Will energy efficiency be bigger than rooftop solar in the Southeast?

It’s easy to spot a solar home, but efficient homes are well camouflaged. So its no surprise that media and public opinion are focused on solar, particularly rooftop solar. But for our electric companies – and the many people who pay attention to them – a good question to ask is what will be the [...]

Labor and the Clean Power Plan: More Jobs, More Justice

The final Clean Power Plan is structured to create thousands more new jobs in clean energy and energy efficiency, with incentives to create good jobs in vulnerable communities. It recommends robust standards to ensure that the new jobs lead to quality careers. The Clean Power Plan and related initiatives also contain vital protections for coal workers and communities. The EPA and DOE have both acted to help ensure that unions, affected workers, and their communities will be treated as stakeholders whose views are heard and reflected in the state processes to create implementation plans. What’s more, the plan addresses concerns from affected unions about ensuring our power system is reliable, the timeline for compliance, and emissions reduction credits for manufacturing processes such as combined heat and power.

EPA Finalizes Power Plant Water Intake Rules To Save Billions Of Aquatic Animals Every Year

This guest piece was written by Ari Phillips and originally published on ThinkProgress’ Climate section on May 20, 2014. On Monday [May 19, 2014], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards to try to protect the estimated 2.1 billion fish, crabs, and shrimp that are killed annually by being drawn into cooling water systems at large [...]

Alabama Wind Farm Foes Plagiarize Loser Lawsuit

To kill the Alabama’s first two wind farms, a small number of local residents is suing Pioneer Green Energy through two separate but very similar lawsuits. While these foes exhibit just about every tell-tale sign of wind farm opposition, they now appear to be borrowing a tactic from high school: plagiarism. Indeed, the lawsuit (which is available online here) mirrors a 2005 lawsuit from Texas where a small number of residents there sued to block a wind farm (text of that lawsuit is available here). By 2008, that Texas lawsuit proved to be a losing strategy on four separate occasions – in front of a trial judge, a trial by jury, by an appeals court and by the Texas Supreme Court through its refusal to reject the lower courts’ decisions. Just like in high school, the consequence of plagiarism is failure and history suggests the plagiarized Alabama lawsuits won’t make the grade.

Are electric vehicles REAL cars?

This blog is part of a series on electric vehicles. Other blogs in this series include: “Ecotality Blinks Out, But EVs Still Going,” ” Electric Vehicle Range – Problem Solved,” and more yet to come. Anne Blair, our Clean Fuels Director, contributed to this post. Please follow her at the EV & Hybrid Technology conference [...]

New Study: Energy Choices Today Affect Water Availability Tomorrow

Today, the Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative (EW3), a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team of independent experts, released their second major report, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a Warming World. This study examined various pathways by which the power industry could choose to generate electricity [...]