- Are Environmental Regulations Causing US Utility Bills to Surge?
U.S. electricity markets face years of higher prices as clean-air regulations shut more coal-fired power plants than earlier forecast, cutting supply and forcing producers to rely more on natural gas.
- EU Leaders Agree To Tough Carbon Regulations to Spur Renewable Energy Develop...
European Union leaders backed the most-ambitious carbon emissions goals of any major economy, in a bid to crank up pressure on the U.S. and China ahead of climate talks in December.
- Australia Seeks to Reduce Renewable Energy Target to ?Real? 20 Percent
Prime Minister Tony Abbott?s government will negotiate with the opposition to cut Australia?s renewable energy target and exempt industries such as aluminum and copper smelting.
- The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices
The green revolution and, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology ? it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea change in our antiquated financial accounting systems.
- The 51st State: What?s Your Ideal Energy Market?
Imagine a place where there is no electricity market. No rules, no policies, no market. A clean slate. This is what the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) calls the 51st State, a new initiative to get people to think outside the box when it comes to utility design and infrastructure.
- New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium ? And Clean ...
Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years ? and perhaps ever ? to directly ask residents their views of the now six-year-old de facto moratorium on fracking.
- Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel
The sea has long been a source of Norway?s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce ?biocrude? from common kelp.
- European Commission Studies Renewable Costs
New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs and subsidy levels.
- UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund
The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain?s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.
- Earth to Cellulosic Biofuels: Good to See You, Buddy, What Took So Long? Part II
There?s a gigantic disconnect between two sections in the country as to whether the United States should be celebrating the success or the failure of cellulosic biofuels. Supporters and detractors alike saying that the wave of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol refineries is a new wave in technology or the latest round in a wave of unimportant hype.
- Brazil Bioenergy Bonanza: New Biofuel Refinery in the Works, Areva To Build 1...
Brazil, known as a leader in the bioenergy scene, continues to show its dominance in the industry with plans for a new cellulosic ethanol plant and a 150-MW woody biomass plant, the nation's largest.
- Germany?s Clean Electricity Costs Decline for First Time
German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.
- We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA?s ?Clean Power Plan?
Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an ?E? for effort so far. But effort without good outcomes doesn?t really count. Sadly, the EPA?s rule as proposed would create unin