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Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

Hottest July On Record Keeps 2015 On Track To Crush 2014 For Hottest Year

August 17, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Global Temperature Records

NASA reports this was the hottest July on record. So we are now in “bet the mortgage” territory that 2015 will be the hottest year in NASA’s 125-year temperature record. In fact, 2015 is likely to crush the previous record — 2014 — probably by a wide margin.[read more]

Obama Administration Taking Bold Action Before Paris Climate Summit by Finalizing Clean Power Plan

August 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized Clean Power Plan. This is the first ever regulation on carbon pollution from America's power plants. Under the Plan, the U.S. will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

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Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

How Smart Grid and Demand Response Could Fit Into the Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Clean Power Plan Compliance

Less dirty energy, more clean energy. These are the fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and while that’s a potential boon to wind and solar power, it could also provide a boost to technologies that can help integrate that renewable energy into the grid.[read more]

How Chinese Industry Can Cap Coal Consumption and Transition to Cleaner Production

August 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

China and Coal Consumption

With the release of the Clean Power Plan, the United States has established a game-changing regulation that will reduce carbon pollution. China, meanwhile, has a chance to make just as important a contribution to addressing climate change by capping its coal consumption in key industries.[read more]

Powering the Planet to Half a Degree Temperature Rise this Century

August 13, 2015 by Jim Baird

Temperature and Global Warming

Replicating the conditions that slowed warming to a 100 year average of only .4 oC can buy us the time necessary to fulfill the climate/energy commitments made both by the UN and the G7 and could even preserve the value of the some of the fossil fuels that are currently held in reserve.[read more]

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

August 12, 2015 by David Doniger
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What's in the CPP?

The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. Limiting carbon pollution from the nation's power plants is the biggest step we can take to fight climate chaos.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: The Building Block for Clean Power Plan Compliance

August 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

One change between the proposed version of the Clean Power Plan rule and the final version, released last Monday, was the removal of energy efficiency as a "building block." The emissions-reducing impact of energy efficiency programs was not factored into final power plant carbon pollution limits.[read more]

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How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Comparisons to Other U.S. Climate Policies

August 7, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Policy Comparisons

As any regular reader of the Energy Collective knows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday. There’s been a debate over just how important the final CPP actually is and how it stacks up against prior actions taken by the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

The Clean Power Plan Offers Hope for the Oceans

August 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Government Policy and Ocean Health

U.S. marine ecosystems and fisheries have long been an economic engine and cultural source of wealth for our country. Which is why we must take action against the triple threat carbon pollution poses for our oceans: ocean warming, reduced oxygen levels, and ocean acidification.[read more]

What's Actually in The Brand New Clean Power Plan?

August 7, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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Clean Power Plan Analysis

It’s a completely different rule than the one that the EPA proposed last year. The start date is different, the way that the EPA calculated the standards is different, the methods of compliance are different, the types of sources subject to the rule are different, and even the legal justifications are different.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Is Obama's Signature Climate Plan Really That Ambitious? [PODCAST]

August 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

This week, the Obama administration finally completed its landmark climate rule that will require states to cut power plant carbon emissions. It's been hailed by supporters as historic, and demonized by opponents as an economic threat. But is it really all that big of a deal? That depends on how you look at it.[read more]

Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan, Here's How

August 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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With the final Clean Power Plan rule out now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there's a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to - the voice of cities.[read more]

President Obama's Clean Power Plan to Reduce Emissions

August 5, 2015 by Henry Auer

Examining the Clean Power Plan

Global warming affects all humankind. Changing weather patterns, consisting of greater and more frequent weather extremes have become more and more common in recent years and decades. Around the world, extreme rains and floods, droughts and unprecedented sea level rise have occurred.[read more]