Codes That Work

April 23, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Green Buildings and Regulation

New building codes are a significant part of projected emissions reduction goals in the United States, all over Europe, in Japan, and elsewhere as well. The question of course is, whether building codes actually cause such decreases in energy consumption.[read more]

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Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta's Push for National Leadership in Building Efficiency Gains

April 22, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Keys to Green Buildings in Atlanta

Amid the wave of hype about who’s saving this and who’s cutting that on this, the 45th Earth Day, is a move by the city of Atlanta to benchmark the energy performance of municipal and commercial buildings as part of a “comprehensive energy policy."[read more]

It's Not Magic, It's Voltage Optimization

April 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Voltage Optimization

Imagine homeowners and businesses saving millions of dollars – and cutting pollution – without needing to do anything. Magic? No, but it does require electric utilities to take advantage of new technologies that better provide customers with just the right amount of voltage to their electrical outlets.[read more]

The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

April 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Conservation

When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters.[read more]

Advanced Energy: Wind Booms in China, Rebounds in U.S., with Full Pipeline

April 19, 2015 by Tom Plant

Advanced Energy News

China continued to deploy wind power at a remarkable rate, installing an estimated 23.3 GW in 2014, a 45% increase over 2013. China accounted for 45% of the 51 GW installed globally in 2014, representing $94.6 billion in revenue.[read more]