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Why Nevadans Should Vote Yes on Question 6

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which predicts the planet will surpass the 1.5°C rise in global temperature by as early as 2030 is a wake-up call for our country to take swift and far-reaching action now to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. In the Western US, we are already starting to see the impacts of a warming climate threatening water supplies, and increasing the intensity and frequency of wildfires and other extreme weather events like heat waves. Transitioning away from fossil-fueled sources of electricity generation like coal and natural gas towards clean and carbon-free renewable energy is one of the most impactful and cost-effective solutions we can take today to reduce the threat of climate change.

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Bringing Energy Storage to Energy Markets

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the US, promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. Read more >

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Three Reasons Bernard McNamee is a Horrible Choice for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

, senior energy analyst

President Trump’s nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may not grab a lot of headlines but make no mistake – it’s a blatant (and oft repeated) move by the Trump administration to pollute an independent regulatory body with political operatives intent on carrying out his crony capitalism. A hearing to consider McNamee’s nomination is already set for Tuesday, October 16th – a clear sign that Trump’s political allies are trying to ram through his appointment without thoughtful consideration. But here’s three reasons McNamee is a horrible choice to be a FERC commissioner and why his potential confirmation should worry all of us. Read more >

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Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 crew members and members of the North Carolina National Guard assist residents of Old Dock, North Carolina, evacuate after flooding forced them from their homes in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Photo: Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kelly

Seven Things You Should Know About the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report and its Policy Implications

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is soon going to release an important report to help inform global efforts to limit climate change. The special report details the impacts of a global average temperature increase of 1.5°C relative to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pathways to limit temperature increase to that level. Governments of the world have come together this week in Incheon, South Korea to negotiate and agree on the report’s Summary for Policymakers, which is based on the underlying science in the final IPCC report. The summary is expected to be released on Monday morning in South Korea (late on Sunday night here on the US east coast).

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The Most Energy-Efficient States: 2018 Rankings

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Energy efficiency is a powerful option for saving money, improving comfort, cutting pollution, making us more resilient, and creating jobs… and a whole lot easier if the state you live in has good programs and policies in place. So which states do? Fortunately, the latest annual ranking of state energy efficiency efforts is here, and lays it all out for us. Read more >

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