Tagged with States

Economic Effects of Distributed PV Generation on California’s Distribution System

Energy Institute, Haas School of Business, Univ. of California at Berkeley / by M.A. Cohen, , P.A. Kauzmann and D.S. Callaway http://ei.haas.berkeley.edu/research/papers/WP260.pdf [Energy Collective post by Meredith Fowlie] …A new EI working paper takes a close look at how increasing levels of distributed solar generation can impact power system costs. For me, this paper raises a timely question: should … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Has Downsized the Number of Jobs Generated in Shale Gas Drilling: Methodology Explained in Document

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1222103&mode=2 [State Impact]  Somehow Pennsylvania lost 160,000 gas industry jobs overnight. What happened? Did drillers flee at the specter of a new tax on production? Not quite. Although companies have been laying off workers and cutting costs– lackluster market conditions don’t explain this shift. … Continue reading

Integrating Renewable Energy into the Electricity Grid Case Studies Showing How Technologies and Operations are Maintaining Reliability

Brattle Group for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute / by Jurgen Weiss and Bruce Tsuchida (download with free registration) http://info.aee.net/integrating-renewable-energy-into-the-electricity-grid [From an Energy Wire article by Edward Klump, sub. req’d] Electric systems in Texas and Colorado are demonstrating that a range of actions can be used to successfully and reliably integrate large amounts of renewable … Continue reading

Revised Models for Determining Direct Lifecycle Emissions of Fuels

California Air Resources Board (ARB) http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/ca-greet/ca-greet.htm [Green Car Congress] California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff have posted version 2.0 of the California-Modified Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (CA-GREET) Tier 1 and Tier 2 models. In 2009, ARB approved the original LCFS regulation order. That order designated CA-GREET, version 1.8b, as the … Continue reading

State Environmental Agencies’ Comments on the Clean Power Plan

Brookings Institution / by Philip A. Wallach and Curtlyn Kramer http://brook.gs/1FVNYNW …Wallach and Kramer’s analysis demonstrates that opposition to the Clean Power Plan is not simply an outgrowth of hyper-partisanship. Even in states with Democratic governors, state environmental agencies are reluctant to accept many aspects of the rule. Wallach and Kramer explain why these environmental agencies … Continue reading

California Drought: 2014 Service Service

US NOAA http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/assessments/pdfs/drought_ca14.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req’d] Record-high temperatures in California last year exacerbated the state’s severe drought, according to a study by federal and university researchers. In October 2013, about 11 percent of the state was in “extreme” or “exceptional” drought condition. By September 2014, severe drought had … Continue reading

Atmospheric Emission Characterization of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development Sites

Environmental Science & Technology (April 21, 2015; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00452) / by J. Douglas Goetz, et al. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b00452 [Philly Voice] In a newly published report in the Environmental Science & Technology journal, scientists from [Carnegie Mellon] university’s chemistry, civil, architectural and environmental engineering departments, as well as other researchers, measured the air quality in and around fracking wells in … Continue reading