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First Clothes Dryers to Earn EPA’s Energy Star Label Now Available Nationwide

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Energy Star certified clothes dryers are now available nationwide through major retailers. At least 45 models of dryers earning the Energy Star label, including Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, LG, and Safemate, are at least 20 percent more efficient and now available at prices comparable to standard dryers. “DryersContinue Reading

Japan plans to restart some nuclear plants in 2015 after Fukushima shutdown

EIA: “Previously one of the world’s largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following the meltdown at Fukushima Dai-ichi and subsequent shutdown of the country’s nuclear fleet. In 2013, when almost all of Japan’s nuclear fleet was shut down, more than 86% of Japan’s generation mix was composed of fossilContinue Reading

Using ESPCs to Finance Federal Investments in Energy-Efficient Equipment

CBO Report – “A variety of laws and executive orders require federal agencies to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities and to pursue a range of other energy-related goals. Because the availability of annual appropriations is limited, the Administration encourages federal agencies to use other types of financing—such as energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs)—toContinue Reading

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing: Industry Trends, Global Competition

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing: Industry Trends, Global Competition, Federal Support. Michaela D. Platzer, Specialist in Industrial, Organization and Business. January 27, 2015. “Every President since Richard Nixon has sought to increase U.S. energy supply diversity. Job creation and the development of a domestic renewable energy manufacturing base have joined national security and environmental concerns asContinue Reading

EIA – Japan Country Analysis Brief

“Japan is the world’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, second-largest coal importer, and third-largest net importer of crude oil and oil products. Japan has limited domestic energy resources that have met less than 9% of the country’s total primary energy use since 2012, compared with about 20% before the removal of nuclear power following theContinue Reading

Navigating the US Oil Export Debate

Navigating the US Oil Export Debate. Trevor Houser and Jason Bordoff | January 16, 2015 “Recent innovations in the oil and gas sector have catalyzed a renaissance in US production and a dramatic turnaround in America’s international energy trade position. US crude oil production has increased from 5 million barrels per day (b/d) in late 2006 to 9 millionContinue Reading

Newly Launched NASA Satellite Will Monitor Western Drought

News release: “In one of the space agency’s bolder projects, a newly launched NASA satellite will monitor western drought and study the moisture, frozen and liquid in Earth’s soil. It’s true that a satellite can’t possibly fix the devastating drought that has been plaguing the American West for the last years. It is also trueContinue Reading

Severe droughts are forcing researchers to rethink how technology can increase the supply of fresh water.

MIT Technology Review – By David Talbot on December 16, 2014 “By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will suffer from water scarcity. Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And moreContinue Reading

Preparing for Carbon Pricing: Case Studies from Company Experience

Partnership for Market Readiness. 2015. Preparing for Carbon Pricing: Case Studies from Company Experience – Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/21358 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO. “This report covers case studies with three companies: Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, and Pacific GasContinue Reading

Currency depreciation against the dollar affects oil importers and exporters differently

EIA – “Widely traded futures contracts for North Sea Brent crude oil in global financial markets are typically priced in U.S. dollars (USD). The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices,Continue Reading

NAP’s Guide to Science Issues and the State of the Union

“The 2015 State of the Union address focused on topics such as 21st century skills, climate change, and cybersecurity. The National Academies Press provides resources directly related to these national issues. A selection has been highlighted below. We’ve posted the full transcript of the President’s speech, annotated with lists of our related materials. Read our completeContinue Reading

The Financial Risk from Global Warming

Covington, Howard and Thamotheram, Raj, The Case for Forceful Stewardship (Part 1): The Financial Risk from Global Warming (January 19, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2551478 “If it reaches 4° or more, global warming may cause severe economic damage with the consequence that a significant portion of the value of a diversified equity investmentContinue Reading