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Let the Planning Continue, Part 1: With Lawsuits as Backdrop, States Make Progress on Clean Power Plan

November 23, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan and State Choices

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the Federal Register on October 23rd prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. This post provides a scorecard on the states currently involved in the legal action — 45 in all.[read more]


Will the U.S. Comply with President Obama's Paris COP21 INDC Pledge?

November 19, 2015 by John Miller

The Paris Agreement and Political Reality

The Administration submitted an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the COP 21 that would commit the U.S. to cut its total greenhouse gas emissions 2005-2025 by 26-28%. Will the U.S. reasonably comply with this commitment based on existing Federal energy related regulations?[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

One Million Tonnes of CO2

November 18, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

The first week of November sees Shell officially open its first major carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility, called the Quest project. It is in Alberta, Canada and will capture and store about one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.[read more]

David Crane’s 5 'Easy' Steps to Tackling Climate Change

November 18, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

David Crane Solves Climate Change

The energy industry is currently running out of time on addressing climate change and the many issues related to it, says NRG CEO David Crane. And if utilities don't find the customer-centric solutions to the problem, they're in big trouble.[read more]

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

November 17, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention due to the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential implications for China's GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations.[read more]

Will the Paris Agreement Be a Legally Binding Treaty?

November 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Secretary of State John Kerry caused a bit of a stir with comments this week in the Financial Times suggesting that the Paris climate agreement will not be a legally binding treaty. It appears Mr. Kerry has stepped somewhat inelegantly into a legal morass that doesn’t translate easily into sound bites.[read more]


Differentiation, Financial Support, and the Paris Climate Talks

November 12, 2015 by Robert Stowe

If the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris come to an actual decision, the accord will be the most significant multilateral climate-change agreement put into effect since the Kyoto Protocol, concluded in 1997 (or maybe ever).[read more]

The Oasis of an HFC Amendment: Not a Mirage, But Still a Dune or Two Away

November 11, 2015 by David Doniger

At the close of a week's worth of negotiations in Dubai, countries have made progress toward the oasis of an HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol. If they keep driving their camels, there's hope they can reach the oasis in 2016.[read more]


Energy Access in Post-Conflict Regions: An Interview with Qorax Energy

November 10, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Energy Access After War

Last month the Energy for Development editorial team chatted with the managing partners of Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”), a solar asset financing and distribution company that enables access to electricity services in Somaliland, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[read more]

Brussels Briefing on Environment: All You Need to Know for November 2015 [VIDEO]

November 10, 2015 by David Thual

European Environmental News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws, Sonja van Renssen provides an overview of EU environment policy developments, including the EU ETS reform, the latest news on car emissions standards in the wake of the Volkswagen Scandal, and the the long-awaited Circular Economy Package.[read more]


Energy to Surpass the Commitments of Copenhagen

November 9, 2015 by Jim Baird

Energy and Temperature Targets

In spite of commitments to limiting the global average temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the latest assessment of the UN is that Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference will miss that goal.[read more]

Climate Change Deniers vs. The Clean Power Plan

November 4, 2015 by Emma White

As President Obama asserted during a climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2014, ”No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change”. The Clean Power Plan demonstrates that we are running out of time but not out of solutions.[read more]

The Legal Battle is Joined on the Clean Power Plan, and AEE is in the Thick of It

November 4, 2015 by Bob Keough

Clean Power Plan and the States

Well, that didn’t take long. Within hours of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register last Friday, Oct. 23, a group of 24 states filed suit in the D.C. Court of Appeals against EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Separately, Oklahoma and North Dakota lodged their own legal complaints.[read more]

Expert Interview: Increase in Demand for Air Conditioning, Growth for Industry Likely in India

November 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India AC Needs

HFCs are one of the six greenhouse gases and very potent contributors to global warming, most prominently being used in the room and mobile air conditioning sectors worldwide. How will HFCs play into climate change risk when India's large population is beginning to need AC on a large scale?[read more]