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California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Energy Systems to the Grid

April 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.[read more]

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How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?

April 22, 2014 by Ari Peskoe
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Renewable Energy and States

State policies and legislation promoting the deployment of renewable energy have played important roles in the rapid growth of wind and solar energy. But over the past few years, those policies are increasingly being challenged as unconstitutional.[read more]

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How the Top-Rated Colleges for Sustainability Are Raising the Bar: From Princeton Review's Annual 'Guide to Green Colleges'

April 22, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Green Colleges Raising the Bar

More colleges are offering sustainability majors, have greenhouse gas reduction programs underway, and are ramping up interaction with administrators about sustainability. But the percentage offering locally grown and organic foods actually dipped slightly from last year. -Princeton Review's Davie Soto[read more]

What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid?

April 21, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Smart Grid Expectations

There’s no doubt that the smart grid is coming, but it’s not well understood by most people. What will it look like? How will it help us? At a recent Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event, a panel of smart and well-informed women was on hand to shed light on the mysteries of the smart grid.[read more]

Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

April 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels -- even if that’s one very accurate way to describe what it packages up into a closet-sized, UL-certified form.[read more]

The EPA Gives Us 25 Ways to Limit Climate Change

April 19, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

The earth is getting warmer. There’s no doubt about that. The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4°F over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years. Some are even predicting an increase by as much as 11.5°F.[read more]

Loan Guarantees Are Back: DOE Targets 'Catalytic' Grid Integration Technology

April 18, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Three years after the Department of Energy issued its last loan guarantee to a renewable energy project, the program is officially back in action. Ending a long hiatus, the DOE indicated that it would finally use the remaining $1.5 billion allocated by Congress for loans to clean energy project developers.[read more]

New EU State Aid Guidelines for Energy and Renewables "Needed to Reach Climate Objectives," Claims Commission [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU State Aid Guidelines

Jennifer Baker, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission, to discuss the new State Aid Guidelines on Energy & Environmental Aid that will provide new criteria for the support of energy and environmental projects.[read more]

Building Genome Project: Retroficiency Takes a City-Wide Approach to Efficiency

April 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Building Genome

If more than 30,000 commercial buildings in New York City adjusted their thermostats just one degree upward in summer and one degree lower in winter, the savings would add up to $145 million dollars annually. That finding is just one gleaned from Retroficiency’s new Building Genome project.[read more]

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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Efficiency and Competitiveness

United States Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing sector of the economy.[read more]

New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

April 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The California Technical Forum (Cal TF) will be comprised of experts who use independent professional judgment and a transparent process to develop and review energy-savings estimates related to California’s energy efficiency programs, policies, and energy resource plans.[read more]

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

April 13, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet.[read more]

Through Solar Energy Jobs, Veterans Find a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment

April 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Jobs and Veterans

Like an increasing number of veterans, Liz Perez got into solar power. In fact, veterans make up about 9.2 percent of the almost 143,000-member workforce, compared to their estimated 7.6 percent of the workforce nationwide, according to a new report.[read more]

A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar Energy on Contaminated Lands?

April 12, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar on Contaminated Lands

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. Supported by the stimulus package and the Department of the Interior, developers continue to set records for the biggest solar and wind projects.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[read more]