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Better Together: Regional Power Pools in Africa are Worth the Challenge

October 13, 2015 by Amy Rose

Africa and Regional Energy

Despite an abundance of energy resources, electric power systems in Africa have been slow to develop, leaving a large portion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity. The growing interest in regional power pools across the continent could dramatically alter that trend.[read more]

Sustainability Has Entered the Political Mainstream

October 13, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week, former Vice President Al Gore, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger shared a stage on campus as Governor Cuomo committed New York State to a set of ambitious carbon reduction goals.[read more]

What's the (Demand) Forecast? More Energy Efficiency on the Radar

October 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Accurately forecasting electricity demand is highly critical to ensuring that grid operators are able to plan for adequate generation and transmission but do not over-procure or over-build, which can lead to the overcharging of electricity customers.[read more]

California's Gasoline Imports Increase 10-Fold After Major Refinery Outage

October 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

California Fuel Sources

Over a five-month period following an explosion at a California oil refinery in February 2015, imports of gasoline into California increased to more than 10 times their typical level, drawing from sources that include India, the United Kingdom, and Russia.[read more]

What the Congressional Hearing on Volkswagen Missed

October 12, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

I made time in my schedule to watch the recent Congressional hearing on the Volkwagen scandal on C-SPAN. It left me with very much the same sense tweeted by Amy Harder of the Wall Street Journal, comparing it to the BP spill hearings, though perhaps for different reasons.[read more]

Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015

October 12, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

Over the past three decades, governments in developed countries have made many commitments to reduce a specific quantity or percentage of greenhouse gases by a specific date, but often they have failed to implement effective climate policies that would achieve their commitment.[read more]

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]

Future Energy Fellows post

State Of The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market, October 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 9, 2015 by Leslie Hayward

The Electric Vehicle Market

In this latest update to the State of the Electric Vehicle Market Infographic, we look at various facets of the U.S. market: Monthly sales, cumulative sales, market share broken down by model, the status of infrastructure, and fuel prices compared to gasoline vehicles.[read more]

Distributed Batteries Offer Value Far Beyond Demand-Charge Reduction

October 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Battery Benefits

In the U.S., behind-the-meter energy storage is mostly sold to offset commercial peak demand charges. The business case works today in states such as California and New York, but it also leaves most of the battery’s value on the table, according to a new report from Rocky Mountain Institute.[read more]

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

October 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Carbon Removal

Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. The enormity of that task can be distilled to one number: two.[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]

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