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'Pathway to 2050' Focuses on California’s 2030 Goals, Utility Regulation and Business Models

August 24, 2015 by Bob Keough

California, Regulation, and Future Planning

“We are at another inflection point in California policy,” said Howard Wenger of SunPower Corp. With legislation pending across the street in the Capitol to raise California’s already high standards for renewable energy and building efficiency, he couldn't be more right.[read more]

What the EPA Rules Mean for Carbon Capture and Storage

August 20, 2015 by Patrick Falwell

In its final rules for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the importance of carbon capture and storage technologies to achieving U.S. carbon reduction goals.[read more]

Technology Leads, Regulation Follows

August 4, 2015 by Alex Trembath

This week marks the release of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, an EPA Clean Air Act regulatory platform designed to reduce carbon emissions from American power plants. It has been called “the biggest action ever taken by the US to combat global warming.” It has also been called “really kind of eh.”[read more]

The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

April 30, 2015 by Jared Anderson

The Sate of Nuclear Safety

Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing U.S. nuclear regulatory framework contains flaws that in some cases allow cost to trump safety. But there has always been tension between the nuclear industry and the regulators that oversee it.[read more]

Supreme Court Leaves Room for State Regulation of Natural Gas Sales

April 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Natural Gas Act does not preempt the field of state antitrust regulation of natural gas prices, which means states can apply their own policies to natural gas sales as long as those policies do not conflict with federal law.[read more]

Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?

March 23, 2015 by Daniel Posen

Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires refiners, blenders and importers of transport fuels to meet targets that increase progressively through 2022. Seven years later, and the standard is facing two seemingly opposite stumbling blocks: weak supply (of cellulosic biofuel), and weak demand.[read more]

Would Standardized Nuclear Plant Designs Prevent Construction Overruns and Delays? Lessons From the 1970s

March 18, 2015 by Will Davis

Nuclear Plants and Design Efficiency


Delays and cost overruns are running rampant in new nuclear plants under construction today in 2015. This is more or less the morass in which nuclear plant construction became mired in the 70's, when an innovative management approach was developed to ease the process: SNUPPS.[read more]

EU 'Fuel Quality Directive Should be Extended After 2020,' Leading Lawmaker Underlines [VIDEO]

February 18, 2015 by David Thual

EU Fuel Standards and Directives

Leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Finnish MEP Nils Torvalds (ALDE), rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) for the European Parliament to talk about the position of transport in the EU 2030 climate and energy policy.[read more]


Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

Studies Provide Insight on Two Overlooked Segments of Oil and Gas Industry

February 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Overlooked Oil and Gas Segments

Two recently released studies in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology provide new insights into methane emissions from significant sources in the oil and natural gas sector and underscore the urgency of taking action to address pollution from these sources.[read more]

Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams

In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

New York State Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers, and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

January 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy and Acess


Offsite solar (and other small-scale renewables) projects will bring to New Yorkers all the great benefits that clean energy has to offer—pollution-free power; new, good-paying jobs; significant cost-savings on electricity. These projects will be supported by residential and business customers alike.[read more]