Mayor De Blasio’s Sustainability Plan for New York

One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City OneNewYork http://www1.nyc.gov/html/onenyc/index.html [website] http://on.nyc.gov/1OeZYjn [pdf] [From Press Release] …Today, New York City faces a number of challenges, including a rapidly growing population, rising inequality, an aging infrastructure, and climate change. OneNYC lays out a series of specific targets and initiatives to prepare New York … Continue reading

Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21725/overcoming-barriers-to-deployment-of-plug-in-electric-vehicles In the past few years, interest in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown. Advances in battery and other technologies, new federal standards for carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel economy, state zero-emission-vehicle requirements, and the current administration’s goal of putting millions of alternative-fuel vehicles on the road have all highlighted PEVs as a … Continue reading

Clean Jobs Missouri: Sizing Up Missouri’s Clean Jobs Base and Its Potential

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) | MEI (the Missouri Energy Initiative) http://cleanenergyworksforus.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/FINAL.LR_.MissouriJobsReport_15014.pdf [Kansas City Star] …A new report from E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and MEI (the Missouri Energy Initiative) shows that nearly 40,000 people in more than 4,400 establishments in the state are employed in green sectors of the economy. “This number is roughly double Iowa’s clean energy and … Continue reading

USGS Releases Map of Regions Experiencing Human-induced Earthquakes, mostly sparked by Oil and Gas Activity

Incorporating Induced Seismicity in the 2014 United States National Seismic Hazard Model—Results of 2014 Workshop and Sensitivity Studies US Geological Survey / by Mark D. Petersen, et al. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2015/1070/ [New York Times]  In its first comprehensive assessment of earthquakes believed to be caused by human activity, the United States Geological Survey released a map on … Continue reading

An Overview of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas: Resources and Federal Actions

Congressional Budget Office http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43148.pdf The United States has seen resurgence in petroleum production, mainly driven by technology improvements—especially hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling—developed for natural gas production from shale formations. Application of these technologies enabled natural gas to be economically produced from shale and other unconventional formations and contributed to the United States becoming the … Continue reading

Untapped Potential: Reducing Global Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Systems

Rhodium Group | Environmental Defense Fund http://rhg.com/reports/untapped-potential Based on the best currently available data, around 3.6 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas escaped into the  atmosphere in 2012 from global oil and gas operations.  This wasted gas translates into roughly $30 billion of lost  revenue at average 2012 delivered prices, and about 3% of … Continue reading

The State and Utility Pollution Reduction (SUPR) Calculator

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy / by Rachel Young and Sara Hayes http://aceee.org/research-report/e1501 EPA’s Clean Power Plan allows states to pick from many pollution-reducing technologies and policies—including energy efficiency—when designing their compliance plans. What are the costs and emissions benefits of these various compliance options? ACEEE has developed the State and Utility Pollution … Continue reading