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US-Brazil 20% Renewable Commitment is a Good Start, But We Can Do More

July 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

International Renewables Commitments

President Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, announced a pretty impressive clean energy commitment at their joint White House appearance recently. They pledged that each country would get 20 percent of its electricity from non-hydro renewable sources, like solar and wind power, by 2030.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Increases in U.S. Crude Oil Production are Predominantly Light Sweet Crude

June 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Sweet Crude Production

U.S. crude oil production has grown rapidly in recent years, primarily from light, sweet crude (less dense, lower sulfur content) from tight resource formations. Roughly 90% of the nearly 3.0 million barrel per day (b/d) growth in production from 2011 to 2014 consisted of light, sweet grades.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Renewable Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

May 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables Consumption Share

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total United States domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply.[read more]

Is 15% of the Global Clean Energy Market Good Enough?

May 14, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Market Share

How does 15 percent measure up? If you’re talking about America’s share of a $1.3 trillion global clean energy market, that 15-percent figure, while not too shabby, merits further consideration about how we got here – and where we should be heading.[read more]

Projections Show U.S. Becoming a Net Exporter of Natural Gas

May 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Natural Gas Exports

In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015, the Energy Information Administration expects the United States to be a net natural gas exporter by 2017. After 2017, natural gas trade is driven largely by the availability of natural gas resources and by world energy prices.[read more]

Nuclear Energy in the U.S. is Not Dead, Yet

April 28, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Lots of people in the United States want to write the obituary of the nuclear energy industry in the U.S. Among their reasons the high cost of new reactors, the low price of natural gas, and a skeptical public spooked by the shadow of Fukushima.[read more]

U.S. Remained World's Largest Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons in 2014

April 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Production

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014, according to U.S. EIA estimates. U.S. hydrocarbon production continues to exceed that of both Russia and Saudi Arabia, the second- and third-largest producers, respectively.[read more]

U.S. Solar Generation Doubled in 2014, Renewable Output Grew 11%

March 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John

U.S. and Renewables Growth

New federal statistics out this week have shed more light on solar and wind energy’s emerging role in keeping the country’s lights on. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2014 saw non-hydro renewable energy generation increase by 11 percent over the previous year.[read more]

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

February 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Energy efficiency is a big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-delivered state-efficiency programs in 2013, alongside $5 billion in private sector investment. However, some question whether this money could be spent more wisely to achieve greater levels of efficiency.[read more]

How Energy Productive is the United States?

February 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

US Energy Production

A new global index ranks countries by their energy productivity performance and finds the US in 38th position trailing the likes of Japan and Germany. The index sheds light on potential improved energy productivity for “rais[ing] economic performance and extend[ing] environmental and social benefits” to societies.[read more]

Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

January 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

China, the United State, and Clean Energy

With a new year comes new promises and opportunities, and that also goes for the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.[read more]

Report Lays Out Five Ways the U.S. Can Cut Emissions While Boosting the Economy

October 15, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Cutting the United States' greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change could save billions in energy costs and boost revenue for the natural gas industry, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute, a research organization that advocates for environmental sustainability.[read more]

A Common Energy-Saving Device that I've Never Seen in the United States

October 8, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram

Building Energy Savings

I tend to think of the US as ahead of most of the rest of the world when it comes to energy efficiency. Our utilities are spending billions of dollars per year encouraging energy efficiency. But in France, Singapore and Kenya I've seen an energy-saving device that I’ve never seen in the US.[read more]

The Gathering Storm: U.S. Must Lead Action on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

We face a threat from climate disruption. And the U.S. must lead to a clean energy future and a healthier world. Or else the longer heat waves, prolonged drought, crop failures, rising seas, increased wildfires and floods, and natural systems crashing will create profoundly destabilizing effects.[read more]

U.S. Lags on Energy Efficiency, but Creative Communications can Help

September 6, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Efficiency and Communication

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released the second edition of its International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking the energy efficiency efforts of the world’s 16 largest economies. The report assigns each country a score.[read more]