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Energy Efficiency, Part 1: What’s the Point?

, Kendall Science Fellow

Can energy efficiency actually increase energy use?  In some circumstances, it can. But is that a problem?  It might be, if “using less energy” was our end goal—but it shouldn’t be. Read more >

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The Clean Power Plan Goes to the Federal Register: Facts vs. Bogus Lawsuits

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Tomorrow the final Clean Power Plan will be published in the Federal Register, which is the official publication of the federal government notifying the public about new regulations and guidance or changes to existing ones. We already know the Clean Power Plan is good for our health and our pocketbooks but that won’t stop naysayers from filing an avalanche of bogus legal challenges to it. Read more >

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Back to the Future? Clean Energy, Clean Cars, and 7 Ways We’ve Leapt Forward from 1985 to 2015

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

At the end of the classic 1985 movie “Back to the Future”, our young heroes travel in a flying DeLorean to a distant time: October 21, 2015, to be precise. What Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker find is a world that is familiar in a lot of ways, but advanced in others.

In our own version of 2015, we’re distinctly deficient in self-tying shoes, self-drying clothes, and hoverboards (maybe). And (maybe more importantly) there’s a decided dearth of garbage-fed flux capacitors for flying cars. It turns out we still power a few too many of our cars and homes with fossil fuels (that’s so 20th century…). But when it comes to some other aspects of energy and transportation, here are seven examples of how we’ve come a long way. Read more >

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New State Energy Plan Provides a Road Map for Strong Clean Power Plan Compliance in Missouri

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

Today, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is releasing a comprehensive State Energy Plan that lays out a clear pathway for the Show-Me state to accelerate its transition away from coal and toward cleaner, more local power supplies. Read more >

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California’s Complicated Relationship with Natural Gas

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Two-thirds of U.S. states may be at risk of relying too heavily on natural gas to meet electricity demand, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Why, might you ask, is California, a national and global leader in the move to clean energy, included in that mix of at-risk states? Read more >

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