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New Analysis: Renewables and Efficiency Key to Economic and Public Health Benefits in Michigan

, energy analyst

A new UCS analysis released today shows that strengthening Michigan’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency will drive billions in capital investments in the state, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant public health benefits through avoided emissions of harmful air pollutants. Read more >

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The Best Way to Fail: Smart Charging vs. Everything Else

, Kendall Science Fellow

I look at “smart charging” of electric vehicles as a means to provide several grid services, including managing the short-term variations in renewable energy supply. However, other competing solutions for grid integration of solar power could be even cheaper. This would be a good problem to have. Read more >

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Berta Cáceres, 1973-2016: The Fight Goes On

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Berta Cáceres, a world-renowned environmental activist from the Lenca indigenous community, was murdered in her home. Read more >

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All Talk, No Action Leaving Michigan’s Clean Energy Future in Limbo

, energy analyst

Last week, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder announced his signing onto the Governor’s Accord for a New Energy Future—a bipartisan agreement among 17 states to work together on advancing clean energy technologies and “transformational policy changes.”

It’s a fine gesture, but on the very same day, Governor Snyder also announced that Michigan was suspending its Clean Power Plan activities pending court resolution. Actions speak louder than words. Unfortunately, the governor is once again leaving Michigan’s potential for a bright clean energy future in the dark.    Read more >

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Surviving and Thriving as the Sea Rises

Queen Quet, , UCS

No one was prepared for the supermoon to be coupled with all of this when the rain started falling and falling and falling in South Carolina and graves started to wash out and the sands started to move and as the tides rose, the roads collapsed and as more sands moved the houses fell and the streets flooded and what they had built came down. Read more >

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