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Sizing Up EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Program

By Mark BrownsteinThe U.S. oil and gas industry released more than 7.3 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere in 2013, a three percent increase over 2012 – that’s an amount of gas worth nearly $2 billion, and enough to supply about 6...

Posted July 27, 2015    

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

By Mark BrownsteinThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soon expected to propose its new “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily work to reduce their methane emissions....

Posted July 24, 2015    

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

By N. Jonathan PeressA study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane – about 80 billion cubic feet per year – is...

Posted July 23, 2015    

Timing is Everything: How California is Getting Electricity Pricing Right and Bringing Clean Power to the People

By Jamie FineAnybody managing a household budget knows it pays to plan ahead. With advanced thinking we can buy favorite items with coupons, when they’re on sale, in bulk, or at the cheapest store in the area. Similarly, we know that buying...

Posted July 22, 2015    

Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

By Peter Sopher, policy analyst, clean energy, and Sarah Ryan, clean energy consultantOver the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are...

Posted July 17, 2015    

Don't Write Off Energy Efficiency, It's Just About to have its Day.

By Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance ConsultantA few days ago, economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley released a study that called into question the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. The...

Posted June 30, 2015    

The Common Goals of the Pope and Clean Energy

By Paul StinsonPope Francis turned a keen eye toward the environment and the problem of climate change with his encyclical,“Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”), released yesterday. As a clean energy advocate, I’m heartened that Pope Francis recognizes...

Posted June 26, 2015    

California Leaders See Climate Action as a Winning Political Issue

By Lauren FaberIt’s always inspiring to see people stand up and fight for issues that matter to them. In our world, when politics can at times seem petty or backwards, it’s especially uplifting to see politicians do this. And that’s exactly what’s...

Posted June 5, 2015    

Community Choice Programs Empower Electricity Customers in New York and Beyond

By Paul Fenn, Founder and President of Local Power Inc.New York has embarked on a major energy reform that will change the way electricity is produced, distributed, and priced in the state. The effort, called ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ (REV) has...

Posted June 4, 2015    

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

By Ben RatnerEurope’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It’s nice to hear that some of the biggest players in the global oil and gas industry...

Posted May 27, 2015    

Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

By Beia SpillerWith time-variant pricing, people can choose to run their dishwashers at times of day when electricity is less expensive.New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to...

Posted May 20, 2015    

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

By Dick MunsonSource: via Wikimedia CommonsMicrogrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system.At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their...

Posted May 18, 2015