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More Details Emerge About How New York Regulators Plan to Restructure Utilities

August 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York and Energy Planning

New York electricity regulators released a white paper on ratemaking and utility business models to be considered as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, which seeks to transform distribution utilities into energy platform providers, encourage distributed generation, and eliminate electricity peaks.[read more]

Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main

Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]

New Document Streamlines Negotiating Text for Paris, as Groundswell of Climate Action Continues

July 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

As the Paris Climate agreement approaches, we are seeing signs of a far different process from the last-minute confusion in Copenhagen. The latest sign of progress towards a successful Paris agreement is the release of a shortened draft negotiating text -- produced by the two co-chairs of the negotiations.[read more]

How a Green Fair Connection Helped the Environment and Employees

July 30, 2015 by Ellie Ramm

Green Transport

Using public transportation can help the planet because it is more fuel efficient. At a recent Green Fair in Springdale, Arkansas, we also learned just how much public transportation can help employees, especially those without a driver’s license or a car who struggle to get to work each day.[read more]

Climate Change Variability, Not Just Temperatures, Increase Mortality Risks for Vulnerable Populations

July 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate and health research has shown that weather extremes fueled by climate change are seriously threatening human health. It is well-known by the public health community that average seasonal mean temperatures significantly influence the risk of weather-related mortality.[read more]

New Research Project to Investigate How Communities can Tackle Fuel Poverty, the Silent Killer

July 29, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group
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Fuel Poverty and Health Risk

New research to be conducted on the issue of fuel poverty will help researchers, and energy and community policy makers to understand just how it is that community groups could reach the vulnerable and what potential impact local activities could have.[read more]

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Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

July 28, 2015 by John Miller
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Oil Sands and Carbon Neutrality

The Argonne National Laboratory published a study that indicates Canadian Oil Sands imports would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% greater than existing conventional U.S. domestic crudes. Is this study reasonably accurate or is it feasible that actual Oil Sands imports could be almost carbon neutral?[read more]

LEDs Pose Same Threat As Solar and Net Metering For Utility Ratemaking

July 27, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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LEDs and Ratemaking

What exactly are the differences between LEDs and residential solar energy panels? Well, there's plenty different between them, clearly, but for a utility executive worried about slow or no load growth they amount to exactly the same thing—trouble.[read more]

Nine Reasons Why Low Oil Prices May "Morph" Into Something Much Worse

July 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Low Oil Prices and Economic Risk

Why are commodity prices lagging? The question comes back to, “Why isn’t the world economy making very many of the end products that use these commodities?” If workers were getting rich enough to buy new homes and cars, demand for these products would be raising the prices of commodities.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Beyond Shell-BG, Oil Company Merger Activity is Down

July 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Company Mergers

The second quarter of 2015 exhibited the largest amount of oil companies' merger and acquisition (M&A) activity by value since fourth-quarter 2012. The announced merger between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group in early April accounted for $84 billion of the $115 billion quarterly total.[read more]

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

July 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Reduction and Regulation

The EPA will soon propose its “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. Calls for voluntary measures to address pollution have increased recently, as the EPA is set to release its first-ever methane rules this summer.[read more]

Timing is Everything: How California is Getting Electricity Pricing Right and Bringing Clean Power to the People

July 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Getting Clean Power to the People

Anybody managing a household budget knows it pays to plan ahead. With advanced thinking we can buy favorite items with coupons, when they’re on sale, in bulk, or at the cheapest store in the area. Similarly, we know that buying under duress, or in the touristy spot, will likely mean higher prices.[read more]

Vote for the Future of American Energy Security

July 22, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Energy Technologies and the Future

Americans have enjoyed a break at the gas pump this summer. While all of us are relieved to spend less getting around during vacation time, consumers should be wary that this period of relatively affordable gasoline does not signal the achievement of American energy security.[read more]

Department of Energy Sharpens the Budget Axe for South Carolina MOX Plant

July 20, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Power and the DoE

As part of a unique nonproliferation agreement with Russia, the US is building a mixed oxide fuel production plant in South Carolina to downblend 34 tonnes of weapons grade plutonium with uranium oxide (U308) to make it into mixed oxide fuel (MOX). The Russians are disposing of a similar tonnage of plutonium.[read more]

June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

July 20, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Record Whether

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency, June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. And on Wednesday NASA reported similar temperature findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record.[read more]