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Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own. read more

The Future of RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies. read more

High Inventories Help Push Crude Oil Prices to Lowest Levels in 13 Years

Several factors have played a part in pushing U.S. crude oil prices below $30 per barrel (b), including high inventory levels of crude oil, uncertainty about global economic growth, volatility in equity and nonenergy commodity markets, and the potential for additional crude oil supply to enter the market. read more

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits. read more

Is Bernie Sanders like Ted Cruz an enemy of Science?

Aging, trouble plagued Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders makes no bones about what he thinks of Nuclear Power. Sander's statedabout his home states only Nuclear Power Plant, Vermont Yankee: "In my state there is a strong feeling that we want to go forward with energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Show More Summary

Meet the Technologies GE, Statoil Say Will Revolutionize Oil & Gas Water Management

The latest technologies poised to reduce water usage in onshore oil and gas production, according to General Electric and Statoil, include a water treatment via a nano-sponge, ice crystals and an evaporator tornado, as well as high-powered laser beams that make pipes super water repellent. Managing water is one of the industry’s biggest challenges. However, […]

Keystone Redux: TransCanada is Now Seeking An Ocean Route for its Dirty Tar Sands

The company that eventually lost a bid to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (and has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for $15 billion for lost profits) is eyeing to get its tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast another way: by sea. read more

Virginia Legislators Look to Tax Breaks and Barrier-Busting to Boost Renewable Energy

The orchestrated mayhem of the Virginia General Assembly session is well underway. Weeks have passed and not much time remains until what’s known as “Crossover,” after which any bill that hasn’t passed its own chamber is effectively dead. read more

A Global Agreement on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

2015 was the warmest year on record, using temperatures measured over the entire year on both land and ocean surfaces. The high temperatures averaged worldwide have produced large numbers of extreme weather events, especially heat waves, over the last five years. read more

Chinese New Year sees no-monkeying-around stance on steel overcapacity

As China takes off for the new Year of the Monkey, the mood for many in its steel industry will decidedly be sombre, judging from the recent slew of warnings several steelmakers have issued, predicting massive losses for 2015. Over the week-long break, the industry will take time to digest the bitter medicine that the […]

Parsing Bill Nye’s Anti-Nuclear Energy Keynote Speech

My previous article was about Bill Nye's choice to ignore the science when it comes to nuclear energy safety. I'm not picking on Bill. My critiques are in response to Nye's decision to use his celebrity status to publicly air his anti-nuclear energy beliefs. Show More Summary

Air Traffic Control: Bipartisan Reform in 2016?

Chris Edwards With the Federal Aviation Administration’s authorization expiring in March, aviation experts are urging Congress to overhaul our air traffic control (ATC) system. The system suffers from uncertain funding, is bogged down...Show More Summary

New Materials Push Solar-to-Hydrogen Closer

Using the sun to change easy to store chemicals into usable hydrogen is getting more efficient

Go for launch: The space race for mining metals from asteroids gains more focus

The Luxembourg Government announced a series of measures on Feb. 3 that will boost asteroid mining and the visionary use of space resources, according to a statement from the country’s Ministry of the Economy. It’s the stuff of George Lucas, Jules Verne and James Cameron. Yes, James Cameron, the film director of Titanic, The Terminator […]

MATS Compliance Help for Power Plant Operators

Late last year a federal appeals court upheld the EPA’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. To help power plant operators comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and reduce emissions, ADA-ED has launched ADA Health Check. The new service provides a compliance strategy review combined with expert analysis […]

CLIMATE CHANGE IS GETTING TO THE PETS

Climate Change and Pets: More Fleas, More Heartworm Sue Manning, February 3, 2016 (AP via ABC News) “…[2015 was the hottest year on Earth in 136 years of record-keeping and climate change is] affecting cats and dogs…Fleas and ticks are...Show More Summary

THE BREEZE IN TREES CAN BE ELECTRICITY

Leafless Artificial Trees Swaying In The Breeze Can Harness Wind Energy And Generate Electricity Angela Laguipo, February 3, 2016 (Tech Times) “…[A team of engineers is] looking at leafless artificial trees to generate renewable power...Show More Summary

A SOLAR-POWERED VINEYARD

New Installation To Power Templeton Winery With 100 Percent Solar Energy; New solar installation will help cut electricity bills by $20,000 per month Yesica Lopez, January 29, 2016 (KEYT NewsChannel3/Santa Barbara, CA) “Castoro Cellars...Show More Summary

A GEOTHERMAL HOTHOUSE

Tropical fruit in Nebraska? Geothermal makes it possible … and cheap Kate Yoder, 1 February 2016 (Grist) “…Russ Finch, a mail-carrier-turned-farmer, is growing these tropical fruits in Alliance, Nebraska…[His] “Greenhouse in the Snow”...Show More Summary

State RPSs Central to Renewable Energy Growth

Federal energy policy developments received a significant amount of attention in 2015: The Clean Power Plan and renewable energy tax credits dominated headlines. However, this focus on national issues tends to obscure critical actions at the local and state levels that are just as important for energy systems. read more

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