Tagged with States

Peak Demand Response Strategy

Navigant Consulting for Advanced Energy Economy (free download with registration) http://bit.ly/1iDkiwr [Energy Efficiency Markets] ,,,The report, prepared by Navigant Consulting, concluded that for every $1 spent on reducing peak demand, at least $2.62 can be saved by ratepayers in Illinois and $3.26 by ratepayers in Massachusetts. “In the case of Massachusetts, in the high-case scenario, total … Continue reading

Dangerous and Close: Fracking Near Pennsylvania’s Most Vulnerable Residents

Penn Environment | Frontier Group / by Elizabeth Ridlington, et al. http://bit.ly/1M8XQTn [Pittsburgh City Paper] A new report released this week warns that fracking is creeping closer to “vulnerable populations,” including school-aged children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. The PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center announced its report “Dangerous and Close,” which draws attention … Continue reading

The Baylands and Climate Change

San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Ecosystem Restoration Project http://baylandsgoals.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Baylands_Complete_Report.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req’d] The San Francisco Bay Area needs to speed up the pace of wetlands restoration in order to deal with rising sea levels from climate change, according to a report released yesterday… that recommended the preservation and restoration … Continue reading

ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts Of The Clean Power Plan: Final Rule Update

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) http://www.ercot.com/news/press_releases/show/76880 (Press Release) http://bit.ly/1GKpEfc (report) [Texas Energy Report] The state’s primarily grid operator said electric reliability could be jeopardized if 4,000 megawatts (MW) or more of coal generation shuts down too quickly under EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other federal rules. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released … Continue reading

Well Within Reach: How Texas Can Comply with and Benefit from the Clean Power Plan

Environmental Defense Fund https://www.edf.org/texas-clean-power …Texas is well-positioned to meet its U.S. Clean Power Plan targets, the national standards designed to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time ever. Largely based on data from Texas’ primary grid operator, EDF’s analysis demonstrates Texas will be 88% of the way toward compliance with the … Continue reading

Colorado Climate Plan: State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

State of Colorado http://bit.ly/1L9d636 [Denver Post] Gov. John Hickenlooper is facing sharp criticism for his approach to addressing climate change, particularly from environmental advocates who blast his administration’s new plan as “a hollow gesture” and “delusional.” …The energy sector’s response is more tame, but it is not offering praise either. The industry’s advocates question the science … Continue reading

Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan

Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, Division of Energy https://energy.mo.gov/energy/docs/Executive%20Summary_FINAL_10.05.2015.pdf [St. Louis Public Radio] …The recommendations are somewhat broad and are divided into five categories: Efficiency of Use Modifying the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act Improving the state’s water infrastructure Improving the state vehicle fleet Developing statewide building energy codes Utilizing Missouri’s property assessed Clean Energy Act, … Continue reading

USGS Further Downgrades Fracking Potential of Monterey Shale: Report

Assessment of Undiscovered Continuous Oil and Gas Resources in the Monterey Formation, San Joaquin Basin Province, California, 2015 US Geological Survey http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/fs20153058 [report] http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4352#.VhU_xiuMhps [press release] [AP] A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California’s vast Monterey Shale oil deposits. The study is the latest to lower a 2011 federal … Continue reading

Averting Disaster: Action Now for the Salton Sea

Little Hoover Commission http://www.lhc.ca.gov/studies/228/Report228.pdf [Patch.com] California state watchdog says the state government should move immediately to prevent an economic and environmental disaster caused by the decline of the Salton Sea. The Little Hoover Commission, in a report titled “Averting Disaster: Action Now for the Salton Sea,” called on the state to fund restoration projects from the … Continue reading