Department of Energy Gets it Wrong on Energy Reliability

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NRDC's Elizabeth Noll says that the Department of Energy is heading down the wrong path when it comes to energy reliability. Most power outages occur because of transmission and distribution failure. They are not due to lack of power supply. So more coal and nuclear generation will not make the U.S. grid more reliable.  There are three key … [Read more...]

India Aims to Electrify All Households by End of 2018

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NRDC's Anjali Jaiswal and Nehmat Kaur describe India's new goal to electrify all households by the end of next year, an effort that covers 30 million homes. Scaling-up India’s ambition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new program, Saubhagya Yojna, to electrify all rural and urban households by December 2018. The new program aims to … [Read more...]

Severe Storms Refocus City Leaders on Resiliency and Climate

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NRDC's Shelley Poticha describes a heightened focus on resiliency and climate by U.S. mayors following recent hurricanes in North America. Tough talk about meeting the challenges of climate change abounded among city leaders at a C40 event marking Climate Week NYC last week, with city leaders staking a claim as first responders in the face … [Read more...]

RGGI Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Another 30%

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NRDC's Bruce Ho and Jackson Morris provide details on a plan to further reduce carbon emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state cap and trade program. A bipartisan coalition of nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states today  (8/23/2017) agreed to a bold plan to cut power plant pollution by at least another 30 … [Read more...]

A Carbon Adder for New York? Here’s What You Need to Know

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NRDC's Jackson Morris explains why New York is exploring a carbon adder to meet climate goals and how it would work. Imagine what would happen if the utilities buying the electricity to power our homes and businesses had to pay more for it depending on how much carbon pollution the power plants supplying the power pumped into the atmosphere? … [Read more...]

Small Power, Big Grid: NRDC Series on Distributed Energy and Transmission

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NRDC's Allison Clements looks at the relationship between distributed energy and transmission in this excerpt from her blog series on the topic. Clements says that a huge opportunity exists in the U.S. to save money and reduce emissions by capturing distributed energy in regional load forecasting. To ensure reliable and affordable service to … [Read more...]

Good News for Microgrids from California Climate Bills

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California's passage of two aggressive climate bills offers good news for microgrids, since they can act as levers to help the state reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Once again, the state has led the climate change battle, this time with last week's passage by the state legislature of the two bills, SB 32 and AB 197. The bills aim to reduce … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Communities: NY’s New Program Helps Localities Lead the Way

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New York has launched a new Clean Energy Communities program that offers technical guidance and funds to help localities become more sustainable. NRDC's Donna DeCostanzo offers details. New York’s counties, cities, towns and villages now have additional support when it comes to advancing clean energy and combating climate change at home. It … [Read more...]

Future Microgrids: How New York Can Drive the Electric Vehicle Market

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Depictions of future microgrids often include fleets of electric vehicles. What will it take to bring about this future? NRDC's Luke Tonachel and Miles Farmer describe how New York, a microgrid leader, can become an EV leader as well. Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the … [Read more...]

Community Energy Storage Storage for Cleaner, Lower-Cost Electricity

More and more utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others are working to develop energy storage in households and businesses that can help make the electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. And many of these are eager to share their experiences and insights, as shown by the enthusiastic response to the “Community Storage Initiative,” which has … [Read more...]