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In 2040, Fossil Fuels Still Reign

IEA’s World Energy Outlook is grim, but not set in stone

Orange France Launches Homelive, a Home Automation Solution Powered by Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave Technology

Sigma Designs(R) SIGM, +6.62% a leading provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Smart TV, Smart home and IP-based set-top-boxes (STBs), announced that leading French telecommunications operator Orange has selected Z-Wave(R) technology for its recently introduced Homelive Smart Home Solution. Show More Summary

Strong New Methane Standards Would Stop Waste, Save Money, and Also Protect the Climate

If you send a bucket to the well, you make sure it doesn’t have a hole in it first. You’re careful that the new milk carton isn’t seeping all over your refrigerator shelf. And you know that a dripping water pipe can mean big problems if you don’t get after it quickly. Leaks are messy, wasteful, and often costly. read more

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011. read more

Energy and the New Congress: Beyond Keystone

The Keystone XL pipeline is likely to get another opportunity for approval once the new Congress is sworn in next January. However, it will not be the most important part of a new Congressional energy agenda, and it might not even be the most urgent. Show More Summary

‘Water Budgets’ to Conserve Water

As California enters its fourth year of severe drought conditions, water utility companies are adopting some innovative programs to encourage consumers and commercial facilities to use water more efficiently. One unique program thatShow More Summary

The US-China Climate Deal: Don't Get Carried Away

The US and China announced what has been hailed as a historic deal on greenhouse gas emissions, with China agreeing to cap emissions around 2030 and the US committing to 26 – 28% reductions by 2025. What does this actually mean for the climate and for the damage that climate change might bring? read more

What Does 'Energy Access' Even Mean Anyway?

What does it mean for a household or business in a developing country to have electricity access? This apparently simple question has a complex and contested answer. How electricity access is defined has important implications for what types of interventions planners design for future electrification progress. read more

TODAY’S STUDY: RUNNING OUT OF GAS

Drilling Deeper; A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom J. David Hughes, October 2014 (Post Carbon Institute) Abstract Drilling Deeper reviews the twelve shale plays that account for 82% of the tight oil production and 88% of the shale gas production in the U.S. Show More Summary

Field to Market, TSC Form Sustainable Agriculture Partnership

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has partnered with The Sustainability Consortium in a move aimed at creating a common framework to measure and report the sustainability of US agriculture. In a memorandum of understanding, TSC and Field to Market have agreed to work toward greater harmonization of metrics in overlapping product categories, […]

QUICK NEWS, November 24: NEW ENERGY DOMINATES THE U.S. NEW BUILDS AGAIN; SIERRA CLUB, UNITED STEELWORKERS WANT WIND JOBS; THE ABUNDANCE OF SOLAR

NEW ENERGY DOMINATES THE U.S. NEW BUILDS AGAIN Wind Energy Provides Over Two-Thirds Of New U.S. Generating Capacity In October 2014; For Eighth Time In Past Ten Months Renewables Dominate New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity Ken Bossong,...Show More Summary

NEW ENERGY DOMINATES THE U.S. NEW BUILDS AGAIN

Wind Energy Provides Over Two-Thirds Of New U.S. Generating Capacity In October 2014; For Eighth Time In Past Ten Months Renewables Dominate New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity Ken Bossong, November 24, 2014 (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/Sun Day) "…[W]ind power provided over two-thirds (68.41%) of new U.S. Show More Summary

SIERRA CLUB, UNITED STEELWORKERS WANT WIND JOBS

Congress must not let wind energy jobs blow away Sierra Club Exec Dir Michael Brune and United Steelworkers Pres Leo Gerard, November 20, 2014 (The Hill) "The winds that froze Americans a week after the midterm elections could [could...Show More Summary

THE ABUNDANCE OF SOLAR

Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy Chris Mooney, November 20, 2014 (The Washington Post) "…Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is capturing more of it…[ AnShow More Summary

Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife. read more

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region. read more

Nest’s new commercials introduces its home automation gear to the rest of the world

Nest recently rolled out a barrage of new commercials to promote its collection of home automation gadgets and we have to say they’re pretty entertaining. The Google-owned company has produced four adverts: one for its smart thermostat, two for Dropcam and a single piece for its swanky smoke alarm. via Nest’s new commercials introduces its home Continue reading ?

AT&T to Pay Almost $52M for Environmental Violations, Cleanup

AT&T has agreed to pay California authorities $23.8 million as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T facilities in the state unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28 million over the next five years to implement environmental compliance measures […]

EPA Delays Renewable Fuel Mandate

The EPA on Friday delayed finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard until next year. The rule tells refiners how much biofuels must be blended into the US fuel supply. Last year the agency proposed reducing the amount of ethanol blended into the US fuel supply for the first time since the renewable fuel requirements were […]

China to Cap Coal Use in 2020

China plans to set a cap on coal consumption in 2020 as part of its efforts to achieve a recently announced goal of having carbon dioxide emissions peak by 2030. According to the New York Times, the State Council, China’s cabinet, released details of an energy strategy last week that includes capping coal consumption at […]

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