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Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Matthew E. Kahn The fight over climate change has focused primarily on mitigating emissions. Professor Matthew E. Kahn of USC argues that changes in the urban landscape has much to teach us about so-called adaptation.

Flytenow, Inc. v. Federal Aviation Administration

Ilya Shapiro, Berin Szoka, Randal John Meyer, Thomas W. Struble Last year, a company called Flytenow was poised to revolutionize air travel by allowing private pilots already going to a destination to share their costs with would-be travelers — kind of like a college rideshare bulletin board, but on the internet. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: How Utility Rates Can Let New Energy Make The Grid Stronger

Rate Design for a Distributed Grid; Recommendations for Electric Rate Design in the Era of Distributed Generation July 21, 2016 (TechNet, Sierra Club, SEIA, Vote Solar, The Alliance for Solar Choice, CalSEIA, SolarCity) Executive Summary In...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, July 25: The Solar Numbers; Target Targets Wind; Wave Energy Gets Lloyd’s Approval For First Time

The Solar Numbers How Popular Is Home Solar Energy? Number of systems and megawatts Cassandra Sweet and Jess Kuronen, July 29, 2016 (Wall Street Journal) “…[The U.S. installed 1,665 MW of solar PV in Q1 2016 to reach 29.3 GW of total installed capacity, enough to power 5.7 million American homes. Show More Summary

Basic Change in Utility Business and Regulation is Inevitable: Advanced Energy is Coming to All Utilities, Like It or Not

A favorite utility narrative holds that the federal Clean Power Plan is the reason we must upgrade our electric utility system and reduce emissions from fossil fuels. Without it, we could continue to run our big coal and gas plants and leave unchanged the transmission grid that has served us so well. But the truth is, the EPA as ‘bully’ is a myth.

Quiz: How Vulnerable is the Power Grid to Cyber Attack?

Most Americans are familiar with the high profile hacking incidents of recent years—the public exposure of Sony Pictures’ private email, for instance, or the theft of credit card information belonging to 56 million Home Depot customers. Show More Summary

Intersolar 2016 Wrap, Part 1

TDS Environmental Media was at Intersolar 2016 North America last week, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Spending time at Intersolar and speaking with leaders in the industry provides us with an up close and personal view of the solar power industry, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that have been in the business since the beginning.

Iraq: What Happened to the Oil After the War?

Oil accounts for 99% of Iraq’s government revenue – and the country has the largest unexplored oil reserves in the world. But the future of the Iraqi oil sector is uncertain, with a National Hydrocarbon Law still awaiting parliamentary approval nine years after it was drawn up, writes Robert Smith, Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University.

Setting the PACE: New Ways to Invest in Clean Energy Home Improvements for Low and Moderate Income Americans

The recent White House announcement on Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a welcome solution to a problem that has plagued states since 2010. It will go far toward helping all citizens, but especially those on a low and moderate income, to make efficiency improvements to their homes and lower their energy bills.

Changing U.S. Energy Mix Reflects Growing Use of Natural Gas, Petroleum, and Renewables

In 2015, natural gas consumption increased more than any other energy source, accounting for 29% of total primary energy consumption. As domestic natural gas production continues to reach record levels, natural gas prices have remained low. Low natural gas prices have led to increased use of natural gas-fired generators in the electric power sector.

Electric Cars: Massive Hype, Limited Value

My general concern with electric cars is that they will end up with a very low value to hype ratio compared to other pathways towards a sustainable future. Cars have always been able to stir emotions and electric cars can further augment this natural emotional response with all the emotion involved in the green movement.

IAEA Launches New Version of Advanced Reactors Database

The IAEA recently launched a new design of its Advanced Reactors Information System (ARIS) database, which provides detailed technical summaries of the various advanced reactors being offered globally. The ARIS is an ideal online platform for Member States considering their first nuclear power plant or for those seeking to expand their existing programs through new construction.

Party Conventions Underscore the Divide Between Old and New Economies

As the Republican National Convention is ending and the Democratic National Convention is beginning, it may signify one of the sharpest differences between the two party platforms: the transition from the old economy to the new one, where climate change has figured prominently in the evolution.

Environmental Executive Moves: Metroflor, Cox, Locus Technologies, SolarCraft, Ethical Electric, Cardno

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Metroflor: Vinyl tile flooring manufacturer has appointed Rochelle Routman (pictured) as the first chief sustainability officer for Metroflor and Halstead International. Show More Summary

How MillerCoors Plans to Shrink Its Water-to-Beer Ratio by 2020

You can’t brew beer without water, says MillerCoors’ director of sustainability Kim Marotta. That’s one of the reasons why the second largest brewer in the US takes its water management commitments so seriously. Miller Coors’ 2020 goal is to reduce its average water-to-beer ratio across all major breweries to 3.0:1.0, or three units of water […]

Why Sustainable Manufacturing Facilities Are Green Building’s Next Big Thing

Manufacturing facilities are increasing seeking LEED green building certification, according to a US Green Building Council report. LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report highlights the manufacturing sector’s efforts to design and implement LEED and prioritize environmental stewardship for industrial facilities. Show More Summary

Preserving Pemex reforms in the post-Peña Nieto era of Mexico: Fuel for Thought

Enrique Peña Nieto is scrambling to save the legacy of his much-lauded reform of Mexico’s oil industry as the doors of Mexico’s political cycle close on the president amid electoral defeats, political violence and a tough global environment for the oil industry. Show More Summary

Module Shortage? That’s So 2015

Oh, how quickly things can change in one year on the solar coaster. After reporting extensively on module shortage rumors throughout 2015, a funny thing has happened: we are now facing a module oversupply. Why?

It’s Time To Choose

The choice is stark. Trump made his case for fossil fuels. Here’s the case for New Energy. Pick – only the entire future is at stake. From Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getEShow More Summary

Solutions From Our Millennials

The next generation is building New Energy solutions. All they need is the right support. From U.S. Dept of Energy via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

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