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California Might Close Its Last Nuclear Plant 21.6.2016 Mother Jones
California's biggest electric utility announced a plan on Tuesday to shut down the state's last remaining nuclear power plant within the next decade. The plant, Diablo Canyon, has been controversial for decades and resurfaced in the news over the last few months as Pacific Gas & Electric approached a deadline to renew, or not, the plant's operating license. "California's new energy policies will significantly reduce the need for Diablo Canyon's electricity output," PG&E said in a statement, pointing to the state's massive gains in energy efficiency and renewable energy from solar and wind. The most significant part of the plan is that it promises to replace Diablo Canyon with a "cost-effective, greenhouse gas free portfolio of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage." As I reported in February , some environmentalists were concerned that closing the plant could actually increase the state's carbon footprint, if it were replaced by natural gas plants, as has happened elsewhere in the country when ...
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California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant to be Replaced with Renewable Energy 21.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant to be Replaced with Renewable Energy
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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
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For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity.

That’s wrong, of course, and now we have the proof.

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PG&E Reaches Historic Agreement with Green Groups & Unions to Close Last Nuclear Plant in California 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Pacific Gas and Electric will shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant by 2025 and make up the difference with renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a landmark agreement announced today by PG&E, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, IBEW, Coalition of California Utility Employees, and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.

