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India Plans to Shift Away From Coal

Posted 05.16.2017 in News by Editor

In October 2015, India unveiled a plan to cut carbon emissions by 33 - 35% from 2005 levels by 2030. They were the last major country to submit their long-term emissions-reductions plans before the start of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December.

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California EV Incentives Changing

Posted 09.05.2016 in News by Editor

In January, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program announced new income based caps for high-income buyers as well as increased incentives for lower-income buyers. The new rules are expected to go into effect in March. In January, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program announced new income based caps for high-income buyers as well as increased incentives for lower-income buyers. The new rules are expected to go into effect in March.

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Coal Plants Closing at Faster Rate Than Predicted

Posted 09.05.2016 in News by Editor

When Sierra Club launched its “Beyond Coal” campaign in 2010, there were 523 coal-fired electricity generating plants in the U.S. To date, 222 of those coal plants have been closed. The group has also been instrumental in stopping the development of many new coal-fired plants. This is significant to environmental policy proponents because burning coal is responsible for one third of U.S. carbon emissions, which is a primary cause of climate change.

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Solar Investment Tax Credits Extended

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

The new U.S. budget agreement, approved in December 2015, renews incentives for solar and wind power that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2015. The bill, which includes a solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension, allows purchasers of solar power systems to continue to obtain 30% of the price of a solar array as a federal tax credit. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial installations and will be good through 2019. After that, the credit will taper off, declining to 10% in 2022 where it will remain.

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Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are studying the chemical makeup of brown haze

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

In an ongoing effort to better understand the serious health consequences associated with brown haze, ranging from mild eye and respiratory irritation to asthma and deadly pulmonary diseases such as lung cancer, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are studying the chemical makeup of the smog that hovers over cities on sunny days. This haze, known as atmospheric brown carbon (BrC), has been linked to climate change because it acts as a warming blanket, absorbing sunlight and trapping surface heat.

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More new electric power will come from renewables than gas by 2016 says IEA

Posted 03.06.2015 in News by Editor

Solar and wind power continue to get cheaper. In its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, the International Energy Agency predicts that more new electricity will be produced from renewables than from natural gas by 2016. "Renewables are now the fastest-growing power generation sector and will make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, up from an estimated 20% in 2011. The share of non-hydro sources such as wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal in total power generation will double, reaching 8% by 2018, up from 4% in 2011 and just 2% in 2006."

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