Tag Archives: climate change

Renewables Finally Get the Green Light

Projections are early, but pandemic should finally push green past coal The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its May 2020 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) this week, and it contains big news. Albeit an early projection, the government body found that this year—however permanently tainted—will be the first official year on record where renewable energy […]

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Can CPP Rollback Bring Coal Back?

EPA officially nixes CPP…and other news in utilities, renewable energy The Environmental Protection Agency, a branch designed to protect the natural human and animal habitats of Earth, has completed one of the more controversial moves in its history. The EPA finalized the rollback of the Clean Power Plan on June 19th. In replacement, the agency […]

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Climate Report

Contents shock public, arouse political scrutiny The U.S. released a federal climate report November 23, outlining detailed projections that racked the nerves of much of the country and planet. Those paying attention to renewable energy and climate change in recent years are likely aware of many of the statistics, but the report, which was backed […]

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Exit Accordingly

White House announces withdrawal from Paris Agreement  The Paris Climate Agreement was signed in December 2015 by 195 nations in an effort to collectively reduce global carbon emissions. The international target—of limiting the change of the earth’s average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)—would require approximately 80% “economywide decarbonization” goals to be met […]

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Conflicting NRGs

Company’s shake-up and identity crisis  Barry Smitherman, one of two newly appointed directors at NRG Energy, has called climate change “a hoax” in the past. He’s now in position to make major decisions for a company with significant renewable energy investments on hand. So goes the ideological crossroads facing the second largest power company in the […]

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Climatic Relief

Pruitt, Wyoming, and a temperature record highlight a wild Wednesday for all things climate-related  Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Woeful for some, promising for others, the byproducts of the most recent ‘Hump Day’ were certainly interesting for the energy world. Let’s begin at Mission Control, 8:00 AM: Two federal agencies—NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic […]

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2 Degrees of Separation

Paris Agreement goals looking lofty Even before the surprise result of the U.S. presidential election put a blanket of jeopardization over all renewable energy efforts to counter climate change, the numbers set by the Paris Climate Agreement may have been too ambitious. Greentech Media reported that the $44 trillion needed in investment to reach these numbers […]

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Frozen In Court

CPP appeals hearing on arguments finally takes place; questions remain The globe may be getting warmer, but any plans to combat that issue are essentially frozen. Tuesday was considered a moment of truth for the Clean Power Plan. The plan championed by the Obama administration has been through quite the roller coaster—including being stalled since February—and Tuesday marked the […]

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Utilities Losing Millennials

Major shift in usage percentages…what are possible solutions? Recent data recorded by Accenture Consulting indicates a major issue closing in on utilities providers: how will they keep the Millennial generation as part of their customer base? The demographic is disproportionately out of touch with utilities, in part because many of them are still living at home, and also […]

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Giving 100%

San Diego to go 100% renewable by 2035 Pencil in San Diego as the latest American city to adopt legislature that actively fights climate change and advocates renewable energy. As events such as the devastating wildfire in northern Alberta this past week force authorities and cabinets alike to deal with the effects of warmer temperatures […]

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