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CEADIR Explores Linkages Between Mexico Clean Energy and Climate Change Goals

USAID’s CEADIR (Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience) recently organized and hosted an in-person and online discussion exploring ways Mexico can unlock its clean energy potential and realize its climate change mitigaton goals.

EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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New generating capacity in the US continues to outpace gas and other fossil fuels

New U.S. Capacity from Renewable Sources Far Outpace Natural Gas

The first quarter of 2016 is one of lopsided records. First there are the monthly temperature records, with February the most unusually warm on record followed by March, with yet a new record deviation. In the midst of these increasingly worrisome records is another, offering hope that the response to these changing climate patterns is underway. The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report…

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SCOTUS stay only a bump in the road for the Clean Power Plan as the trend away from dirty energy continues

Impact of Supreme Court Stay on Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued a stay in a 5-4 vote along idealogical lines halting progress on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a mainstay of president Obama’s national climate action plan designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The order briefly stated that the CPP is on hold until legal challenges to the rule have run…

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A big year for renewables. Two-thirds of new generating capacity from renewable energy

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. Of the 16,485 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity in 2015, 63.85 percent, nearly two-thirds, came from…

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Abandoned well of a different age: do falling oil prices signal the end of oil?

Falling Profits Augur the End of Oil

The profits of the big oil companies keep falling along with the price of a barrel of crude. In 2015, the profits of oil behemoths like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and BP tumbled. Together, these big four saw profits decline by an average of 65 percent last year. These falling margins have a cascade of impacts that are hastening the…

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Climate finance will lead to development of microgrids and distributed energy

COP21 Aftermath – How Climate Finance Can Support Development And Climate Objectives Through Renewable Microgrids

By Arnaud Henin The Paris climate negotiations have exceeded most expectations, concluding in an ambitious global agreement on limiting carbon emissions to restrain the impacts climate change. The agreement has several important aspects including a commitment from developed countries to a significant sum of $100 billion per year to support the transition of developing countries to a low-carbon development trajectory,…

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