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Cautionary Tale for Mexico on Oil and Gas Climate Pollution

New findings by NASA scientists attributing a giant, invisible cloud of methane – nearly 5 times the size of Mexico City – over the southwestern U.S. to the region’s sprawling web of oil and gas facilities raise important new concerns not just on this side of the border, but for Mexico as well.

Southern Oregon University Models Sustainability Leadership Across Campus

USGBC® and Second Nature recently announced the winners of the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards, which recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Commitments.

The RFS, the Rebound Effect, and an Additional 431 Million Tonnes of CO2

There’s a quirk of macroeconomics known as the rebound effect, and it can be a bit of a drag. When the price of a widely used commodity falls, consumers tend to use more of it. In most cases, that’s a good thing. But sometimes the price...Show More Summary

The Hidden Costs Of Obama’s Cheap Gas

President Obama graciously thanked himself for cheap gasoline at a rally in Philadelphia for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. To hear him tell it, “Let’s face it; Republicans don’t like to hear good news right now.” And while cheap fuel is indeed something that millions of households and businesses are happy about, including Republicans, many would doubt that Obama is to thank.

UK’s Hinkley Point Nuclear Project Gets Green Light

Prime Minister Theresa May approved construction by EDF of two Areva 1650 MW nuclear reactors that when complete will provide 7% of the nation’s electricity. The project is the first in a series of new nuclear reactors which will eventually total 19 GW of nuclear generated power by the end of the 2020s decade.

Energy Prices, not Capacity Mechanisms, Are Key to Ensuring Reliability at the Lowest Cost

Electricity generators often claim that prices cannot fully reflect the value of the reliability they offer the market. Hence they insist they need separate capacity payments to justify investments. But according to Mike Hogan of the...Show More Summary

‘Just The Tip Of The Iceberg’ – DoE LED Update

The LED revolution is in full swing: DOE’s latest market data show that the number of installed light emitting diodes almost doubled in just a year, climbing from 215 million at the end of 2014 to 424 million by the end of 2015, while cutting energy consumption by 280 trillion British thermal units (compared to 143 trillion Btu a year ago).

Tailpipes Top Smokestacks As Largest U.S. Source of CO2 Emissions

Transportation, which runs almost entirely on petroleum fuels, and electricity generation, which had used mainly coal, have long been the largest sources of CO2 emissions in the United States. Although power plant smokestacks exceeded...Show More Summary

Recent Energy Intensity Decline in Government Buildings Exceeds Commercial Sector Average

About 14% of commercial buildings in the United States are owned by a government agency at federal, state, and local levels. The latest data from EIA's Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show these buildings have significantly reduced their energy intensity in recent years.

Drive-By Monitoring for Urban Streetlights

Most cities don’t have any comprehensive listing or map of where their lights are located, what kind they are, what their expected operational lifetimes are, how high they are, or when they were last replaced. And the prevailing system...Show More Summary

Energy Management Then and Now: What You Need to Know About the Latest Trends

In 2008, EDF launched Climate Corps, an innovative graduate fellowship program committed to jump-starting investment in corporate energy efficiency. Now, after almost a decade of embedding over 700 fellows inside large organizations across all sectors—public, private and non-profit—we’ve taken a step back to survey the broader landscape.

Environmentally Conscious Efforts from Fortune 500 Companies

Unfortunately, protecting the environment often falls way down the list when companies are out to make money. This trend is beginning to change however as stricter government regulations try to cut down on pollution, and public relations try to match the growing concern for companies going green. Show More Summary

UK Government Approves Hinkley Point C

The UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced this morning that the government goes ahead with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project. This is a very important decision for the nuclear energy sector in Europe, especially EDF, and energy policy in general.

Is It Time to Retool Regulation for Clean Air, Clean Energy?

Prominent among them is the growing permeation of environmental issues into energy policy and energy issues into environmental policy. On the one hand, for example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been characterized as trying to dictate state and national energy policy in recent rulemakings. Show More Summary

IEA Sees “Major Shift” – But It’s Not Major Enough

“A major shift in investment towards low-carbon sources of power generation is underway”, according to a first-ever detailed analysis of investment across the global energy system from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Yet, in non-OECD...Show More Summary

Calculating the Financial Risks of Renewable Energy

For investors, deciding whether to invest money into renewable-energy projects can be difficult. The issue is volatility: Wind-powered energy production, for instance, changes annually — and even weekly or daily — which creates uncertainty and investment risks. With limited options to accurately quantify that volatility, today’s investors tend to act conservatively.

The Worst Oil Crisis Ever? IEA Sees Unprecedented Decline In Investment

“We see a broad shift of spending toward cleaner energy, often as a result of government policies,” Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director, said in a statement. “Our report clearly shows that such government measures can work, and are key to a successful energy transition. But while some progress has been achieved, investors need clarity and certainty from policy makers.

Energy Efficiency Should Be Placed on a Level Playing Field in the Clean Energy Incentive Program

Despite the fact that energy efficiency is generally the least-cost option for states looking to comply with the Clean Power Plan, it has yet to be fully considered as a strategy for the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). This could result in reduced investment in energy efficiency which would mean increased electric costs and less money in the hands of communities.

How One Utility Is Changing the Clean Energy Business in Brooklyn and Queens

The system for supplying electricity in the U.S. was premised on the assumption that utilities would make evermore electricity to sell to customers. But, the global need to reduce carbon emissions from traditional power generation, along...Show More Summary

Electricity Customers’ Service Restored in Tallahassee After Hurricane Hermine

Many electric customers lost service as Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida and moved over portions of several southern states in early September. Electricity use in the city of Tallahassee, Florida, dropped rapidly in the hours...Show More Summary

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