Posts By Jessica Kennedy

Posted on: January 7, 2015
Demand response is making national news thanks to some disconcerted utilities and a New Mexico senator.   Utilities, including FirstEnergy and several New England generators, are petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to eliminate demand response as a resource in capacity energy markets. Capacity markets involve power generators (or ... more...
Filed under: Demand Response & Home Area Networks
Posted on: December 31, 2014
Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests.  Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: December 24, 2014
Results of a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) on an array of electricity generation sources, from fossil fuels to solar power.  The conclusions indicate that renewable energy is cheaper, less environmentally damaging, and has more potential for growth in ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: May 12, 2014
Opinions about the merits of fossil fuels and the importance of exhausting those resources seem to be infiltrating mainstream media lately.  It is an effort to push back against the environmental and climate change activists that are becoming ever more vocal about why and how we need to phase out fossil fuels.  ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: November 8, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants.  This would permit new coal plants to emit no more than 1,300-1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.  While ... more...
Filed under: Coal
Posted on: July 24, 2013
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a World Energy Outlook Special Report warning the world that current climate change policies are on track to far exceed the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2°C. The special report, "Redrawing the Energy Climate Map," released in June is a warning to ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: June 7, 2013
The natural gas boom in the US due to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has provided the country with a cleaner burning, inexpensive fuel source that has lowered energy bills for industrial facilities and homeowners alike. The fracking process is still a hot topic of controversy wherever it is used to extract ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted on: May 30, 2013
The connection between energy and water, often referred to as the "energy water nexus" is collecting attention from business leaders, policy makers, and citizens alike. In short, this term refers to the close link between water and energy. Water is used in nearly every aspect of energy production. So, saving ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: April 22, 2013
Ireland has recently made news with its efforts in energy efficiency and sustainability. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), 2012 was a landmark year for energy efficiency and sustainability in Ireland. The SEAI reports energy savings totaling €35 million (equal to 670GWh and 160,000 metric tons of ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: February 19, 2013
The UN climate change negotiations in Doha, Qatar last week did not result in any strong international treaties to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions or reform the way the world generates and uses energy, but some minor progress was made that can impact climate change. Most notably, the 25 members ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management

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