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Slow Progress Towards Low Carbon Society

Slow Progress Towards Low Carbon Society

Despite anticipated increases in renewable power generation in coming years, global progress towards a low-carbon energy system will remain slow, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan. According to the report, coal-based generation will decline rapidly in North America and Europe post-2020 and gas-fired power generation is expected to … Read more »

Study: EU Can Cut Carbon by Nearly Half

Study: EU Can Cut Carbon by Nearly Half

The European Union can achieve carbon reductions of 49 percent by 2030 – far more than the current proposed target of 40 percent – by cutting its dependency on natural gas imports and increasing cost-effective investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to an analysis released yesterday by Ecofys. … Read more »

Inspector General: EPA Met or Exceeded Most Internal Climate Change Goals

The EPA adhered to most climate change requirements for federal agencies and in some cases exceeded its goals and requirements related to water use, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy, according to the Office of the Inspector General. The EPA was one of only three agencies out of 25 reporting … Read more »

ACEEE to EPA: Add Building Codes to Clean Power Plan

Building codes should be a part of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and omitting them means missing an opportunity for substantial energy savings, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fired electric-generating … Read more »

Report Predicts Cities’ Reaction to Climate Change

A report by the engineering and design consultancy Arup projects how cities around the world will change in response to climate change, resource scarcity and increasing urban flooding. Cities Alive predicts that technology and nature will work together seamlessly to create cities that are an integrated network of intelligent green … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Drops Study, Groups Sue Over Smog

The EPA yesterday dropped plans to further study the effect of natural gas drilling on a Wyoming aquifer. A draft agency report in late 2011 found that hydraulic fracturing fluid had likely contaminated groundwater, a finding that prompted an industry backlash. Following several delays, the EPA now says it will … Read more »

Walmart Will Increase Use of Renewables 600% Over 2010 Levels

Unveiled at Walmart’s Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, the company committed to achieving the following by Dec. 31, 2020: Drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy globally every year, a 600 percent increase over 2010 levels; Reduce the kWh per square foot energy intensity required to … Read more »

North Carolina Legislators Move Against Renewable Energy

In North Carolina, a house panel began the process of repealing a law that requires state electric utilities to generate a certain amount of power from renewable energy. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard law was originally passed in 2007 and has garnered praise for North Carolina as … Read more »

Regency Centers Ups Annual Energy Savings 75%, Triples Recycled Materials

Regency Centers, a grocery-anchored shopping center chain, has increased its annual energy savings by 75 percent, achieved LEED certification for three projects and tripled the amount of construction and demolition material recycled in 2012. These sustainability improvements are part of the company’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of developing … Read more »

Opposition Grows to San Francisco’s Green Energy Plans

Electricity rates for about 90,000 San Francisco ratepayers could almost double if the San Francisco Board of Supervisors goes forward with a deal for Shell Oil to provide 100 percent renewable energy for the city, according to NBC Bay Area. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has strongly criticized … Read more »

EU Cancels Carbon Auction, Prices Drop

The European Union canceled an auction of carbon permits for the first time, causing prices to drop to their second-lowest close on record. The auction was canceled because bids failed to reach a secret reserve price, reported Bloomberg News. The price would have cleared “significantly” below the prevailing market rate, … Read more »