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Nationwide, Electricity Generation from Coal Falls While Natural Gas Rises

October 7, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Is Natural Gas Supplanting Coal?

The monthly natural gas share of total U.S. electricity generation surpassed the coal share in July for the second time ever, with natural gas fueling 35.0% of total generation to coal's 34.9% share. Compared to the previous July, coal-fired generation fell in every region of the country.[read more]

India Commits to Accelerate Clean Energy and Climate Action, Clearing Path to Paris Climate Talks

October 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Climate Talks

Signaling a commitment to fight climate change, India submitted its targets as a part of the Paris climate agreement. India committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35% from 2005-levels by 2030, a long-term commitment to curb its GHG emissions under the UNFCCC.[read more]

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

September 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Global Cimate Emissions and Reductions

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action.[read more]

Natural Gas Prices in Asia Mainly Linked to Crude Oil, but Use of Spot Indexes Increases

September 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Prices in Asia

Unlike the natural gas market in the United States, natural gas prices in Asian markets typically reflect contracts that are indexed to crude oil or petroleum product prices. The declines in crude oil prices between August 2014 and January 2015 had a significant effect on Asian natural gas prices and markets.[read more]

Coal Mine Starts Continue to Decline

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

Coal Mine Starts Stop

The number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013 fell to the lowest level in at least the past 10 years. The addition of 103 mines in 2013 came as 271 mines were idled or closed, resulting in a 14% decline in the total number of producing coal mines from 2012 to 2013.[read more]

Criteria for University Engagement with Carbon Companies

September 23, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Opponents of divestment argue that it is counter-productive in part because “…such a strategy would diminish the influence or voice we might have with this industry”. I have argued that shareholder advocacy and “engagement” don’t work when you are out to change core business practices.[read more]

New State Laws Seek to Improve Transparency in Utility Leak Management

September 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Leaks and Transparency

A new Massachusetts law requiring gas utilities to annually report the location and age of known gas leaks has, for the first time, enabled the mapping of gas leaks from natural gas distribution across the state. This effort parallels EDF’s methane mapping project.[read more]

Coal Use in China is Slowing

September 18, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Use in China

Economic deceleration, industry restructuring, and new energy and environmental policies have slowed the growth of coal consumption in China and are also driving more centralized and cleaner uses of coal. Energy-based consumption of coal grew only 1% to 2% in 2012 and 2013 and was flat in 2014.[read more]

California Makes Clean Energy History with Passage of SB 350

September 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Energy Legislation

Every day thousands of Americans suffer from dirty and polluted air – costing the young and old their health, livelihood, and in many cases, their lives. As California is home to the top five most polluted cities in the country, we need action.[read more]

Race to the Bottom: How Renewable Microgrids will Compete with Diesel Power in the Coming Years

September 17, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids and Diesel

The fall in oil prices has created a number of knock-on effects for renewable energy and other emerging clean technologies. Some of these effects are clear cut; for example lower gas prices makes the economic case for electric vehicles more difficult. Other impacts are less clear-cut.[read more]

Recent Statistical Revisions Suggest Higher Historical Coal Consumption in China

September 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Actual Coal Consumption

New preliminary data from the China Statistical Abstract 2015 (CSA2015) show an upward revision to China's historical coal consumption and production. Energy-content-based coal consumption from 2000 to 2013 is up to 14% higher than previously reported, while coal production is up to 7% higher.[read more]

Sarah Palin Wants to Be Donald Trump's Energy Secretary

September 7, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Palin and Energy Politics

When Donald Trump inevitably becomes President of the United States and turns the White House into a Mar-a-Lago private country club, who will join him in his crusade to make America a great place to build golf courses again? The speculation has begun.[read more]

China's First 3rd-Party Study on Regional Air Quality Management Across 30 Provinces

September 2, 2015 by Jenny Tang

China Air Quality

In 2013, China State Council issued the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013-2017 (aka “Ten Measures of Air”), setting a new precedent for governmental air pollution management efforts. One year after the Action Plan’s launch, what have China’s provinces and cities done to meet these requirements?[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

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