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The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World.

Kendra Pierre-Louis, The New York Times Summary More than crickets and fireflies, more than baseball and cookouts, perhaps nothing signals the arrival of summer in the United States like the soft familiar whir of air-conditioning. But there is growing concern that as other countries adopt...


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New Jersey to rejoin RGGI in new executive order

Peter Maloney, Utility Dive Summary New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed an executive order directing the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap and trade emissions program that includes nine Northeastern states. The executive order directs the state’s...


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Final APS Regulation Filed with Secretary of Commonwealth

Judith Judson, Department of Energy Resources Earlier today, December 15, 2017, the Department of Energy Resources (“Department”) filed its proposed final version of the 225 CMR 16.00 Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard regulation with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office. The...


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Chatterjee: FERC Will Move Ahead with Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

Power Engineering Summary Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said the agency will move forward with plans to subsidize coal and nuclear plants even though two newly-named commissioners are yet to be sworn in. Speaking at an Energy Podium event sponsored by...


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Senator Shaheen reintroduces energy efficiency act, supporting heat recovery technologies

Summary On August 3rd, Senator Shaheen took efforts to encourage increased deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) systems by reintroducing the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act. The act, S.1711, focuses on three challenges. One, it would...

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Senators Cantwell and Murkowski Introduce Broad, Bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Bill

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, June 29, 2017 Summary Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Chairman of the committee Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), this week introduced S. 1460, the ...


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Bloomberg Announces Smart City Certification

Mary Tyler March, Smart Cities Dive April 5, 2017 Summary The Bloomberg initiative comes amid increased investment in gathering data from cities in real time to inform future design and planning decisions. In September 2016, the Obama administration announced plans to invest $80 million in...

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Government overhaul of biomass auction rules sparks controversy

Madeleine Cuff, Business Green Summary New rules to limit the cash available for biomass projects in upcoming government clean energy auctions have been slammed by the industry, which warns curbing biomass growth will "make it harder and more expensive" to ease coal power off the UK grid. But...


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BTCE asks Senate to expand CWEIP in 2018 Farm Bill

Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine Summary More than 30 organizations, including the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Alliance for Green Heat and Pellet Fuels Institute, sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Aug. 17 urging the Senate to expand the Community Wood Energy and...


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Merkel Allies Pressure Her to Keep Coal Plants Running

Brian Parkin and William Wilkes, Bloomberg Summary Germany’s states are upping pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to keep coal-fired power for as long as 30 years as the nation approaches a deadline for setting an exit date from the fossil fuel. Merkel’s administration is committed to...