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Future Personal Mobility Visions, Part 2: Autonomous Vehicles

Fully autonomous vehicles hold significant fundamental promise to reduce costs related to personal mobility. However, cost reduction potential is substantially smaller and also more uncertain than the car-avoiding technologies of advanced telecommunications and small electric vehicles (SEVs) discussed in Part 1.

A Global Timeline to Net-Zero Emissions

Last week turned out to be a busy one on the climate calendar, with multiple events across Europe and North America. In the case of the latter, Climate Week in New York, coinciding with the UN General Assembly, was the largest. In Canada the Pembina Institute held their annual Alberta Climate Summit with over 500 people packing out a conference centre in Calgary.

The Economic and Moral Bankruptcy of UK Energy Policy

With its choice for Hinkley Point C – a £100 billion boondoggle – its enthusiastic support for expensive and environmentally harmful fracking, and its relentless attack on renewable energy, the UK government’s energy policy is both morally...Show More Summary

The Legal Case for the Clean Power Plan, in a Nutshell

In February, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan, which provides the EPA with its best chance to cut future greenhouse gas emissions. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Court will hear oral arguments in the case of West Virginia, et. al. v. EPA.

Should Community Solar Be Marketed to Corporates?

Trends come and go in the solar energy industry. Hot buzz words like storage, YieldCo, securitization, and community solar have dominated industry discussions in recent years. In some cases, hype becomes history; other trends are here to stay.

Emissions from Energy Development on Federal Lands Lag U.S. Climate Goals

The Obama Administration has set a variety of targets for US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, notably the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the US commitment to the Paris Agreement – which was ratified by President Obama in partnership with the Chinese in early September. Despite myriad efforts, little has been done to manage emissions specifically from federal lands.

Philanthropic Group Launches World’s Largest Energy Efficiency Investment

Bill Gates and other philanthropic foundations recently announced fast-start funding to maximize energy efficiency in parallel with an ambitious HFC amendment under the Montreal Protocol.

TODAY’S STUDY: What Utilities Are Planning For Solar

Planning for a Distributed Disruption: Innovative Practices for Incorporating Distributed Solar into Utility Planning Andrew Mills, Galen Barbose, et al, August 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Abstract The rapid growth of distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) has critical implications for U.S. Show More Summary

California Green Building Policy Update

There’s a reason USGBC gives out those funny green hard hats in Sacramento every year. This June, they went to Assemblymember Phil Ting and Assemblymember Richard Bloom for their outstanding leadership on our issues. Very special recognition and a salute also went out to NRDC’s Annie Notthoff and California Department of General Services’ Daniel Kim.

QUICK NEWS, September 27: Facts Check Trump – Fed Investments In Solar A Huge Success; Top Midwest Utility In $2 Billion Wind Buy; Solar Cost Increasingly Beating The Market

Facts Check Trump – Fed Investments In Solar A Huge Success The U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs O¬ce (LPO) provides the critical financing needed to deploy some of the world’s largest and most innovative clean energy and advanced technology vehicle manufacturing projects to date. November 2014 (U.S. Show More Summary

Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Flexible packaging, such as pet food bags and snack pouches, offers several environmental benefits: it uses less energy and materials than other packaging options and reduces waste by protecting products and minimizing food spoilage....Show More Summary

What the US Energy Market Can Learn From California

In California, there is no question that the state has the accelerator pressed down to the floor when it comes to clean energy. The latest evidence of that came just last month, when the Golden State became the first in the nation to propose its own plan for Clean Power Plan compliance.

OPEC racked with division, but too soon to write it off?

Investors have been burnt before, and are now skeptical that OPEC will overcome its internal divisions and agree to do something about chronically low oil prices. But could that be the wrong conclusion to draw? Some contrarian voices...Show More Summary

Former Republican EPA Chiefs Call on the Courts to Uphold the Clean Power Plan

When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia convenes tomorrow to hear arguments both for and against the Clean Power Plan, advocates of the policy will have some key figures in their corner: some former Republicans who had served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Record low solar power prices point to new future for the Middle East

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority confirmed in September that it had received the lowest bids ever for solar power. Five bids were made into ADWEA’s 350-MW tender, the lowest coming from Japan’s Marubeni Corp and China’s JinkoSolar Holding Co. Show More Summary

Can Recycling Tech Solve Agriculture, Oil Industries’ Water, Wastewater Challenges?

A new water treatment and recycling project in drought-stricken California could provide a solution for both the oil and agriculture industries.

Clean Power Plan Compliance ‘Within Reach’ for Litigating Power Companies, Report Says

Compliance with the Clean Power Plan is within reach for litigating companies, according to analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund.

Trouble Ahead for Low Income Texas Electricity Customers?

The LITE-UP Texas program that helped 700,000 Texas households in 2015 ended with this past August’s bill. LITE-UP Texas doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance. The Star-Telegram reports that lawmakers occasionally tapped its funding source — called the System Benefit Fund — to prop up the state’s budget. But three years ago, […]

TODAY’S STUDY: The Future Of Offshore Wind Foreseen

The National Offshore Wind Strategy September 2016 (U.S. Departments of Energy and the Interior) Executive Summary Offshore wind energy holds the promise of significant environmental and economic benefits for the United States. It is an abundant, low-carbon, domestic energy resource. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, September 26: The Sonification Of Climate Change; Wind Is Red, White, And Green; The New Hybrid Solar-Storage Concept Module

The Sonification Of Climate Change The haunting song of climate change, in D minor Brian Kahn, September 25, 2016 (Grist) “…Music based on data has the potential to reveal new patterns to scientists…[Nik Sawe used a technique calledShow More Summary

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