Tag Archives: Energy Policy

Decoupling Economy from Fossil Fuels California a World Leader

California is a world leader when it comes to forging a low-carbon green economy that decouples growth from fossil fuel use and energy intensity, according to the first international edition of Next10's Green Innovation Index.

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100 Percent Renewable Energy is Within Reach

The world can run on 100 percent renewable energy, sooner and cheaper than most think

There are no technological or economic reasons why we cannot completely replace fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy. In addition to curbing climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy also improves human health. Minimizing climate impacts and reducing health costs would generate trillions of dollars of cumulative savings. The idea that the world can be powered entirely by renewable energy is not …

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Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities’ Business Model?

Energy efficiency has disrupted the traditional business model for power generators

We live in an age of disruption. The word denotes an undesired consequence, as in climate disruption, but it often is a powerful, if still painful, force for positive change, growth and transformation. Research by Shakeb Afsah and Kendyl Salcito with the CO2 Scorecard Group, and Nicola Limodio, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics, have analyzed 40 years of end-use electricity data …

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The Fossil Fuel Industry has Reason to be Nervous

Shed a tear for the end of the fossil fuel age.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi Concerns about climate change, the demise of coal and the rise of renewable energy are making the fossil fuel industry nervous. While the fossil fuel industry initially dismissed the divestment movement, it’s size and scope give them reason to be fearful. The fossil fuel industry …

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Wind Energy Primary Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity in October

Wind energy provides more the two-thirds new generating capacity in the US for October 2014

More than two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity in October 2014 is from wind energy With the latest release of the Energy Infrastructure Update report by the Federal Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, wind energy emerged the leader in new U.S.  electrical generating capacity for October. Five new wind farms in Colorado, Kansas. Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came online last month, bringing 574 megawatts (MW) of new generating …

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EarthTalk: How the Rocky Mountain Institute Believes We Can Wean Ourselves from Fossil Fuels

Founded by Amory Lovins, the Rocky Mountain Institute researches and promotes plans to rapidly wean the U.S. and the world off of fossil fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How does the Rocky Mountain Institute think we can get off of oil and coal by 2050 and save money in the process? – James Greenville, Redding, CTColorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins …

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Abandoning Nuclear for Fossil Fuels Lays the Foundation for Runaway Climate Change

Nuclear energy is essential to avoid runaway climate change

The explosion of the Fukushima reactor in 2011 prompted many nations to abandon nuclear power and turn to fossil fuels to meet their energy requirements. On March 11 of this year, Japan marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and ultimately led to a global push away from nuclear power. As predicted a year after the Fukushima disaster, concerns about the dangers of nuclear power are laying the foundation for runaway …

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