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Environmental Policy

Technology Leads, Regulation Follows

August 4, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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This week marks the release of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, an EPA Clean Air Act regulatory platform designed to reduce carbon emissions from American power plants. It has been called “the biggest action ever taken by the US to combat global warming.” It has also been called “really kind of eh.”[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion [PODCAST]

August 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Pretty much everything bad that could happen to the coal industry is happening. Global coal demand is slumping; low natural gas prices and competitive renewables are shifting the energy mix in America; and a slew of regulations are speeding up the closure of coal power plants.[read more]

Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong

August 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33 percent of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum.[read more]

The Cost of Contributions

August 4, 2015 by David Hone

The process of national governments submitting Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC is well underway, with a number of developing and least developed economies also submitting plans. Most recent amongst these is a detailed and ambitious plan from the government of Kenya.[read more]

Two Billion Gallons Potential Sugarcane Ethanol Exports To U.S. Outlined In Comments Opposing EPA's RFS Changes

August 3, 2015 by Leticia Phillips
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Sugarcane Ethanol and EPA Regulations

Up to two billion gallons of sugarcane ethanol could be available for export to the U.S. from Brazil by 2016, revealed the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry in formal comments opposing the EPA's proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume targets for 2014-2016.[read more]

More Details Emerge About How New York Regulators Plan to Restructure Utilities

August 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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New York and Energy Planning

New York electricity regulators released a white paper on ratemaking and utility business models to be considered as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, which seeks to transform distribution utilities into energy platform providers, encourage distributed generation, and eliminate electricity peaks.[read more]

Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]

Washington State Commits to Supporting a Growing EV Market

August 3, 2015 by Nick Nigro

EVs, States, and Business Models

The power and transportation sectors are the top two sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. So, for a state like Washington, that already relies on low-emission power and energy, transportation is the key opportunity to reduce emissions.[read more]

Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan Includes Massive Growth in Solar

July 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Clinton and Climate Change Plans

Hillary Clinton recently issued a renewable energy vision fact sheet that sets aggressive goals for solar and renewables as it acknowledges climate change. The document establishes Clinton as one of the few renewable energy advocates (and climate change conspiracists) in the 2016 presidential race.[read more]

Post-Sandy Rebuilding for Resiliency: Lessons From Long Beach, New York

July 31, 2015 by Steven Cohen

My small bungalow in Long Beach, New York, sits one half block from the bay and one and a half blocks from the ocean. Hurricane Sandy required a gut renovation of my home's ground floor and required my next-door neighbors to demolish their house and rebuild a new one. But rebuild they did.[read more]

Companies Pledge Climate Action

July 31, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Thirteen companies took a public stand for climate action at the White House recently, pledging to reduce heat-trapping emissions, increase clean energy investments, improve efficiency, and support efforts to reach a global climate agreement this year in Paris.[read more]

New Document Streamlines Negotiating Text for Paris, as Groundswell of Climate Action Continues

July 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

As the Paris Climate agreement approaches, we are seeing signs of a far different process from the last-minute confusion in Copenhagen. The latest sign of progress towards a successful Paris agreement is the release of a shortened draft negotiating text -- produced by the two co-chairs of the negotiations.[read more]

Can Hillary Promote Clean Energy Without Attacking the Fossil Fuel Industry?

July 30, 2015 by Aya Elizabeth Kusch
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Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton's climate plan is a probably a good start, but if she is going to take a solidified position on climate change and actually attempt to see it through, then she is going to have to embrace some controversial positions.[read more]

Climate Change Variability, Not Just Temperatures, Increase Mortality Risks for Vulnerable Populations

July 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate and health research has shown that weather extremes fueled by climate change are seriously threatening human health. It is well-known by the public health community that average seasonal mean temperatures significantly influence the risk of weather-related mortality.[read more]

Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?

July 30, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Small Scale Solar Success

When it comes to solar installations on small and medium-sized businesses, the 30-kilowatt to 500-kilowatt range is a no-man's land for installers. According to SolarCity's CEO, it's been "difficult to service this market cost-effectively," despite the SMB market being "bigger than the large commercial business market."[read more]