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US Power In 2018: The Good, The Better, & The Gassy

April 11th, 2019 | by NRDC

The first numbers on last year’s energy trends are in and there are two pieces of great news and one that should worry us: Solar and wind energy are thriving, coal-fired generation sunk to a four-decade low — but natural gas infrastructure is expanding


US Department Of Energy Catalyzes Clean Energy Innovation in All 50 States

April 1st, 2019 | by NRDC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made clean energy research and development (R&D) investments in every U.S. state over the past two years, sending more than $1.8 billion to the national laboratories and to hundreds of private-sector and academic researchers last year alone. Unfortunately, the Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal to slash the Energy Department’s budget next year. If enacted, this would have devastating impacts on American innovation


Beneficial Electrification: Plug In For The Greener Grid!

March 22nd, 2019 | by NRDC

“Beneficial electrification,” a new catchphrase in the energy world, refers to the growing recognition that using clean electricity to keep our homes and businesses running is cheaper, greener, and a smarter way to meet our energy needs


DOE Stalls Clean Energy R&D, Risking Jobs & US Competitiveness

December 31st, 2018 | by NRDC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) may be sitting on approximately $600 million in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) funding for clean energy research and development (R&D), despite clear and strong congressional guidance to invest public dollars in new technologies and innovation that will pave the way for America to be a leader in a clean energy future


EV Charging Rates For Commercial Electric Trucks, Buses, & Fast Chargers — Policies Forming

December 28th, 2018 | by NRDC

Charging an electric truck or bus at a fleet depot—or an electric car at an apartment, workplace, or a public fast-charging station—should be far cheaper than filling up on gasoline or diesel. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case at sites that receive electricity under utility rates designed for commercial buildings and industrial operations that don’t reflect the flexible nature of electric vehicle (EV) charging. To remedy this mismatch, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), two of the largest utilities in the nation, have developed an innovative suite of rates designed specifically for commercial EV charging, providing significant fuel cost savings to customers who charge EVs in a manner that supports the electric grid


Clean Energy Year In Review 2018: Reversing Trump Administration Rollbacks

December 24th, 2018 | by NRDC

Many of us learned in high school about Newton’s third law of physics: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. 2018 was a lesson in physics: the Trump administration’s furious assault on pollution protections has, in turn, catalyzed a powerful and growing movement that is pushing back against these misguided rollback attempts


Renewables Are The Cleanest & The Cheapest

December 14th, 2018 | by NRDC

Solar and wind energy are beating dirty fossil fuels and nuclear power in the marketplace. They are winning not because they are clean and necessary to combat carbon pollution, but because they are less expensive for power producers, companies, and customers


New Electric Home Study Is Biased, But It Does Show California Wants Clean Energy

April 30th, 2018 | by NRDC

New analysis released this week by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) seriously misrepresents the opportunity for affordable electric appliances to help reduce air pollution and climate-warming pollution from California’s buildings. However, the study’s findings also reveal a need for new policy and the deep commitment of Californians to clean and renewable sources of energy.


Moving Backward On Fuel Economy Standards Is A Bad Deal For America

February 1st, 2017 | by NRDC

U.S. automaker CEOs apparently lobbied President Trump to weaken strong fuel economy standards during a White House summit last week. But moving backward on fuel economy standards would be bad deal for America. It would not just threaten our health and energy security, but also jobs and investments in factories across the country.


US Clean Energy Jobs Surpass Fossil Fuel Jobs By 5 To 1

February 1st, 2017 | by NRDC

The recently published Department of Energy 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report shows that clean electricity jobs are no doubt the engine that drives America’s electric energy economy, outstripping the number of paychecks provided by the fossil fuel industry by at least five to one.


Energy Efficiency Is Growing Jobs & Fueling The Economy

December 19th, 2016 | by NRDC

2016 marks another year in a long string of significant gains for energy efficiency – making efficiency not only the most cost-effective way to meet our energy needs, avoid the need for more dirty power plants, and cut people’s utility bills -- but also to grow our economy and create jobs.



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