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FERC approves Major Milestone for Western Grid Integration

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – Federal regulators yesterday approved a new program that will allow utilities in the western U.S. to share resources more efficiently. The new Extended Day-Ahead Market (EDAM) allows utilities to buy and sell electricity for the following day, helping…

NRDC: COP28 Sends Clear Message: Twilight for Fossil Fuels

Press ReleaseUnited States
WASHINGTON — Global climate talks concluded in Dubai with an agreement to triple renewable energy, double the pace of energy-efficiency gains, phase-out fossil fuels, and end deforestation and forest degradation as part of a larger long-term strategy to steadily reduce…

Countries Establish Historic Loss and Damage Fund

Press ReleaseInternational
DUBAI - On the opening day of the COP28 UN climate summit, governments adopted the governing instrument to formally establish a new fund to support particularly vulnerable countries dealing with loss and damage resulting from climate change. An initial group…

DOT is Putting Transportation on the Right Track 

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation released a key rule last week that will require states to measure greenhouse gas pollution from highway systems and set targets to lower those emissions.

Biden Administration Signs Off On Low-Carbon Materials for 150 Federal Projects

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON — Today the General Services Administration (GSA) announced $2 billion in investments for clean materials in federal construction projects. This initiative advances commitments made a year ago to accelerate Buy Clean efforts within the GSA and Department of Transportation…

DOE Makes Vital Investment in Grid Expansion

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Energy announced a significant investment of $3.46 billion for 58 projects across 44 states to strengthen electric grid resilience and reliability across America. 

EPA Cuts HFC Use in Air Conditioning, Supermarket Refrigerators

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – In a move supported by both environmental groups and industry associations, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized standards that will phase out the most climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in key applications -- from aerosols to heat pumps; supermarket refrigerators to…

Minnesota Declares Sept. 14 “Clean Grid Day”

Press ReleaseMinneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (September 14, 2023) – Today, as members of Minnesota’s grid operator Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) meet in Minneapolis to discuss the future of the Midwestern grid, Gov. Tim Walz declared September 14 “Clean Grid Day.” At the beginning…

Report: California Legislation Can Cut Carbon From Building Materials

Press ReleaseSan Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO – The carbon emissions associated with materials used in the built environment, referred to as “embodied carbon,” are estimated to contribute up to 11% of all global energy-related carbon emissions.1 According to a new report from sustainable development…

Governor Newsom and CA Legislature Agree on Path to Clean, Reliable Energy

Press ReleaseSacramento
Governor Gavin Newsom and the California state legislature have announced an agreement to protect the reliability of California's energy grid amid the state's transition to clean energy. The bill centers the procurement of clean electricity, expedition of electric infrastructure projects, strengthening…

FERC Interconnection Efforts "Raise the Floor" on Grid Decarbonization Pathways

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a meeting on a forthcoming rule to improve interregional transmission. During their presentation, commissioners previewed efforts to standardize processes across different grid operators, increase accountability for action, and usher…

Groups Welcome New Denver Mayor

Press ReleaseDenver
Environmental, racial justice and health organizations today welcomed the upcoming inauguration of Denver Mayor Mike Johnston and urge him to work with City Council and regional experts to build on the city’s environmental successes with bold action addressing climate change…

NRDC Report: Building Batteries Better

Press ReleaseWashington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – A new report from NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) lays out key strategies so the transition away from fossil fuels and to electric vehicles can drive better mining practices.

NRDC Report: U.S. Climate Action Delivers Economic Gains

Press ReleaseUnited States
Washington – A new report released today shows that a handful of key strategies can put the United States on the way to its climate goals while delivering billions of dollars in cost savings over the coming decades. These five…

Federal Highway Administration’s Wrong Turn

Press ReleaseUnited States
New guidance from the Federal Highway Administration fails to live up to President Biden’s executive orders to advance equity and consider climate impacts in federal actions.