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Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. Wind and solar costs are now 46 percent lower than the EPA estimated in its draft proposal this summer. read more

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control. read more

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

Recently the Western Governors’ Association joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the natural gas sold at market, methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant. read more

20th UN Climate Summit: Catalyst for Global Action?

A virtual discussion about the events, decisions and conversations from the 20th UNFCCC climate summit in Lima. Is the UNFCCC still a viable pathway to confront climate change? Can the Lima talks capture momentum from a recent US-China...Show More Summary

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Oil Prices are Expected to Remain High Enough in 2015'

The US Energy Information Administration recently slashed its 2015 oil price forecasts, but the statistical arm of the DOE still expects total oil output to increase to volumes not seen since 1972. It will take some time before current lower oil price levels manifest in lower US oil production volumes. read more

Almost All U.S. Nuclear Plants Require Life Extension Past 60 Years to Operate Beyond 2050

When nuclear plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. read more

Are Negative Emissions a "Myth?"

In a recent column for Project Syndicate, Lili Fuhr and Niclas Hallstrom rail against carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies, counting them among the group of “ineffective or impossible” solutions to climate change. read more

Fossil Fuel Blowout

The Copenhagen Accord of 2009 essentially put a quota as well as “best by” date on fossil fuels. When combined with a growing perception that these are yesterday’s energy sources, the recent plunge in oil prices takes on a new perspective. read more

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings

SunEdison has inked sixteen separate power-purchase agreements with public housing authorities from all across Massachusetts over the last year, all of which involve net metering credits for solar PV arrays installed elsewhere in the utility’s territory. read more

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

Negotiators have spent the last week at COP 20 in Lima, Peru trying to lay the foundation for a strong agreement next year in Paris. Unfortunately we have gone through the normal routine of foot dragging and posturing from some countries. read more

Federal Proposal to Update Natural Gas Transportation Market Would Benefit Environment

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency responsible for regulating the wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, issued a proposed policy statement designed to encourage pipeline operators to replace their leakiest equipment: compressor stations. read more

Talking Climate Change in Lima: Who is Pushing for What

Studies have described how the insider strategies of environmental professionals and the outsider strategies of activists have pushed UN climate talks in the direction of adaptation financing and human rights. Trends also suggest tensions between these two coalitions that could derail a Paris accord next year. read more

US-China Climate Deal Underscores Need for Substantial Energy Innovation

Talks at the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru have been buoyed by the recent US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. While the pledges by the two largest players may represent a political breakthrough, a new Breakthrough analysis of China’s energy plans shows there is reason for concern. read more

COP 20: Reality and Distortions in Lima

Wandering the COP20 campus, listening to side events and hearing senior political, business and NGO representatives talk about the climate issue, you start to feel sure that we must already be on a new energy pathway. Then something happens to make you realize that there is still a long way to go. read more

Interoperability is a Smart Grid Necessity [INFOGRAPHIC]

Making the power grid smarter and more efficient is becoming a necessity as aging infrastructure requires upgrading, distributed generation sources proliferate and utilities adjust business models to address climate change and other new realities. read more

India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions. read more

This Map Explains Why the Ivanpah Solar Plant Is Performing Worse Than Expected

As if burned birds and political theater around the loan guarantee program weren't enough problems for the Ivanpah concentrating solar project, the owners are now dealing with lower-than-expected electricity production. From January to August, the 392-megawatt plant generated one-quarter the electricity expected. read more

High-Energy Innovation

Clean energy innovation and decarbonization efforts will be overwhelmingly concentrated in rapidly industrializing countries, where demand for energy is high and deployment opportunities are broad, says a new report from a group of 12 energy scholars. read more

Demand Soars for Green Bonds

There has been a recent dramatic growth in green bond issuance. Supply is responding to burgeoning demand. Quite simply, investors are snapping up these debt instruments that are linked to an environmental benefit. And recent transactions highlight this seemingly insatiable appetite. read more

Beyond Electrification: Why Fuels Matter for Energy Access

Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries grows, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as, if not more staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands as much urgency. read more

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