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Intersolar 2016

Intersolar 2016 Wrap (Part 1)

TDS Environmental Media was at Intersolar 2016 North America last week, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Spending time at Intersolar and speaking with leaders in the industry provides us with an up close and personal view of the solar power industry, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that have been in the business since the beginning. Advances in…

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Is nuclear power safe? The chances of a catastrophic failure is low, but when they do happen the consequences are dire

Is Nuclear Power Safe for the Environment?

One of the first questions on everyone’s lips, when the conversation turns to nuclear power, is what are the advantages and disadvantages and how safe is it. Various media and information channels provide conflicting, sensationalised information depending on their core values. Depending on your point of view, nuclear reactors could be seen as one of, if not the most environmentally…

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Renewable energy generation smashes through records for the first quarter of 2016

Waiting in the Wings: U.S. Generation from Renewable Energy Sets First Quarter Record

Renewable energy sources provide almost 17 percent of total electricity generation Non-hydro renewable generation up 23 percent over 1st quarter 2015 Wind and solar energy generation increase 32 percent Wind surpasses six percent of total; solar tops one percent Coal-fired power generation plunges 24.2 percent The latest Electric Power Monthly report released late last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals…

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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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The green datacenter revolution is key to reducing carbon emissions

How the Green Datacenter Revolution Affects Your Website

What increasingly energy efficient datacenter design can mean for you When you hire a company to host your website, you’re basically paying that company to arrange for the code to your website to made available to computers around the world, 24/7/365.  That company may store and run that code on its own computer or rent that computer space from another…

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High Debt Levels Put $8.9 Billion of New Shale Oil and Gas Investments At Risk

Besides low prices, falling output and actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, investors face another serious threat: the high levels of debt taken on by shale oil and gas producers. The risk of default is higher among smaller U.S. shale oil and gas producers, according to a new study from Carbon Tracker Initiative.