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January 19, 2016

U.S. Pledges to Ease Pain of Closing Coal Mines in Shift to Cleaner Energy

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 06:33:07

or the past five years, President Obama has denied the Republican charge that he is waging a war on coal. On Friday, with the Obama administration’s announcement that the Interior Department will halt new coal leases on public lands, Mr. Obama acknowledged that his climate change polices are hurting American miners and began offering ways to ease that economic harm. [ read more … ]

Regulators advance controversial net-metering changes

By Sean Whaley, Las Vegas Review-Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 06:33:46

Nevada regulators rejected a request to delay the implementation of new rooftop solar rates for net-metering customers. At a public meeting yesterday that saw dozens of homeowners request the action, the state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to move forward with the new rates. [ read more … ]

Denmark broke world record for wind power in 2015

By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 06:35:06

Denmark produced 42% of its electricity from wind turbines last year according to official data, the highest figure yet recorded worldwide. The new year-end figures showed a 3% rise on 2014, which was itself a record year for Danish wind energy generation. [ read more … ]

Google’s Project Sunroof expands to 7 new states

Madelyn Beck, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 06:34:11

Google expanded its Project Sunroof to metropolitan areas in nine states last month, enabling people in those hot spots to estimate whether solar panels are worth installing on a particular roof. The project launched last summer in Google’s home base in San Francisco; the creator’s home near Boston; and Fresno, Calif. Now, Project Sunroof is in metropolitan areas in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina. [ read more … ]

Cancer and Climate Change

By PIERS J. SELLERS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 06:34:36

The initial heavy lifting will have to be done by policy makers. I feel for them. It’s hard to take a tough stand on an important but long-term issue in the face of so many near-term problems, amid worries that reducing emissions will weaken our global economic position and fears that other countries may cheat on their emissions targets.Ultimately, though, it will be up to the engineers and industrialists of the world to save us. They must come up with the new technologies and the means of implementing them. The technical and organizational challenges of solving the problems of clean energy generation, storage and distribution are enormous, and they must be solved within a few decades with minimum disruption to the global economy. This will likely entail a major switch to nuclear, solar and other renewable power, with an electrification of our transport system to the maximum extent possible. These engineers and industrialists are fully up to the job, given the right incentives and investments. You have only to look at what they achieved during World War II: American technology and production catapulted over what would have taken decades to do under ordinary conditions and presented us with a world in 1945 that was completely different from the late 1930s.
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