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

August 3, 2015 by Leticia Phillips

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

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

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]

New Methanol and Fertilizer Plants to Increase Already-Growing Industrial Natural Gas Use

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

New Plants and Natural Gas

Reversing a decline that lasted more than a decade, industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009 as relatively low natural gas prices have supported use of natural gas as a feedstock for the production of bulk chemicals.[read more]

New Research Project to Investigate How Communities can Tackle Fuel Poverty, the Silent Killer

July 29, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group
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Fuel Poverty and Health Risk

New research to be conducted on the issue of fuel poverty will help researchers, and energy and community policy makers to understand just how it is that community groups could reach the vulnerable and what potential impact local activities could have.[read more]

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Fracking Time for a Step Back

July 29, 2015 by Steve Heisler
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Fracking Analysis

Fracking is one of the hottest environmental topics under discussion these days, and for good reason: Many known dangers exist. Additionally, there may be more problems we haven’t yet discovered, because the fracking process currently in use has a short safety track record.[read more]

PG&E's New Tariff Could 'Gut the PV Opportunity' for the Commercial Sector

July 29, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Tariffs and PV Opportunity

 

If you were wandering the halls of last week’s Intersolar conference in San Francisco, you probably heard a lot of worried, angry talk about something called the A-6 tariff, and how proposed changes to it were threatening to undercut commercial solar PV economics in Northern California.[read more]