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The Mystery of the Missing Methane

Last week, Energy Innovation released its latest paper, “The Mystery of the Missing Methane,” which urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve its data collection and analysis of methane emissions. The paper’s author, Energy Innovation’s Director of Research Chris Busch, describes the significant gap in information on both the amount and sources of U.S. […]

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APP’s Latest Paper Released at the Western Interstate Energy Board Meeting

As innovation continues to redefine America’s power sector, century-old regulatory models are no longer serving advanced utilities or their customers. Performance-based ratemaking could be a game-changing solution for the utility industry. America’s Power Plan has a terrific new paper that analyzes performance-based ratemaking, showing how it can provide new revenue streams to utilities in a […]

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Renewables Plus Storage Point Toward a Clean Electricity Future

Technological innovation and declining cost curves have allowed wind and solar power to become increasingly more competitive with fossil-fuel generation in recent years. However, in the past, there hasn’t been a cost-effective way to store the electricity being generated during the sunniest and windiest portions of the day. Thus, customers are still reliant on the […]

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Energy Innovation Outlines Policy Upgrades for a Carbon-Free California

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This week, Energy Innovation released a paper outlining recommended policy upgrades for California’s climate and energy policy. The paper, titled “Carbon-Free Prosperity in California: Policies for Success,” was written by Energy Innovation’s CEO, Hal Harvey, and Director of Research, Chris Busch.

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Winter Olympics Threatened by Climate Change

Sochi Olympic Rings

This year’s winter Olympics may unfortunately be one of the greatest opportunities to show a global audience the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The average February temperature in Sochi has been around 50 degrees F, making these Games easily the warmest winter Olympics to date. Temperatures on some days have even crept into the 60s, […]

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The Green Bank Movement Gains Momentum

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Revolutionary clean energy technologies often make headlines, but the nuts and bolts of supporting the scale-up of new technologies typically take a backseat. However, the emergence of new clean energy finance tools has begun to gain media, as well as political, attention. One such tool is the clean energy finance authority, also known as a […]

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America’s Climate Change Attitudes and Behavior, 2013 and Beyond

In November 2013, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication published a report on Americans’ sentiments regarding climate change. “Climate Change in the American Mind” reports how beliefs, emotions, and perceptions of global warming have changed over the last several years. It reveals that, since 2008, Americans have become less interested in climate change, less […]

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A Review of 2013′s Record-Breaking Moments in Climate and Energy

Floating Offshore Wind

2013 marks a year of countless climate and energy-related records for the United States. The release of the Fifth IPCC Assessment report this year noted that, for the first time, scientists are virtually certain (99-100% confident) that humans have caused warming in the global climate system. Human-induced alterations to the climate have resulted in many […]

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Coal Power Losing Cost Competitiveness

Coal Retirement Map

A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reveals that as much as 17 percent of existing coal-fired power in the United States is no longer cost-effective compared to existing natural gas. This adds up to 329 coal units, equal to 59 gigawatts (GW) of electricity-generating capacity that are considered economically uncompetitive (or […]

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Major U.S. Companies Factor Carbon Pricing into Future Business Strategy

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A recent report from CDP highlights 29 companies that are adjusting their business strategies to integrate the possibility of a future government-mandated price on carbon. More than half of the companies disclosed in this report come from the energy or utilities sectors, though companies from other sectors (including financial, consumer staples, information technology, etc.) are […]

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