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First U.S. Solar Sidewalks Installed

Walking on sunshine: Could the future of energy be in solar sidewalks? October 16, 2016 (Associated Press via CBS News) “…[Solar Roadways recently unveiled its first public solar-powered glass pavers installation in a] northern Idaho resort town. Show More Summary

Looking Ahead At The EV Market

Which plug-in electric car will sell best next year? Poll results John Voelcker, October 19, 2016 (Green Car Reports) “Sales of plug-in electric cars were essentially flat in the U.S. last year compared to 2014, and this year isn't necessarily...Show More Summary

Top Environmental Services Firms Ranked. Who’s No. 1?

The leaders in the US environmental services market are AECOM, CH2M, ERM, Ramboll Environ and Tetra Tech, according to a Verdantix report released today.

Steel daggers fly once again at Clinton-Trump debate

The resilience of steel is well-known — even as a presidential debate zinger. Hillary Clinton got two steely jabs in Wednesday night, once again chiding Donald Trump for running an America First campaign after constructing his buildings...Show More Summary

Utilities Have Their Guards Up to Protect Their Grids Against Physical Attacks

Whether they be cyber attacks or physical assaults on their assets, utilities have their guards up. The latest news on this front is that someone armed with a rifle caused $1 million dollars worth of damage to utility equipment in Utah, and knocked out power to 13,000 people there.

Pilot Plant Aims to Advance Oxy-Combustion Carbon Capture

In an effort to advance the commercialization of a novel carbon capture technology, a 1-megawatt thermal facility to test a process to capture CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants will soon be operating in Ottawa.

Will This EPA Strategy Ease Hazardous Waste Compliance Burdens for Retailers?

To address a disconnect between rigorous federal hazardous waste rules and their real-world use, the EPA has proposed a Retail Strategy to help companies in the retail sector better identify and manage hazardous waste.

Zero wedge: Shrinking margins and increased regulation leaves ‘restrained optimism’ for gold

Another year, another London Bullion Market Association conference, and this year was full of what HSBC senior analyst James Steel described as “restrained optimism.” A similar description was given of the recent Denver Gold conference...Show More Summary

Container market’s financial pressure cooker set to build into 2017

The shipping industry is meant to epitomize the word “globalization” but not in the true sense of the word, as shipping companies deal with the continuous onslaught of environmental and financial regulations. They are expected to be implemented globally in conjunction with maritime bodies trying to reduce the regulation impact on the balance sheet. Show More Summary

The Kigali Amendment: A Big Deal, a Small Step, and the Future of Climate Policy

“Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators,” describes the New York Times the successful negotiations on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

The Energy Prescriptions of The Atlantic Council: “There’s a Direct Relationship Between Climate Change and Geopolitics”

The implications of climate change targets not being met are massive migration, the potential for resource wars and “a further disintegrating of the international order”, according to Richard L. Morningstar, Founding Director and Chairman...Show More Summary

Young People with Passion: That is the Future of Nuclear Power

We talk a lot about the merits of nuclear power in this blog. From economics and reliability to environment, we focus on why nuclear is now and should be an essential part of our future energy mix. But how do we get there? Again, we often talk about the challenges associated with public acceptance and how we can better position nuclear as the energy solution we all know it is.

Virginia, Meet Paris. Things Will Never Be the Same

After Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly shut down the McAuliffe administration’s work on implementing the EPA Clean Power Plan last winter, Governor McAuliffe decided on an end run. He issued Executive Order 57, directing administration officials to recommend ways to reduce carbon pollution from the state’s power plants.

A Comparison of Wood Chip and Oil-Fired Power Plants

The Vermont media site, VTDigger, had a recent comment: “Just a single 25 megawatt (MW) wood chip plant could provide some 4 percent of Vermont’s consumption, 24/7/365, and would contribute to the Vermont economy in the form of jobs and money in circulation from the wages, taxes — wealth created in the state that stays in the state.”

High-Intensity Fusion

Pablo Rodriguez Fernandez is hunched over a computer in the control room of MIT’s fusion reactor, gathering data that will inform the design of a new one — a device that could solve the world’s energy problems. He is surrounded by other scientists running simulations and analyzing data.

Crowdsourcing to Determine Climate Change Effects

As nations debate and collaborate on how to address the impact of climate change, communities that directly feel the impact have a more pressing concern. Indeed, an extended drought or dramatic temperature change could impact a village’s very survival unless those villagers take some immediate action.

Promoting Sustainability and Equity through Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat, the formal United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, looks to establish a common vision for sustainable and equitable urban developments. UN Habitat conferences take place every 20 years, with the first two taking place in 1976 and 1996, in Vancouver and Istanbul, respectively.

If Germany Bans Internal Combustion Engines, It'll Change the Game

A recent vote by German heads of state sparks political debate on banning internal combustion engines

ORIGINAL REPORTING: 'The future grid' and aggregated distributed energy resources

'The future grid': How one DOE program is pushing the boundaries of aggregated DERs; ARPA-E is funding research aimed at fuller coordination of distributed resources on the grid Herman K. Trabish, February 4, 2016 (Utility Dive) Since...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Renewable Portfolio Standards offer billions in benefits

Renewable Portfolio Standards offer billions in benefits, LBNL study finds; Renewables are bringing down power prices in markets across the nation, according to a new report. Herman K. Trabish, January 29, 2016 (Utility Dive) Renewable...Show More Summary

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