In 2008, President George W. Bush’s Department of Energy released a groundbreaking report that showed how the United States could reach 20% of total electric generation from wind power by the year 2030. Today, President Barack Obama’s Department of Energy has released an updated version of the “20% by 2030″ report released in 2008. The report, “Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States”, accounts for the success the wind industry has enjoyed over the past seven years, evaluates some continued barriers to expanded wind power opportunities, and outlines a path whereby every state in the country has a wind farm installed by the year 2050.
How do ratepayers usually know whether or not the electricity bills they pay are fair? In many states with monopoly investor-owned electric utilities, ratepayers typically have access to and can participate in the utility’s process for deciding what sources of energy to invest in. State regulators publicly review and approve a key utility document called [...]
This post, authored by Ilissa Ocko, originally appeared on Climate 411, a blog by Environmental Defense Fund, on November 4, 2014. You can view the original post here. This post concludes our blog series on the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, the other posts of which can be found here. It was released two days late for [...]
This guest post is written by Lisa Evans and was originally published on Earthjustice’s blog on July 31, 2014. You can access the original post here. Take a deep breath—but not too deep if you live near a coal ash dumpsite, because the air pollution from coal ash dust can be dangerous. Today, Physicians for [...]
A report released today by a non-profit watchdog group, Integrity Florida, concludes that hefty political contributions by the state’s biggest power companies and their army of lobbyists have helped advance the interest of the companies’ shareholders to the detriment of customers. The report finds that the power companies have contributed more than $18 million to [...]
A new report from the Arise Citizens’ Policy Project released March 1, “Public Utility Regulation Without the Public: The Alabama Public Service Commission and Alabama Power” [PDF] details ways Alabama’s utility regulatory system leaves customers paying some of the highest bills in the country and Alabama Power profiting far more than other utilities nationwide. According [...]
Today the Union of Concerned Scientists released an important new report entitled “Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing America’s Costliest Coal Plants”, which highlights the financial uncertainty of many coal plants around the nation. It turns out that the Southeast is home to a staggering number of inefficient and uneconomic coal plants. As of May 31, [...]
In June, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a groundbreaking new study showing that the United States could generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050 with commercially available technologies, while meeting electricity demand in every hour of the year and every region of the country.
A new study from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) finds that in many cases, the value of lost life from a coal plant’s pollution outweighs the value of the electricity that the plant produces. EIP looked at a large selection of coal plants from across the United States. Using conservative estimates, they determined that pollution [...]
Are you feeling impatient about the complex question of biogenic carbon? For those who care about biomass, forests, or the climate, four new papers are worth careful reading.