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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

De-carbonizing U.S. Power

Monday, April 20th, 2015
De-Carbonizing Power: Figure 1, 2 and 3

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
In 2015, the US could set new national records: for annual renewable build; for coal retirements; and for gas burn from the power sector. Meanwhile, electricity-related emissions could fall to their lowest levels since 1994. This Research Note examines our short-term forecasts for US power.

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Granite Creek Watershed, AZ: Working with the Community

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Granite Creek Watershed, AZ: Working with the Community

This video features Michael Byrd, Executive Director of the Prescott Creeks Preservation Association, describing some of the challenges faced by Granite Creek Watershed communities (e.g. perennial water flow, drinking water source, and water quality issues) and how the organization uses conservation, restoration, and education to address these challenges.

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Integrating Climate Adaptation Efforts Across State, Regional and Local Transportation Agencies

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Selected    Extreme    Weather    Disruptions

NATIONAL CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATIONTHE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTERChallenges and Opportunities for Integrating Climate Adaptation Efforts across State, Regional and Local Transportation AgenciesDisruptions caused by extreme weather events are imposing significant and rising costs on transportation agencies throughout the United States, and climate change is projected to increase both the frequency and severity […]

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U.S. Homeowners on Clean Energy: A National Survey

Monday, April 13th, 2015
How important is renewable energy to America

CLEAN EDGE
SOLARCITY
In our second annual survey of U.S. homeowner purchasing trends and attitudes, we find that clean-energy products and services – including solar PV, utility-scale renewables, hybrid electric vehicles, and green buildings – continue to experience double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGRs). Sustained double-digit growth rates for more than a decade reflect the long-term nature of this current shift to more efficient, cleaner, and environmentally friendly products and services. But don’t be mistaken; as our research clearly points out, it is cost savings, much more than environmental factors, that are driving this monumental shift.

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Fossil Fuels & The Law of Diminishing Returns

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Fossil Fuels & The Law of Diminishing Returns

In this new short video Richard Heinberg explores how — in our economy, the environment, and energy production — we may well be. When previous societies have hit similar limits, they often doubled-down by attempting ever more complex interventions to keep things going, before finally collapsing. Will this be our fate too? And is there an alternative?

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Fracking’s Most Wanted

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Top Five Violators in Colorado, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
NRDC and the FracTracker Alliance (FTA) launched an investigation to determine what information about oil and gas company violations is publicly available, how accessible it is, and whether it provides an adequate understanding about the practices of different companies. We looked at whether information could easily be found on the internet, rather than having to make official requests for information in writing.

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Renewables Are Driving Up Energy Prices–Wait, What?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Electricity Prices in States Across the Renewable Generation Spectrum

DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE VENTURE CAPITAL (DBL INVESTORS)
Has increased reliance on renewable energy in the United States meant expensive electricity in the United States? This question has pervaded debates on renewables and fossil fuels, and this paper sheds light on this critical issue, including a look at the top and bottom 10 renewable states… It reveals that states with the greatest share of electricity generation from renewable sources have often experienced average retail electricity prices that are cheaper than both the national average and also states with the smallest share of electricity generation from renewable sources.

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Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States

Friday, March 27th, 2015
The Study Scenario results in cumulative savings, benefits, and an array of additional impacts by 2050.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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Drilling Is Tragic For Marine Life

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Top: Bottlenose dolphins. Middle: Right whales. Lower: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment effort.

ENVIRONMENT NORTH CAROLINA
Our coasts are home to stunning wildlife and incredible beaches, from the Jersey Shore to the Outer Banks to the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately offshore drilling is putting our natural heritage and marine life at risk. On ‘good’ days, drilling kills and injures wildlife and threatens human health and the economy. When they happen (which is all too frequently) major disasters such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout are catastrophic.

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U.S. Solar Market Insight Report

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Figure 1.1 Annual U.S. Solar PV Installations, 2000-2014

SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Solar energy posted another banner year in the U.S. in 2014. Photovoltaic (PV) installations reached 6,201 MWdc, up 30% over 2013 and more than 12 times the amount installed five years earlier. By the end of the year, a cumulative total of 18.3 GWdc of solar PV and another 2.2 GWac of concentrating solar power (CSP) were operating in the U.S. Over 600,000 homes and businesses now have on-site solar (nearly 200,000 of these installations were completed in 2014), and six states are home to more than 500 MWdc each of operating solar capacity.

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