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New York’s First Green Bank Deals Bolster State’s Strong Commitment To Clean Energy 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New York’s First Green Bank Deals Bolster State’s Strong Commitment To Clean Energy
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Is energy efficiency a good thing even with rebound? 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Inês Azevedo , Kenneth Gillingham , David Rapson , and Gernot Wagner . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an Op-Ed in The New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (TheTimes has since corrected a crucial point of the article, and it has published three letters to the editor , including  one by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting over the ...
Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even with Rebound? 22.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By:  Inês Azevedo ,  Kenneth Gillingham ,  David Rapson , and  Gernot Wagner . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an  Op-Ed  inThe New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (TheTimes has since  corrected  a crucial point of the article, and it has published three  letters to the editor , including  one  by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting ...
Virginia's SCC Staff Wields a Nuclear Ax When Any Number of Toothpicks Would Do 22.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: The Staff of Virginia’s SCC made befuddled comments to the EPA last week that assumes Virginia would achieve their easy carbon emissions goal in the single most expensive (and absurdly unnecessary) manner possible: by building a brand new nuclear reactor!...
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Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half 21.10.2014 WRI Stories
Later this week, the European Council will decide on a target to further reduce the European Union’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. At issue is whether the Council will decide to reduce emissions by “at least 40 percent” from 1990 levels—leaving the door open to increase ambition in negotiation with other countries—or cap reductions at just 40 percent, locking in a lower goal and possibly influencing other countries to do the same. As the Council weighs its options, new analysis demonstrates that a more aggressive GHG target—achieved through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements—could also deliver critical energy security gains by reducing reliance on natural gas imports. The European Union currently derives about one-third of its power from natural gas, much of it imported from other countries. *A new study by Ecofys under the Open Climate Network finds that by 2030, the EU can cut its natural gas consumption by almost half by cost-effectively improving energy efficiency and ...
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The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State 20.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Katharine McCormick, Midwest Advocate, Chicago: Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth! Last week Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy, the largest utility in the state, plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams...
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Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change 20.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Chris Taylor, chief operating officer for The Sun and The Times' publisher, outlines how it has slashed waste, water and carbon emissions.

Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change
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Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan 19.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)...
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At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency 18.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Melissa Wright, Associate Director, City Energy Project, New York: Are you heading to the Greenbuild International Conference in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The...
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Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable – Drop for Drop 17.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner Since EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) in June of this year, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little. But I prefer to view the CPP as a fantastic opportunity and certainly don’t think the sky will fall because of it. In fact, our skies should be considerably brighter without all that carbon pollution clouding them up. I’ve written before about the opportunity for Texas to amplify current trends and increase our energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet these goals. And there’s an added benefit to transitioning away from coal-fired power plants and toward cleaner energy choices, one that will be critical in a state like Texas that’s in the middle of a multi-year drought: water savings and relief for our parched state. What if I told you that with the CPP, the Electric ...
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California Customers Will Continue to Save Money and Energy through 2015 and Beyond 17.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved an impressive $1 billion for energy-saving programs that will also save money by continuing to help Californians use energy in a smarter way.  The 2015 energy efficiency programs – designed and delivered...
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Got Science? On Green Energy, Ohio Ignores the Evidence 17.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
While most U.S. states are experiencing a surge in renewable energy that exceeds even the rosiest predictions, one state -- Ohio -- has chosen this moment to backtrack. Earlier this year, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that temporarily freezes the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards the state had adopted, choking investment in wind and solar, and stalling the state's transition away from over-reliance on its aging coal plants. Now, in the latest development , the Ohio state senate packed known opponents of renewable energy onto the review panel mandated to determine whether to make the current freeze permanent. The latest move makes a bad situation worse -- reducing the chance that Ohioans will get the fair evidence-based hearing they deserve about their energy future. Gold Standards At the heart of the debate are two tools -- renewable energy standards and energy efficiency standards -- successfully used by the majority of U.S. states. Renewable energy standards require utility ...
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Retrofit Chicago Awards: Windy City’s Energy Efficiency Leaders 16.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
CHICAGO (October 16, 2014) – The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Building Initiative has announced its inaugural awards honoring one building and three building engineers leading the effort to unleash the power of energy efficiency across Chicago’s iconic skyline.
How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience 16.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Here's an inside look at the food giant's sustainability menu, including engaging employees, reducing food waste and sharpening the supply chain.

How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience
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New Report: Positive Energy Trends Continue to Bode Well for U.S. Security and the Economy 16.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (October 16, 2014) – The United States is reducing oil dependence, slowing the growth of electricity needs, and making energy services more affordable to all Americans--and our smarter use of energy is the single most important contributor to these positive trends, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense ...
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AMAZINGLY GOOD ENERGY NEWS, 2014 EDITION 16.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA: If you’ve been listening to the candidates in this election season, you’re likely to be pretty depressed about the nation’s energy future (and present). The typical attack ad these days is a litany of complaints about energy prices, security and...
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McAuliffe: it's Virginia's "Time to Lead" in the Clean Energy Economy 15.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Governor Terry McAuliffe charted a clear economic course for Virginia using his strongest language yet, when he formally unveiled his State Energy Plan, acknowledging that Virginia has some catching up to do with its neighbors in creating clean energy jobs and in lowering energy...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds With Each Other? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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The Business-Policy Nexus: Clean Power Plan Offers Opportunity for Companies 10.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Namrita Kapur In our inaugural post on the business-policy nexus , Tom Murray highlighted the implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan as an opportunity for companies to be leaders. Why should companies be motivated to get involved? Because they care about having access to competitive, clean energy and tools and incentives for smart energy management, which will help them meet their sustainability and carbon goals while cutting costs. The decisions being made in the coming months on the Clean Power Plan proposal can help accelerate the transition to a cleaner energy economy for years to come, expanding the demand and market for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Any sustainability officer who has tried to price green power on the market or build the business case for an energy efficiency program has a stake in the outcome. What is the Clean Power Plan? Known in policy circles as 111(d)–the relevant section of the Clean Air Act–the Clean Power Plan creates the first national limits on ...
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