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How China Can Peak Emissions Through Low-Carbon Buildings 21.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Speakers at Low Carbon Buildings: Innovative Strategies, Policies and Incentives Session On June 7-8, NRDC hosted a session on low-carbon buildings during the Second U.S.- China Climate-Smart/ Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing. Leading city officials, academics, and NGOs from the two countries convened to take firm steps toward more sustainable urban development. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China State Councilor Yang Jiechi delivered opening remarks . This high-level summit aims to help both countries address climate change by assisting cities that have already taken significant steps to strengthen their sustainability efforts. At the first Summit, held in Los Angeles in 2015, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Sichuan province, among others, jointly launched the “ Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities ” initiative, which is modeled on China’s national commitment to peak carbon emissions by 2030. Some cities, such as Beijing and Guangzhou, even committed to peaking their emissions by the end of ...
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Valuing Energy Efficiency: The Case for Consensus 20.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ellen Bell In my time immersed in commercial real estate energy management, I have met a multitude of building owners, managers, and engineers whose love for their properties is clear. Last month at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Summit in Washington, DC, I was lucky enough to once again spend time in the company of these inspiring commercial real estate professionals. This particular group takes that passion one step further. By publicly pledging to be industry leaders in energy efficiency, driving efforts to accelerate investment, and sharing success stories and lessons learned, the summit’s attendees are maximizing their operations and the value of their buildings. Despite this shared commitment, I still find a common thread lost in translation between the industry’s stakeholders: the value of energy efficiency. These groups don’t always speak the same language and, when it comes to financing and implementing energy efficiency, this disconnect is often even more pronounced. It’s ...
EDF Welcomes Proposal of Clean Energy Incentive Program 16.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Welcomes Proposal of Clean Energy Incentive Program
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Market Forces are Driving Coal’s Demise and Cleaning Up the Grid in Texas 15.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston What do economists and environmentalists have in common? When it comes to Texas’ energy future, more than you may think. According to a new study from the Brattle Group, a reputable, national economics consulting firm with extensive experience in Texas’ electricity sector, market forces are leading to coal’s rapid decline in the Lone Star State. Moreover, rapidly-growing cleaner electricity sources like natural gas and renewable energy will be able to entirely meet Texas’ additional power needs – without increasing electric bills. We couldn’t agree more. That said, we’re confident the impacts are going to be even more powerful in terms of Texas’ wind, solar, and energy efficiency. And the latest report from Texas’ main grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), continues to support that expectation. New report foretells a cleaner Texas grid Commissioned by the  Texas Clean Energy Coalition , the Brattle Group’s new analysis examines how market factors will affect ...
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Alpine Bank pledges support for energy rebate program 7.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Local energy efficiency rebate program Cen$ible Energy has received a four-year financial commitment from Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs to help the residential and small business energy retrofit efforts continue through 2019. The bank’s Environmental Loyalty Debit Card program will contribute up to $35,000 to Cen$ible Energy across four years to help meet the strong energy efficiency rebate demands by members of Yampa Valley Electric Association. “This fits really well with our environmental mission at Alpine Bank,” Alpine Bank Steamboat President Adonna Allen said in a news release. “The Environmental Loyalty program has been in existence since 2005, and our environmental debit card is a popular choice locally.” When a customer uses that card during the normal course of business, Alpine Bank donates 10 cents per transaction into our environmental loyalty fund. Through the debit card program, Alpine Bank Steamboat has donated almost $34,000 to environmental nonprofit organizations in Routt County such ...
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From Bogota to Belgrade, Cities Commit to Energy-Efficient Buildings 6.6.2016 WRI Stories
From Bogota to Belgrade, Cities Commit to Energy-Efficient BuildingsAdd Comment|PrintU.S. EPA Region 8 headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Photo by US EPA/Wikimedia Commons Around the world, urban leaders including university presidents, renowned architects, city mayors and financial managers are recognizing the need to manage explosive energy demand growth from rapid urbanization. But changing business-as-usual development is not an easy task. Today, 12 new cities are committing to accelerate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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From Bogota to Belgrade, Cities Commit to Energy-Efficient Buildings 6.6.2016 THE CITY FIX
Around the world, urban leaders including university presidents, renowned architects, city mayors and financial managers are recognizing the need to manage explosive energy demand growth from rapid urbanization. But changing business-as-usual development is not an easy task. Today, 12 new ...
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Net Zero Energy isn't perfect, but it's still a pretty good idea 18.5.2016 TreeHugger
Further thoughts on The Power of Zero
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Reinventing Green Building 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new book is less reinvention than it is revisionism. "The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building , to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers. His premise is that certification programs such as the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system are too costly and cumbersome: "By 2015, LEED had certified less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the US during its first 15 years. Annual project registrations and certifications for LEED in the US are now fewer in number in 2015 than in 2010. It's time for a green building program that works for 'the other 99 percent'...." Yudelson calls for green building advocates to "abandon the approach they have taken for the past 25 years." Instead, he argues, "The entire green building assessment process could easily be turned over to algorithms, eliminating a need for third-party auditors or assessors, as well as expensive consultants, ...
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RELEASE: Analysis Shows Wisconsin Has Clear Economic Incentives For Further Investment In Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Analysis Shows Wisconsin Has Clear Economic Incentives For Further Investment In Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research Shows Badger State Can Comply with Clean Power Plan Requirements By Expanding Targets WASHINGTON (MAY 11, 2016)– New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Wisconsin is in a strong position to meet or exceed its emissions target under EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from the power sector. WRI finds that Wisconsin can build on existing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Saving Energy and Money: Texas is on a Path to Greater Efficiency 11.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Robert King , Southcentral Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, Peter Sopher and John Hall , Environmental Defense Fund Three of the top five fastest growing cities in the country are here in Texas , and explosive population growth puts a lot of pressure on our electric grid to keep up with demand. Fortunately, the state’s main grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has done a great job of keeping the lights on, and new building codes are ensuring less energy use in the thousands of new houses that are being constructed. As more and more people flock to the Lone Star State, there is significant potential for energy efficiency to reduce pollution and energy bills for Texas families. But in a report released last October, ERCOT overestimated the cost of energy efficiency in Texas – by more than two times – and understated by about seven times the amount we are on track to achieve. ERCOT’s estimates do not acknowledge Texas’ reality: Energy efficiency, and ...
RELEASE: Policy Blueprint for Building Efficiency Shows Urban Leaders How to Boost Economy and Cut Emissions 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Policy Blueprint for Building Efficiency Shows Urban Leaders How to Boost Economy and Cut Emissions Eight recommended actions can improve energy efficiency in buildings to unlock a “triple win” and address economic, environmental and social challenges in world’s urban areas Key points: Nearly 70 percent of the world’s population, or 6.3 billion people, will live in cities by 2050, increasing energy demand and associated air pollution Increasing efficiency in buildings is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Accelerating Building Efficiency 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
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EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches Energy Efficiency Label for Building Upgrades 10.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches Energy Efficiency Label for Building Upgrades
How Dozens of Businesses, Cities and Other Non-State Initiatives Will Help Countries Deliver Their Climate Goals 4.5.2016 WRI Stories
How Dozens of Businesses, Cities and Other Non-State Initiatives Will Help Countries Deliver Their Climate GoalsAdd Comment|PrintWind turbines in California. Photo by Stuart Borrett/Flickr Attention to climate action has been high, especially two weeks ago when representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, making it the most-signed international treaty in a single day. This week brings together another group of actors taking steps to curb climate change—those outside the UN... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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How Does Your City Prioritize Energy Efficiency Actions? Participate Now in a New Survey! 3.5.2016 THE CITY FIX
Are you involved with decision making, operations or investments in the buildings and real estate sector? If the answer is yes, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities invites you to please share your insights in a survey designed to expand ...
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