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Let the Planning Begin, Part 2: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 9, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Compliance and Defiance

To comply or not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? For states, that is the question. Here we take a look at the states that are showing no sign of preparing to submit a plan, whether they don’t have to, they haven’t decided how to respond, or they just refuse to — in which case EPA will impose a federal plan.[read more]

Could High-Efficiency Homes Turn a Mortgage Backed Security Into a Green Bond?

October 9, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Could mortgage backed securities (MBS), backed by loans for high-efficiency houses, be the "impact investment" many investors are seeking as a way to fund America's clean energy future? If so, the MBS, the "toxic asset" of the 2008 financial crises, could become a virtuous "green bond."[read more]

A World-Wide Climate Agreement by the End of 2015

October 8, 2015 by Henry Auer

A Real International Climate Agreement?

Nations around the world are filing notice of their proposed contributions for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the next 10-15 years, or more. This is being done ahead of the next (21st) United Nations “Conference of the Parties” (COP) that convenes starting the end of November 2015.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 1: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Ever since the EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the rule’s 1,560 pages of dense text (and an equally daunting pile of Technical Support Documents) have kept legal analysts and policy wonks busy and bleary-eyed. Perhaps the most important group of readers, however, are state regulators.[read more]

Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

October 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

The urgency of climate change demands solutions that work. So, a clear-eyed assessment of how well policies and programs perform is critical, no matter the results. Using rigorous evidence to inform policy design and implementation is the only way to ensure that we effectively confront climate change.[read more]

Addressing the World's Flare Gas Problem

October 8, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Flare Gas and Environmental Risk


I don’t generally use this column to discuss the projects that I am working on. In fact, it’s been more than 2 years since I did. But I often get inquiries about where I am and what I am doing, so in today’s column I thought I would update readers who may be interested.[read more]

3 Ways Public Dollars Can Embrace Risk, Catalyze Emerging Market Clean Energy

October 7, 2015 by Justin Guay

Energy Investment Risk and Public Funding

It's easy to feel as though clean tech is an unstoppable juggernaut when you see unfathomably large clean energy targets in emerging markets like India. But unless those of us with mandates that go beyond making money embrace risk we could strand the development of important clean tech markets.[read more]

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]

Servicing One Turbine After the Other: Living and Working on a Wind Farm

October 5, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Servicing Wind Farms

Christened, the “Esvagt Faraday”, Siemens’ new SOV, is now in operation on German offshore wind farms. Ingo Bischof, Project Manager for the Butendiek wind farm in the North Sea, has just returned from a trial tour of duty. He explains what it’s like to live and work aboard the new service operation vessel.[read more]


Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[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]

Low Oil Prices: Why Worry?

October 1, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices and Economic Anxiety

Most people believe that low oil prices are good for the United States, since the discretionary income of consumers will rise. There is the added benefit that Peak Oil must be far off in the distance, since “Peak Oilers” talked about high oil prices. Thus, low oil prices are viewed as an all around benefit.[read more]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

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

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Rural Energy Access in India: A Comprehensive Report

October 1, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

India and Energy Access

Rural energy poverty is increasingly recognized as a major obstacle to sustainable economic development in developing countries. The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative has played an important role in the international policy effort.[read more]

Sorry Environmentalists, Shell's Arctic Decision is All About the Money

September 30, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Shell and Arctic Drilling

Environmentalists can hardly contain themselves with news that Royal Dutch Shell abandoned oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic for “the foreseeable future.” To be sure, the oil companies are under tremendous pressure to keep carbon “in the ground.” But that is not what triggered Shell’s decision.[read more]

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