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Where Is Climate Change in Energy Debate?

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By Carol Pierson Holding

Last week’s Presidential debate was supposed to showcase the differences between President Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney. But between Romney’s radical move to the center and Obama’s lackluster performance, the two seemed to agree more than they disagreed.

U.S. Power Plant Emissions Report Reflects Industry’s Transition to Cleaner Energy

Latest data on top 100 power producers show declining SO2, NOx and CO2 emissions and increasing use of energy efficiency and renewables
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(3BL Media) Boston, MA – July 31, 2012 – A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the top 100 power producers demonstrates the impact of the electric power industry’s current transition to cleaner energy sources.

Environmental Journalist Jeff Goodell on Politics, Policy & Coal

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Journalist Jeff Goodell speaks with Alex Wise about his recent Rolling Stone piece on 10 things the White House should do for the environment.

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Journalist Jeff Goodell speaks with Alex Wise about his recent Rolling Stone piece on 10 things the White House should do for the environment.

Richard Heinberg: A Post-Carbon Conversation

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Author Richard Heinberg talks about the policies and conditions that need to be in place for our species to evolve in the face of ballooning population, dwindling resources and global climate change.

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Author Richard Heinberg talks about the policies and conditions that need to be in place for our species to evolve in the face of ballooning population, dwindling resources and global climate change.

Integrating Renewable Energy into China’s Electrical Grid

The Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) addresses the challenges to adding wind generation to China's coal-powered grid
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Center for Resource Solutions and the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) is addressing the biggest challenges to wind integration in China, including revising grid codes, improving wind forecasting, increasing the size of balancing areas, and improving Grid and Generator Flexibility in dealing with intermittent sources.

 

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Center for Resource Solutions and the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) is addressing the biggest challenges to wind integration in China, including revising grid codes, improving wind forecasting, increasing the size of balancing areas, and improving Grid and Generator Flexibility in dealing with intermittent sources.

 

It's the Prius of Power Plants -- a Solar/Fossil Fuel Hybrid

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Don’t you hate it when your power goes out? Truth be told, we hate it too. It makes customers unhappy, and I’ve never worked at a company where Customer Satisfaction is tracked so closely and given such a high priority on the corporate scorecard.

To ensure that we provide reliable power at a reasonable cost, our power generation mix includes coal-fired power plants because they produce steady, reliable “baseload” energy that’s not susceptible to the unpredictable nature of – well, nature. But they have their drawbacks.

Reading the Wind = Using Less Coal

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Have you ever been on a sailboat when the wind kicked up and a big gust tossed you into the water? (Not that I have, of course. My friend maintains that he is an “expert captain.”) Or have you experienced the wind dying down and it’s like you’re going nowhere fast? (He’ll deny that one too.) Wind has a similar effect on the power grid – but if you know when the gusts are coming, you can adjust accordingly.

Greenwashing in the Oil Industry? Say It's Not True . . .

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In the past two weeks, there has been a lot of press about Chevron’s announcement that that it will sell all four of its US coal mines by the end of the year. The company says it is getting out of coal because the technology for converting coal to liquid won’t be available for another 10-15 years, and that even then technology might not be viable, and that the company will focus on “other operations.” In other words, it’s purely a business decision.

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In the past two weeks, there has been a lot of press about Chevron’s announcement that that it will sell all four of its US coal mines by the end of the year. The company says it is getting out of coal because the technology for converting coal to liquid won’t be available for another 10-15 years, and that even then technology might not be viable, and that the company will focus on “other operations.” In other words, it’s purely a business decision.

A Tale of Two Ports - The Role of Shipping in Mitigating Climate Change

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The Port of Seattle has worked hard to shrink its carbon footprint, implementing energy saving measures and programs to encourage environmentally friendly practices by visiting ships. But just down the Washington coast, a port in Longview has proposed a plan that would make it the export hub of dirty coal bound for China. What does this mean for our global environment and what kind of precedent would it set for future pollution exporters?

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The Port of Seattle has worked hard to shrink its carbon footprint, implementing energy saving measures and programs to encourage environmentally friendly practices by visiting ships. But just down the Washington coast, a port in Longview has proposed a plan that would make it the export hub of dirty coal bound for China. What does this mean for our global environment and what kind of precedent would it set for future pollution exporters?

Fly Ash in Building Products: Proceed with Precaution

by Bill Walsh, Executive Director, Healthy Building Network
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On September 1, 2010, Environmental Building News (EBN) announced it would "no longer consider the use of fly ash in products or materials to be an environmental attribute when doing so does not offset greenhouse gas emissions." EBN continues to support the use fly ash as a substitute for portland cement in concrete.

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