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High court hands FERC major victory in demand-response case

By Rod Kuckro and Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporters | Link to article   Federal electricity regulators scored a huge win yesterday when the Supreme Court upheld a controversial rule aimed at encouraging energy conservation in wholesale power markets through a practice known as demand response. In a 6-2 opinion (No. 14-840), the high court […]

Why 2015 may be remembered as a transformative year for how we get energy

by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post | Link to article   The United States is on track to shut down a record amount of coal-fired power plants in 2015. At the same time, it has installed a record amount of new solar energy capacity. The past year, in other words, hints at a historic transition […]

Paris pact: Only a first step

by DanJacobson, Capitol Weekly | Link to article As the pixels settle on the agreement reached at COP 21 — the United Nations’ effort to stave off the worst impacts of global warming by getting countries to limit the man made pollution that accelerates — there is a lot to learn and a roadmap of […]

Solar plant shines at the end of Tonopah’s tunnel

Henry Brean, Las Vegas Review-Journal | Link to article TONOPAH — After four years and almost $1 billion, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas delivered its first megawatts to the grid during a test run on Oct. 11. And when it finally happened, it happened at night. Site manager […]

Top 10 ways wind energy is a reliable and affordable Clean Power Plan solution

By Tom Vinson, Into the Wind (AWEA Blog) | Link to article Real-world data and recent studies show low-cost wind energy allows states and electric generators to affordably and reliably cut the most carbon. (Link to article)  

By 2020, Toyota plans to sell 30,000 fuel-cell cars a year, reach 94 mpg with Prius

Yesterday, Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter, posted this news regarding the Toyota environmental objectives released yesterday in Japan. Here is a brief excerpt: Toyota released a new corporate blueprint of environmental objectives yesterday in Japan, establishing lofty objectives to streamline production of its vehicles and at its plants and taper down its energy use by 2050. […]

Brown signs renewable energy bill

By David Siders, Sacramento Bee | Link to article One month after the oil industry and moderate Democrats in the Assembly dealt Gov. Jerry Brown a rare defeat on major climate legislation, the governor on Wednesday signed into law a less sweeping greenhouse gas reduction measure. Though the bill remains significant – requiring California to […]

U.S. and China aim to hit climate goals sooner than expected in some cities

By Christi Parsons and Chris Megerian, LA Times | Link to article U.S. and Chinese officials plan to unveil new, more ambitious carbon-emission rules for several Chinese cities and provinces, embracing a faster timeline than the sweeping targets President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinpeng set last year for reducing greenhouse gases over the next […]

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune | Link to article Snowmelt entering Big Creek’s hydroelectric powerhouses has slowed to a trickle. Reservoirs sit at their lowest levels ever. The 102-year-old central-California complex owned and operated by Southern California Edison lost 80 percent of its hydroelectric power this year, a direct result of a persistent […]