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TODAY’S STUDY: A Utility Puts Out Its Vision Of New Energy On A New Grid

The Emerging Clean Energy Economy: Customer-Driven. Modernized. Reliable. September 2016 (Southern California Edison) The Power Grid of the Future: Choice, Innovation, Opportunity, and Challenge Amidst the profound shift underway in the electric power industry, today’s customers are increasingly seeking choice in how they manage their energy. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, September 19: People Will Pay To Fight Climate Change; Wind To Keep Getting Cheaper; Tesla Batteries To Ease Aliso Cyn-Caused Power Shortfalls

People Will Pay To Fight Climate Change More are willing to pay to fight climate change, survey says Bill Loveless, September 18, 2016 (USA Today) “…[A new survey] found that 65% of Americans think climate change is a problem that the...Show More Summary

Breakthrough Dialogue 2016

Breakthrough Dialogue 2016: Great Transformations took place on June 22 – 24, 2016 Inspired by the profound challenges and opportunities afforded by modernization, the theme of Breakthrough Dialogue 2016 is “Great Transformations.” Over...Show More Summary

Breakthrough Dialogue 2017 Announced: Democracy in the Anthropocene

Breakthrough Institute is excited to announce that the 2017 Breakthrough Dialogue will take place Wednesday, June 21, through Friday, June 23, at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California. Breakthrough Dialogue is the research organization’s...Show More Summary

Science and Politics

Starting this week, Cornell University is offering a Massive Open Online Course that attempts to address the complex intersection of science and politics as it pertains to the touchy subject of GMOs. According to the MOOC, the course...Show More Summary

A Desert Stand-Off

Late last year, Ted Nordhaus and I wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle about the tension between conservation and renewable energy deployment in California. Our subject was the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a massive piece of land use planning for California’s desert that has been eight years in the making. Show More Summary

The RFS, the Rebound Effect, and an Additional 431 Million Tonnes of CO2

There’s a quirk of macroeconomics known as the rebound effect, and it can be a bit of a drag. When the price of a widely used commodity falls, consumers tend to use more of it. In most cases, that’s a good thing. But sometimes the price...Show More Summary

The Hidden Costs Of Obama’s Cheap Gas

President Obama graciously thanked himself for cheap gasoline at a rally in Philadelphia for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. To hear him tell it, “Let’s face it; Republicans don’t like to hear good news right now.” And while cheap fuel is indeed something that millions of households and businesses are happy about, including Republicans, many would doubt that Obama is to thank.

UK’s Hinkley Point Nuclear Project Gets Green Light

Prime Minister Theresa May approved construction by EDF of two Areva 1650 MW nuclear reactors that when complete will provide 7% of the nation’s electricity. The project is the first in a series of new nuclear reactors which will eventually total 19 GW of nuclear generated power by the end of the 2020s decade.

Energy Prices, not Capacity Mechanisms, Are Key to Ensuring Reliability at the Lowest Cost

Electricity generators often claim that prices cannot fully reflect the value of the reliability they offer the market. Hence they insist they need separate capacity payments to justify investments. But according to Mike Hogan of the...Show More Summary

‘Just The Tip Of The Iceberg’ – DoE LED Update

The LED revolution is in full swing: DOE’s latest market data show that the number of installed light emitting diodes almost doubled in just a year, climbing from 215 million at the end of 2014 to 424 million by the end of 2015, while cutting energy consumption by 280 trillion British thermal units (compared to 143 trillion Btu a year ago).

Tailpipes Top Smokestacks As Largest U.S. Source of CO2 Emissions

Transportation, which runs almost entirely on petroleum fuels, and electricity generation, which had used mainly coal, have long been the largest sources of CO2 emissions in the United States. Although power plant smokestacks exceeded...Show More Summary

Recent Energy Intensity Decline in Government Buildings Exceeds Commercial Sector Average

About 14% of commercial buildings in the United States are owned by a government agency at federal, state, and local levels. The latest data from EIA's Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show these buildings have significantly reduced their energy intensity in recent years.

Drive-By Monitoring for Urban Streetlights

Most cities don’t have any comprehensive listing or map of where their lights are located, what kind they are, what their expected operational lifetimes are, how high they are, or when they were last replaced. And the prevailing system...Show More Summary

What the Colonial Pipeline Teaches Us About Fuel Diversity

Matt Wald The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald.Six southern governors have declared states of emergency in the last few days,...Show More Summary

Bank of America Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2020

Bank of America committed to carbon neutrality and 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020, among other environmental goals announced today. These include reducing location-based greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, energy use by 40 percent, and water use by 45 percent in its global operations by 2020. The company also pledged to reduce waste to […]

Perovskites Solar Cells Grow Better With a Dash of Acrylic Glass

Acrylic glass, a common polymer, controls the growth of perovskite crystals to make a 21%-efficient solar cell

Diamond Proves Useful Material for Growing Graphene

Former Argonne postdoctoral researcher Diana Berman and Argonne nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant, along with several collaborators, developed a new and inexpensive way to grow pure graphene using a diamond substrate.

Climate Week 2016: Businesses Lead the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

Climate Week 2016 kicks off today in New York City, with international business and government leaders meeting to discuss the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Congress Comes Together to Set Modified Terms for Coal Ash Disposal

It looks as Congress will amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act that sets the terms for coal ash disposal. Both chambers have passed similar measures that, in essence, would give the states more say when it comes setting such standards...

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