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Think Biking or Walking to Work Would Take Too Long? Think Again

Barely 3 percent of the American work force bikes or walks to work with any frequency, despite the obvious virtues: decreased risks for obesity and diabetes, environmental benefits and lower transportation costs. Ask people why they eschew what’s known as active commuting, as many surveys have, and …

Penn State

Tariffs On Canadian Newsprint Choke Already Troubled American Papers

It's no secret that the Internet has been hammering newspapers. Ad sales and subscriptions have been falling for years. Now, there's a new problem — the actual paper newspapers are printed on just got much more expensive.<p>Since the first of the year, the Commerce Department has imposed steep tariffs …

Journalism

Why slowing ocean could bring harsher winters, rising seas

In the 2004 blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow," the world faced a doomsday scenario: Global warming was causing the Earth's mighty ocean currents to shut down, bringing about a new ice age.<p>The apocalyptic plot was something cooked up by Hollywood, but its origins are steeped in reality — and it's …

Global Warming

Harsher winters and rising seas: Study finds slowing ocean could mean climate extremes

A new study in the journal Nature finds that ocean currents in the Atlantic are slowing — and that would spell trouble for the East Coast and other areas.<p>In the 2004 blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow," the world faced a doomsday scenario: Global warming was causing the Earth's mighty ocean …

Global Warming

Hidden plastics: just when you thought it was safe to dunk a teabag

Coffee cups<p>Last Tuesday, Waitrose announced plans to remove all disposable coffee cups from their stores by autumn of this year – customers will have to bring a reusable one of their own. Despite their cardboard appearance, coffee cups are actually lined with polyethylene and are hard to recycle. …

Pollution

Shipping to halve carbon footprint by 2050 under first sector-wide climate strategy

<b>Global shipping must at least halve its emissions by 2050, under a hard-fought international deal that for the first time sets the sector on course</b> …

Climate

The Paradox of Electricity Deregulation

You might think that deregulation means sweeping away regulations, which ought to make the law much simpler. But the opposite is true in the …

Commodities

PJM Files Capacity Market Proposals on Generator Subsidies

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.,April 9, 2018/PRNewswire/ --PJM Interconnectiontoday requested theFederal Energy Regulatory Commissionto determine how the …

New Jersey

Energize the people to effect policy change

OUTLOOK<p>Community power projects in Denmark and Germany have inspired politicians worldwide but have failed to translate to other countries. Sometimes …

Renewable Energy

Reduce, Reuse, Rethink: Remaking Recycling - 1A

From its first spread in the 1970’s to today, municipal recycling has been a huge success in the United States. This is a recycling nation, and many …

Sustainability

Solar power’s greatest challenge was discovered 10 years ago. It looks like a duck.

A researcher discusses the “duck curve” he helped discover.<p>Back in 2008, a group of researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) noticed a funny-looking shape in their modeling.<p>They were starting to take solar photovoltaic (PV) panels seriously, running projections of what might …

Renewable Energy

Expanding the Energy Imbalance Market Is the Right Way to Regionalize California’s Grid

To meet its ambitious renewable energy goals, California needs to make its energy system more flexible.In a previous article, we touched on how this …

Renewable Energy

A Cycling Cruise Will Change the Way You Experience Europe

Photo by Brenda Ernst<p>The AmaViola, our luxurious home for eight cycling-filled days.<p>A cruise skeptic changes her tune after a voyage down the …

Learn to love power lines through technology, advocates say

The 160,000 miles of high-voltage power lines in the United States may be the most objectionable and the most ignored parts of the electric power …

Demonstration

Co-op, muni, clean energy groups target capacity reforms in FERC letter

Dive Brief:• A coalition of groups representing utilities, renewable energy providers and environmentalists sent a letter to the Federal Energy …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

'Mr Energiewende' quits German government in protest at coalition deal

<b>Germany’s energy state secretary Rainer Baake has quit after four years in charge of the country’s flagship Energiewende policy.</b><p>Baake made his stand …

Germany's New Coalition Government Agrees to Phase Out Coal, but Not by 2020 Target

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) members agreed to join their longtime rival and governing partner, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and …

Kosovo blamed for slowing down Europe's electricity

Twenty-five European countries have been suffering from "slow electricity" since January, so if you had wondered why you kept needing to adjust your clock radio, or the time display on your electric oven, then be baffled no longer. Media reports suggest it is all Kosovo and Serbia's fault.<p>Supply …

Shayle's (Seasonal) Newsletter, Volume 4

Of course, the RMI study is only looking at one tool in the renewable integration toolbox, and demand flexibility can't be expected to do all the …

Markets for low carbon, low cost electricity systems (working paper) - CPI

Today we are publishing a working paper on the future design of the energy market as part of a program that follows on from analysis for the Energy …

How Low Can You Go? VG and Minimum Generation Problem

There’s probably a hundred things to get “right” when performing simulations of VG integration. From transmission to reserve requirements to …

'Here and Now' — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and Solar - Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

California, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, South Australia, Spain, Tamil Nadu, Texas, and Uruguay; Breakneck Speed Is Overtaking Academic Discussion; …

Carmakers mull over diesel's demise at Geneva auto show

The accelerating demise of diesel, long used by carmakers to boost fuel-efficiency, is undermining their plans to meet looming European Union CO2 goals, and avoid big annual fines.<p>That is just one issue executives gathered at the Geneva auto show are grappling with. They are faced with unpalatable …

How Germany’s diesel ban could just export its deadly pollution to eastern Europe

Germany’s diesel ban could see its deadly air pollution problem exported to Romania, Bulgaria and other eastern European countries, experts fear.<p>A court last week gave German cities the green light to stop the most-polluting diesel vehicles from using its roads.<p>Hamburg said it would begin …

My Life In the Elusive Green Economy

The renewable future is here—if you can find a plug.<p><b>The earth is excellent. It’s the only planet with</b> Netflix, Coca-Cola and my kids. I worry about how we’re broiling it with greenhouse gases, how its ice caps are melting and its coral reefs are dying. I’m freaked out that we’re damaging its …

Electric Vehicles

California ISO proposes more granularity in day-ahead market

Dive Brief:<p>The California ISO has published a straw proposal for changes in the day-ahead market to ensure reliability, reduce carbon emissions and …

Here's Why Environmentalists Are Cheering The Latest Burger At Sonic Drive-In

It's a long way, metaphorically speaking, from the campus of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., to the Sonic Drive-In burger joints that line America's highways and small towns, particularly in the South.<p>Come Monday, though, two new items on Sonic's menu will make that leap. …

Sonic Drive-In

How Low Can Conventional Generators Go?

NREL Explains Why Minimum Generation Is Key to Maximum Renewable Integration<p>February 22, 2018<p>A new article in the journal <i>Energy Policy</i> illustrates …

Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald's New Vegan Burger (We Did)

When McDonald's recently announced the introduction of a vegan burger in Sweden and Finland, Twitter responded with a mix of earnest enthusiasm (@themodvegan: "So exciting- I hope we're next"), a little disgust (@JenaRoberta: "why would a vegan ever...support a company that sells millions of dead …

McDonald's

How German Energiewende's Renewables Integration Points the Way | Regulatory Assistance Project

​The power sector’s shift from large, inflexible generation to smaller, more dispersed variable renewable resources has triggered a debate among some …