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China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables 28.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
[Tangshanpeng Wind Farm/Land Rover Our Planet] China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility. The reforms were wide-ranging and introduced a number of different topics, including improving efficiency in the power sector, assisting efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and removing conflicting incentives in power generation, all changes that NRDC has been advocating for years. The first document, issued by China's State Council, sets forth general guidelines for power sector reform in China. It's the first major State Council document on power sector reform since 2002, but these latest reforms take a stronger stance on environmental protection than past policy changes . The document emphasizes the ...
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EIA Report Confirms Clean Power Plan Is Affordable And Effective, but Overstates the Cost of the Best Compliance Options -- Efficiency and Renewables Can do More at Lower Costs 27.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program, New York: The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) has assessed the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, and concludes that the Plan can achieve large carbon pollution reductions with very small impacts on electricity and natural gas prices. It is the...
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How Californians Pay For Electricity Is Going To Change, But Will It Be Better Or Worse? 27.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San Francisco: The agency that oversees California's largest electric utilities will soon decide how much control Californians will maintain over their electricity bills and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could either reinforce, or weaken, customer incentives for investing in energy efficiency...
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10 Steps to Achieve the US Emissions-Reduction Target 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
The United States is the largest economy and the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so the world can’t avoid the worst impacts of climate change without U.S. leadership. The Obama administration stepped up to this challenge by setting a goal to reduce U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. So is this target achievable? Our new study finds that it’s possible for the country to meet this target even without Congressional action, but only if it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables 27.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing: [Tangshanpeng Wind Farm/Land Rover Our Planet] China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid succession,...
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Taking Big Steps Towards Energy Efficiency for All in Maryland 23.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: Mountain View Apartments, Cumberland, MD courtesy of Rudy Matthews photography This weekend, my Memorial Day observance will include toasting a historic two weeks of regulatory activity in favor of low-income utility customers in Maryland, particularly those most underserved of...
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How to Scale Energy Efficiency Initiatives 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
2015 - an important year for climate action 2015 represents a crucial juncture for global climate governance. This year, signatories to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet at the climate summit in Paris to negotiate a legally binding and universal agreement to keep global warming below two degrees. In addition, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - agreed by 189 United Nations member states in 2000 to address global poverty, hunger, disease, education, gender inequality and environmental sustainability - expire in 2015. Following and expanding on the MDGs, a new set of universal goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be adopted by the UN members in September. From January 2016 until end of 2030 the member states of the United Nations are expected to frame their agendas around those goals. Up to now, the improvement of global living standards has been targeted by the MDGs mainly through the transfer of relevant technologies (e.g. electrification, telecommunications, ...
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EDF and Other Environmental Groups Call on Pennsylvania to Step up Energy Efficiency 21.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Dick Munson Utilities across the country offer energy efficiency programs, many of which obtain good results simply by replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In Pennsylvania, however, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other environmental groups are going further by seeking more comprehensive and longer-term efficiency measures. Compared with neighboring states, Pennsylvania’s efficiency programs tilt heavily – 65 percent – toward the residential sector. Since residents account for only 37 percent of the state’s total electricity, environmental groups see substantial efficiency opportunities exist in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors. Also, compared with other states, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (Commission) has proposed a relatively modest efficiency goal of 0.82 percent reduction per year in total electricity use. The median electricity savings target for the country is about 1.4 percent per year. Neighboring ...
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Energy Efficiency Grades Are In – How did Los Angeles Do? 20.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By:  Jorge Madrid , Coordinator, Partnerships and Alliances, and Kate Zerrenner , Clean Energy Project Manager School’s out for summer ! It’s time to check those report cards and figure out if we made the energy efficiency grade or if we’re stuck trying to catch up. For Los Angeles, the marks are pretty consistent: “Not great yet, but getting there…” According to the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy ( ACEEE ), who just released their 2015 City Energy Efficiency Score Card , Los Angeles is the most improved city in the country – rising the fastest of all cities and finally breaking the top 15 rankings (up to #12 from #28 last year). ACEEE cites “a strong new suite of climate goals and high marks in energy and water utilities” as key factors in the city’s improved score. For a city the size and scale of Los Angeles (second largest U.S. city in total population, a regional economy larger than most countries, and the largest manufacturing sectors and ports in the U.S.) these are ...
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Need Help Funding a Retrofit? Use an Efficiency Services Agreement 19.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By Scott Henderson, Advisor to Metrus Energy While many in the clean energy industry are familiar with the use of power purchase agreements (PPA) to finance solar energy systems at commercial and industrial facilities, many may be surprised to know that there is a similar contract for funding energy efficiency retrofit projects. Called an efficiency services agreement (ESA), this contract was designed to address the challenges, or “pain points,” that building owners commonly face when contemplating such projects. Like a PPA, an efficiency services agreement enables third-party ownership of a project, in which a developer designs, finances, implements, and owns a package of energy and water efficiency measures at a customer facility. In return for implementing the project, the ESA provider charges the customer for any realized savings, at a rate that is less than their current cost of electricity, gas, or water. This continues until the end of the contract period, typically 10 years, upon ...
