Tagged with States

Explaining Variation in the Value of Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Using Internal Meta-analysis

US EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics / by Heather Klemick, Charles Griffiths, Dennis Guignet, Patrick Walsh http://yosemite.epa.gov/ee/epa/eed.nsf/WPNumber/2015-04 This study conducts a meta-analysis of the value of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay derived from separate hedonic property value estimates in 14 Maryland counties. The meta-analysis allows us to: 1) investigate heterogeneity of estimates of … Continue reading

Climate Change: the Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s Economy

Center for Energy and Climate Solutions / by Timothy Markle http://bit.ly/1Hl3Ixh The American Climate Prospectus addressed several key climate impacts over the coming century, including increases in heat-related mortality, increases in the amount of coastal property exposed to flooding, declines in labor productivity, increases in energy expenditures, and declines in agricultural output. In this paper, we … Continue reading

No Time to Waste: Effective Management of Oil and Gas Field Radioactive Waste

Western Organization of Resource Councils http://www.notimetowastereport.org/ [DeSmog Blog] The question of how to handle the toxic waste from fracking and other oil and gas activities is one of the most intractable issues confronting environmental regulators. Not only because of the sheer volume of waste generated nationwide, but also because some of the radioactive materials involved … Continue reading

Volkswagen Recall Plan for 2-liter Diesel Cars Submitted to the California Air Resources Board

California Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=772 [CARB Press Release] Today the Volkswagen Group of America (VW) submitted a recall plan to the California Air Resources Board responding to the violations described in ARB’s September 18, 2015 letter to VW concerning illegal defeat devices in their 2-liter diesel-powered vehicles, model years 2009-2015. This submission initiates a review … Continue reading

Hydrogen Permitting Guidebook

State of California, Office of Business Development http://business.ca.gov/Programs/Permits/HydrogenStationPermitting.aspx [Green Car Congress]  The California Governor’s Office of Business Development has published the first edition of a guidebook to help smooth the process of hydrogen station development. Aimed at station developers, permitting officials and AHJs, the guidebook provides insights and lessons captured from the past two years of … Continue reading

Solar Energy Development Impacts on Land Cover Change and Protected Areas

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Nov. 3, 2015, v112 n44, p13579–1358; http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1) by Rebecca R. Hernandez, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/112/44/13579.short Decisions determining the use of land for energy are of exigent concern as land scarcity, the need for ecosystem services, and demands for energy generation have concomitantly increased globally. Utility-scale solar energy (USSE) [i.e., … Continue reading

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