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Subaru to Share Zero Landfill Expertise With National Park Service

News release: “Subaru, recognized for having the first automotive assembly plant in America designated as zero landfill, today announced it will share its knowledge of zero landfill practices with the National Park Service to reduce landfill waste from the parks. In partnership with National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-profit national park advocacy group, theContinue Reading

Nuclear Power Assessment Study Final Report

Via FAS – The 177-page study, prepared for NASA by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – February 4, 2015 – Released June 1, 2015. “The objective of this study is to ”Discuss a sustainable strategy and present findings for the provisioning of safe, reliable, and affordable nuclear power systems that enable NASA Science MissionContinue Reading

Study – Think Wood Pellets are Green? Think Again

NRDC, May 2015: “Biomass is often described as a clean, renewable fuel and a greener alternative to coal and other fossil fuels for producing electricity. But recent science shows that many forms of biomass—especially from forests—produce higher carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. In particular, a growing body of peer-reviewed, scientific studies shows that burningContinue Reading

Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources

“The EPA released a draft assessment of the potential impacts to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing for public comment and peer review. Read the executive summary and the full draft assessment. Learn more about the Scientific Advisory Board’s (SAB) review process for the draft assessment.” “The U.S. Congress urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Electricity Generation Projects, U.S. Parole Commission

Electricity Generation Projects: Additional Data Could Improve Understanding of the Effectiveness of Tax Expenditures, GAO-15-302: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: May 28, 2015: “The states and the federal government have supported the development of electricity generation projects in a variety of ways. In recent years, state and federal supports have been targeted toward renewableContinue Reading

International energy data and analysis portal

Via EIA – Choose energy source: petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity; Visualization – Bubble Map, Heat Map, Column Chart; Production, Consumptions, Reserves & Capacity, Imports, Exports.

Historic Survey of Financial Services Professionals Reveals Widespread Disregard for Ethics

News release: “Labaton Sucharow LLP, which established the nation’s first practice exclusively dedicated to representing SEC whistleblowers, today announced the results of its collaborative survey with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business: The Street, The Bull and The Crisis. The survey, the most expansive of its kind, polled more than 1,200 U.S.Continue Reading

EIA China Country Analysis Brief

China is the world’s most populous country with a fast-growing economy that has led it to be the largest energy consumer and producer in the world. Rapidly increasing energy demand, especially for petroleum and other liquids, has made China influential in world energy markets. China is the world’s second-largest consumer of oil and moved fromContinue Reading

The City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

“Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  Available onlineContinue Reading

2015 Cars Gain MPGs, CAFE Goals in Reach if Gains Continue

“According to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of 1,163 of this year’s new vehicles, fuel efficiency continues to increase for 2015 on a model by model basis. However, individual car company fleets, are backsliding on their overall fuel economy performance. From 2014 to 2015, the percent of vehicles with an Environmental Protection AgencyContinue Reading

Energy Report – Home Idle Load

Natural Resources Defense Council – Devices Wasting Huge Amounts of Electricity When Not in Active Use “Always-on” energy use by inactive appliances, electronics and miscellaneous electrical devices translates to $19 billion a year — about $165 per U.S. household on average. The average always-on load uses the same amount of electricity as brewing 234 cupsContinue Reading

EIA’s CBECS – nation’s only comprehensive survey of commercial buildings

“The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) is the only nationally representative source of statistical information on energy-related characteristics, consumption, and expenditures for the nation’s 5.6 million commercial buildings totaling 87 billion square feet of floor space. Building characteristics information from the 2012 survey is being released in stages through theContinue Reading