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Roxbury townhouses make Boston history 16.5.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Roxbury townhouses make Boston history
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Adding to the Clean Energy Chorus: Voices of Faith 14.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Marilynn Marsh-Robinson Diverse groups are creating a healthy dialogue on climate change and clean energy. In addition to ethnicity, diversity includes geographical representation, political affiliation, socio-economic backgrounds – and religious beliefs. One notable group, Interfaith Power and Light (IPL), is mobilizing millions of people of faith to be better stewards of energy and the environment. Founded in 1998, IPL now has chapters in more than 40 states and represents 15,000 congregations. IPL works with congregations to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change. In addition to clean energy advocacy, IPL recognizes that public policies – local, state and federal – play a pivotal role in reducing reliance on fossil fuels and expanding energy choices. IPL rightly focuses attention on communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, advocating for strong adaptation and mitigation ...
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Boosting Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State 14.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: Running for office repeatedly in New York, one particularly memorable candidate achieved fame for his years of crusading against high rents in his state. Turns out this is a nationwide challenge, as a Harvard study and a major real estate...
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Boosting Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State 14.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: Running for office repeatedly in New York, one particularly memorable candidate achieved fame for his years of crusading against high rents in his state. Turns out this is a nationwide challenge, as a Harvard study and a major real estate...
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Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change? 14.5.2015 Mother Jones
Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change? Climate Hawks Vote measures leadership, not just voting records, tabulating actions like bills introduced, speeches given, and so forth. In the 112th Congress, Sanders ranked third behind Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). In the last Congress, he edged out Whitehouse by one point. "Sanders is very much among the top leaders," says R.L. Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote. "He has a record of really strong advocacy for solar in particular." Miller notes that distributed solar, which enables everyone with a solar panel to create their own energy instead of relying on a monopolistic utility company, fits especially well with Sanders' democratic socialist philosophy. It's bad for corporations and good for regular folks who get to own the means of production. Here are some of the highlights from Sanders' climate and clean energy record: In 2013, along with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sanders introduced the Climate ...
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FirstEnergy Will Raise Rates to Recoup Bad Bets on Coal 14.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Dick Munson FirstEnergy, the giant Ohio-based company that owns power plants and transmission lines in several midwestern and northeastern states, is ready to raise electricity prices for its customers. This is in part because three of its oldest coal-fired power plants are set to close, but also because of a few bad business bets. Though finally shuttered this week, the three plant closures were announced in January 2012 so FirstEnergy could take advantage of a power auction planned by PJM Interconnection, the power grid operator in the Mid-Atlantic region. That auction determines the most efficient power plants to serve this region for the next three years. By taking these old and dirty units out of the auction, FirstEnergy was able to push up prices for its other power plants. At the time, environmentalists argued FirstEnergy should account for the efficiency gains that would result from state-mandated programs. Lower demand for electricity caused by efficiency improvements would have reduced the ...
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Pioneering a Portfolio Approach to Water Management with Walmart 13.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By guestblogger By Kellen Utecht, Director of Sustainability, Phigenics “Nothing is more useful than water; but it will purchase scarce anything; scarce anything can be had in exchange for it.” — Adam Smith With California facing its worst drought conditions in its history, toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, and water costs rising 33% since 2010, water’s value – both its actual costs and our perception of it – has been transformed since Adam Smith’s time. Companies today have a vested business interest in managing their water consumption. Since 2011, businesses globally have invested $84 billion dollars in water management projects. Given that water for cooling makes up a significant portion of a building’s water use, adopting a portfolio approach to cooling water management program is one way companies can make meaningful impacts in reducing water consumption and improving energy efficiency. Phigenics, an independent water management company, works with leading companies in diverse industries such as ...
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Utility investment in energy efficiency programs continues to increase, but we need more 13.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Dylan Sullivan, Staff Scientist, San Francisco: Energy efficiency programs - rebates, information, and market development efforts that make saving energy in our homes and businesses easy and cheap - are a key piece of the nation's clean energy strategy. A new report shows that last year,...
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There's No Need To Live with the Risks of Indian Point: New Yorkers Have Clean, Safe & Affordable Energy Alternatives 13.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York: Last Saturday evening, a transformer fire caused an explosion, fire and billowing smoke at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County, New York. Indian Point's two aging nuclear reactors, built in the 1960s, are located just 24 miles...
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New NRDC Study Highlights Huge Potential for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Multifamily Housing 13.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: The potential for cost-effective energy savings in the rental apartments where millions of low-income Americans live is substantial -- as much as 32 percent for electricity and 24 percent for natural gas. That's the good news out today in a...
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