Study: Using EVs Instead of Stationary Batteries Could Save Billions

energy storage

NRDC's Pamela MacDougall and Vignesh Gowrishankar report on new energy storage research that indicates that using EVs for grid storage instead of stationary batteries could save electricity customers billions of dollars. Our clean energy future will require more energy storage to help ensure the lights stay on when the sun isn’t shining or the … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

EV infrastructure

A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the … [Read more...]

A Bottom Up Network of Microgrids Takes Shape in Puerto Rico

microgrids in Puerto Rico

NRDC's Luis Martinez describes work by the organization and others shaping a network of microgrids in Puerto Rico, designed to make communities more energy resilient. Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest … [Read more...]

NRDC on Why Congress May Miss a Huge Clean Energy Boost in Tax Extenders

clean energy

NRDC's Elizabeth Noll and Arjun Krishnaswami argue that Congress should modify tax extenders legislation so that it fosters transformative technologies challenged by market-entry barriers, particularly those that create jobs, spur innovation, and drive down carbon emissions. Congress is poised to extend and expand energy tax credits that benefit … [Read more...]

Yes, the Grid Can Handle Electric Vehicles Just Fine: Report

electric vehicles

NRDC's Noah Garcia describes the latest utility research on how electric vehicles affect the electric grid -- and it's good news. “Clean up the grid. Electrify everything.” That’s a brief summary of what Southern California Edison and a growing number of U.S. electric utilities are aiming for to decarbonize the power and transportation … [Read more...]

Department of Energy Gets it Wrong on Energy Reliability

energy reliability

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

electrify all households

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

resiliency and climate

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%

RGGI

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

carbon adder

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...]