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Governor Cuomo Protects New York State from Reckless Fracking

Frances Beinecke
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In a major victory for people’s health and local communities, Governor Cuomo has banned fracking for oil and gas in New York State. The governor based this decision on sound science and thorough review, refusing to buckle under pressure from...continued

Wind and Solar Power: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy - Reliably - Every Day

John Moore
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Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into...continued

A Report on Energy Efficiency at America's Utilities

Ralph Cavanagh
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Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments America’s utilities have become the most important investors in smarter energy use, helping all of us reduce our bills, and NRDC’s advocacy over the past year helped achieve major gains...continued

EPA damns itself with faint praise in response to Inspector General's Gulf Dead Zone report

Ann Alexander
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You may recall, if you follow these things, that the EPA Office of the Inspector General—EPA’s independent internal watchdog—issued a report in September criticizing EPA’s hands-off approach toward  addressing the nation’s algae pollution crisis.  The Inspector General provided data...continued

NYS Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

Nathanael Greene
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For New Yorkers like me, who’ve wanted to put solar panels on their roofs but found it wasn’t feasible, there’s some excellent news, thanks to an effort NRDC and others helped initiate at the New York State Public Service Commission...continued

Winter Tips for Staying Warm without Hurting Your Wallet

Elizabeth Noll
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Winter officially begins Sunday but as the temperature continues to drop and we crank up the heat to stay warm, it doesn’t have to come at the expense of our wallets, comfort, or the environment. Staying warm and cutting expensive...continued

California's Groundbreaking Clean Energy Law Leads the Way

Alex Jackson
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Another in NRDC’s Year-End Review of 2014 Clean Energy Developments Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders, administration officials, and climate activists gathered this week at the California’s Climate Leadership forum to discuss the future of California’s roadmap to decarbonize the world’s...continued

2014 Brings Big Savings in Appliance and Equipment Efficiency, More to Come in 2015

Meg Waltner
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Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments. The Department of Energy (DOE) this year set final energy efficiency standards for seven products ranging from electric motors to commercial refrigeration equipment that will save consumers more than $54...continued

Senate Approves Colette Honorable as FERC Commissioner—Finally!

Jennifer Chen
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In the waning hours of Congress this year, the Senate by voice vote approved the president’s nomination of Colette Honorable to be a commissioner on the Federal Energy Commission (FERC), the agency regulating America’s transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity,...continued

Will Cuomo and LIPA deliver on renewable energy promises for Long Island tomorrow?

Kit Kennedy
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By deciding on a slate of proposed clean energy projects tomorrow, the trustees of the Long Island Power Authority, the public utility that serves New York’s Nassau and Suffolk counties, can finally make good on the utility’s long-delayed promise to...continued

Latin America is part of the climate solution

Carolina Herrera
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With melting glaciers, extreme storms and unprecedented droughts, Latin America is on the front lines of climate change. Yet the region is also an innovator of low carbon efforts and in recent years several countries in the region have shown...continued

Report on Fracking's Health Risks Underscores Need for Cuomo to Extend Moratorium

Kate Sinding
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Just over a month after his re-election, Governor Cuomo has been making waves on fracking—telling reporters in recent days that he will make a major decision before the end of the year. With a moratorium in place since before he...continued

More Fracking Fumes: Studies Repeatedly Find Unsafe Levels of Air Pollution Near Fracking Sites

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman
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Science is about identifying patterns.  A single study finding unsafe levels of a contaminant raises concern, but when the results of multiple studies start to converge the science is telling us we have a problem.  Over the past year, at...continued

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

Amanda Maxwell
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Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations (or COP) in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million...continued

2014--A Year of Clean Cars for All

Luke Tonachel
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Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   When it comes to automobiles, 2014 has been a year of good news for consumers, public health and the environment. Thanks to tightening standards, cars are more fuel efficient...continued

Holiday Challenge to Microsoft: Save Gamers up to $250 Million with Energy Saving Choice on Setup

Pierre Delforge
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The holidays are bringing some good news for gamers and those buying consoles for them: the newest releases for the Sony PlayStation4 and Microsoft Xbox One are more energy efficient than last year’s launch versions. Unfortunately, Microsoft is still being...continued

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