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“Paris Climate Agreement Requires Huge Economic Turnaround in Europe”

The targets agreed to at the Paris climate summit in late 2015 imply a radical change to our economies, a new report by consultancy CE Delft shows. CO2-prices will need to rise to €250/ton in 2050 (compared to some €6 per ton now) and most of the existing industrial installations and infrastructure will need to be replaced. Show More Summary

Batteries vs. Demand Management: They’re Stronger Together

Given the proliferation of renewables — plus the dramatic growth rates predicted for solar and wind power over the next year or two — plenty of people are looking to storage as the way to save us from renewable intermittency. But, storage is pricey. Show More Summary

Clean Heat, Clean Air in Westchester County, New York

New York City may not be the place that comes to mind when you think of clean air, but NYC has done tremendous work in improving air quality – and now our neighbors in upstate Westchester County are following suit.

Hopeful Days for Environmental Progress in California

Gulliver (nuclear energy) finally began recognizing that the threads holding him down are breakable. The so-far gentle and polite giant has also begun to recognize that the petty aristocrats who have spent so many years wrapping himShow More Summary

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Prices Decline

Prices of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have fallen for the second auction in a row, to $4.53 per metric ton (mt) of CO2. The auction prices on June 1 were 40% below their previous peak value of $7.50/mtCO2, reached on December 2, 2015.

World’s Largest Companies Decoupling Emissions, Business Growth

Greenhouse gas emissions data from the world’s 500 largest companies shows that for the first time, the Global 500 are beginning to grow their businesses and manage their emissions at a rate that follows the global scientific consensus on the risks of climate change, according to a Thomson Reuters report. These businesses currently represent about […]

Green Bonds Can Help Make the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy, NSF International Says

The transition to a low-carbon economy will require concerted investments in new technologies and an unprecedented deployment of capital throughout the world.

Companies Are Responding to Shareholder Calls to be More Sustainable

Stakeholders want companies to disclose what they are doing to run their operations in a cleaner fashion and to benefit their communities, especially when it comes to things like carbon reductions and waste management.

Smart Homes of the Future: What Will they Look Like?

“So far we are still in very much the early-adopter phase” of the smart home, says Michael Philpott, principal analyst at Ovum, an independent analyst and consultancy firm which specialises in smart cities and home automation.Philpott tells IFSEC Global how the industry can give home automation mass market appeal and imagines what the smart home of the future might look […]

Did new drilling techniques hasten Bakken output fall? — Fuel for Thought

About nine months ago, analysts at Petrologica began questioning the oil production data coming out of North Dakota. Faced with low prices, spending cuts and a rapidly falling rig count, production out of the Bakken play was down, but only modestly from December 2014 levels, when production peaked at about 1.23 million b/d. Show More Summary

Smart Grid Partnership Announced in Europe 

Three energy companies in Europe announced Regalgrid Europe s.r.l., a joint venture that aims to create a new generation of smart grids around the world. The partners are Regal Grid s.r.l., Archeide SICAV SIF – Empower Fund and Upsolar. Source: Smart Grid Partnership Announced in Europe – Energy Manager Today

CGNP objections to PG&E, NRDC, FOE and A4NR plan for Diablo Canyon

CGNP’S Summary Objections to PG&E’s Plan to Close DCPP in 2025 1. PG&E’s current plan to replace DCPP’s annual power production is to expand the four following approaches to maintain its carbon emissions at the current level. A. Increase the use of solar power. Show More Summary

Hopeful days for environmental progress in California

Friday marked a big day for environmental progress and hope for our future as a species. Gulliver (nuclear energy) finally began recognizing that the threads holding him down are breakable. The so-far gentle and polite giant has also...Show More Summary

Marvell Launches Advanced Suite of IoT Application Processors for Home Automation, Industrial, and

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a world leader in storage, cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia semiconductor solutions, today launched a highly optimized suite of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial, and wearable applications. Show More Summary

PEER Perspective: The White House, Renewables and the Grid

This past week, USGBC was an invited participant in the White House Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. The summit convened leading state, utility and private-sector stakeholders to highlight progress and commitments to promote a flexible, efficient, clean and reliable 21st century power grid. Show More Summary

Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s: The IoT and Smart Grid

Electricity is the lifeblood of our digital world. Access to reliable, safe and renewable energy can impact entire economies and there is extensive research showing the substantial economic losses caused by power outages. This is one of the key reasons why smart grid technology is being deployed by power utilities around the world—improve energy security […]

Did Climate Change Drive the Bramble Cay Melomys to Extinction? Probably

Did climate change drive this tropical rat to extinction? Russ Finley address the doubters.

Landmark Deal Will Close Last California Nuke Plant

Based on multiple interviews with key environmentalists, it looks like this is a solid deal that opens the way for more New Energy and a nuclear-free future along the San Andreas fault. Kudos to Friends of the Earth and David Freeman for this triumph. Show More Summary

Say Goodbye To Diablo Canyon

A short, tuneful Diablo Canyon retrospective. It was never a good idea and now it’s simply too expensive. Here’s hoping California stays lucky and avoids the big one on the San Andreas fault for another 9 years. From A4NR via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...Show More Summary

Say Hello To Solar

This video is a little long but it effectively shows how viable solar has become in almost every way. From ColdFusion 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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