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Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together 10.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Moore, Senior Attorney – The Sustainable FERC Project, Chicago: The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the organization which oversees the reliability of the North...
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Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem 5.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, DC: Big Data isn't just an impressive show of new technology, it's a way to solve problems. In fact, quantitative analysis in the digital age - done in a scientific way to build objective evidence - has been called the best...
Five Ideas we'd like to see in Mayor Bill de Blasio's State-of-the-City Speech 4.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY: Bill de Blasio's 3rd State-of-the-City speech tonight will be a perfect opportunity for the New York City Mayor to build upon the new environmental framework he unveiled in his ambitious OneNYC sustainability plan last April.The Mayor's speech, like his previous...
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Cooling With Less Warming: NRDC, Manufacturers Agree on Phasing Out HFC Super-Pollutants in Building Chillers 3.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: This post coauthored with Alex Hillbrand NRDC and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) agreed yesterday on a schedule for eliminating the use of super-potent climate-warming chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in building water "chillers" - the air conditioning...
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Laying it all out: How low income communities can win with the Clean Power Plan 3.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Khalil Shahyd, Project Manager, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: 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...
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EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Brings Cutting Edge Energy Efficiency to New Jersey 2.2.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Brings Cutting Edge Energy Efficiency to New Jersey
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Will the giants of housing finance become "green" giants? 29.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Washington, DC: Change does not come easily at the three large housing finance agencies - the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. But all three institutions have shown admirable willingness to explore and adopt new policies to improve the...
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A Status Report from Iowa (And Some Next Steps) 29.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Katharine McCormick, Midwest Advocate, Chicago: Iowa made a lot of progress in 2015, and has even bigger plans for the year ahead. Governor Branstad reported out on the Condition of the State of Iowa on January 12th. In that speech, he spoke of clean energy's...
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Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions 28.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing: New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries last month in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank, China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions...
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California Sets World's Strongest Energy Efficiency Standards for Small Directional Light Bulbs - Will Cut State's Annual Electric Bill by More Than $400 Million 28.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency, San Francisco, CA: The California Energy Commission (CEC) made history again today when it set minimum energy efficiency standards for small diameter directional light bulbs used for accent, spot and track lighting that will be the most stringent in the world. The reflector...
Ohio Governor Kasich to Legislature on Continued Clean Energy Freeze: No Deal 28.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: While Ohio's decision-makers in Columbus waffle on the fate of the state's currently-frozen clean energy standards, Governor Kasich holds an ace card known as a veto. And he's made clear that he has no problem calling their bluff. Just this...
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Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions 28.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries last month in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank , China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions gap between current trends and a 2 degree Celsius pathway. This is not surprising, since China was responsible for over one-quarter of the world's carbon emissions in 2014, more than the U.S. and the European Union combined. The good news is that China is moving forward much faster than anyone expected to cut its coal use and CO2 emissions, with enormous implications for public health, the environment, and climate. These trends are expected to continue. In fact, China is now on a path to achieving its Paris climate commitments well before its 2030 target date. China's physical coal consumption, after increasing at an annual rate of 8.8 percent from 2000-2013 and falling by 2.9 percent in 2014, dropped an additional 5 percent in 2015 , even while the economy ...
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High court upholds government’s energy conservation program 26.1.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
WASHINGTON — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand. Supporters of the plan say it has saved billions in energy costs, improved reliability of the power grid and reduced air pollution since it was put in place in 2011. A coalition of utility companies, which have lost millions of dollars in profits under the rule, argued it was too generous and trampled state rights over retail electricity sales. A federal appeals court ruled last year that the plan intrudes on state power because it affects the purchasing decisions of retail customers. Writing for the court, Justice Elena Kagan said even utility companies don’t dispute that the plan curbs prices and enhances overall electric reliability, a key purpose of the Federal Power Act. The demand response program pays large electricity customers like retailers, schools and office buildings to ...
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High court upholds government's energy conservation program 25.1.2016 Yahoo: US National

High court upholds government's energy conservation programWASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.


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High court upholds government’s energy conservation program 25.1.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld a 4-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand. The justices ruled 6-2 on Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the authority to issue directives aimed at conserving energy and preventing blackouts. The ruling is a win […]
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Why is the GOP Fighting a $1 Trillion Savings Plan? 21.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco: Federal energy efficiency standards have saved consumers and businesses billions of dollars over the past 30 years, and are on track to save $1.8 trillion by 2035. The savings are increasing practically by the month as the Department of Energy...
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Consensus Reached on Residential Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Efficiency Standards 21.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA: As a winter storm threatens the east coast and rain pounds the west, the efficiency of your air conditioner is likely the last thing on your mind. But summer will be here before we know it and a vote taken...
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The New American Home 2016 is big and beige, as usual 20.1.2016 TreeHugger
But really, beige is not green.
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The Latest: Oxfam chief, at Davos forum, decries inequality 20.1.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest developments from Davos, where the World Economic Forum is holding its annual meeting (all times local). 11:15 a.m. The executive director of Oxfam International says ordinary people are losing faith in their political leaders and see them “as being in a cosy bed with business and cheating the ordinary […]
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New analysis shows Clean Power Plan is "very achievable" and delivers enormous benefits at low costs 16.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program, New York: When President Obama announced the final Clean Power Plan last August, the public only had a few detailed model runs to evaluate the new carbon pollution limits on power plants. Now, a new report out by M.J. Bradley & Associates,...
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