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Building on Success: Governor Signs UCS-Sponsored Water-Energy Bill

, climate scientist

Over the weekend, California Governor Brown signed a bill authored by Senator Fran Pavley and sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), creating a voluntary Water-Energy Nexus Registry. The Climate Registry provides this guest blog, explaining how the bill builds on The Climate Registry’s efforts to develop consistent benchmarks to track the relationship among water, energy, and greenhouse gases. This type of information is needed for the water sector to become part of the climate solution, according to a recent UCS report: Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector. Read more >

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Delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement: The Oxford 1.5 Degrees Conference Charts a Path

, lead economist and climate policy manager

This week I am heading to Oxford to attend a conference, 1.5 Degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Agreement. This comes close on the heels of the recent ratification of the Paris Agreement by the US, China and Brazil. Clearly, the next phase of work focused on fulfilling the promise of Paris is in full swing, and I am excited to be part of it. Read more >

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I’m Just About to Install Solar. Here’s What I’m Looking to Get out of It…

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

My rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system is finally set to be installed. Now I find myself on the edge of solarization, and I want to be clear—with myself at least—why I’m doing this. Just what am I hoping to get out of it? Read more >

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Community Solar: Making Solar Accessible without Rooftops

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Community solar is a powerful and effective tool for increasing access to the solar revolution. That’s one of the key takeaways from research recently completed by UCS’s 2016 Schneider Fellow, Thazin. For nearly 15 years, UCS has participated in Stanford University’s Schneider Fellowship Program, which pairs talented students with national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to work on issues in support of sustainable energy. The dispatch below—penned by Thazin—summarizes her work on the exciting role that community solar can play in the transition to a clean energy economy. Read more >

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Congress Can and Should Act to Support Coal Communities

, senior energy analyst

Congress returns from recess to a big opportunity to support coal communities, by passing the RECLAIM Act (H.R.4456), which would release existing funding for the cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned mine lands with the goal of spurring economic development in these communities. I previously blogged about this bill when it was introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY-5) back in February. This month, the House Natural Resources Committee will be considering a revised version of the bill, hopefully leading to a markup and a vote out of committee. Read more >

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