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Should CA Seek Another Life Extension for Diablo Canyon?

Expert BlogUnited States, CaliforniaRalph Cavanagh

In a recent op-ed calling for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s operating license to be extended past 2025, Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz acknowledge that the process would be “complex.” It wouldn’t just be complex; it would be hugely…

CPUC's Clean Energy Order: Necessary, Timely, and Ambitious

Expert BlogUnited StatesMohit Chhabra

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a decision to acquire 11.5 GW of mostly carbon-free electricity over the next five to seven years. This decision firmly places the state on course to getting to zero carbon electricity and a…

More Proof of the Amazing Impact of Energy Efficiency

Expert BlogLara Ettenson
Energy efficiency – the quickest way to cut energy waste in our homes, workplaces, and vehicles – spans so many facets of daily life that it's easy to take it for granted. In fact, a new sweeping, data-driven report (Energy…

Cheers to 2019 Energy Efficiency Progress with More in 2020!

Expert BlogLara Ettenson
Reflecting on 2019, it is hard to grapple with the extent of this year’s climate tragedies like massive wildfires and flooding. Yet even when things seem as dire as ever, there is continual news of progress, perseverance, and hope. And…

Electric Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Progress in 2019

Expert BlogRalph Cavanagh
America’s electric utilities have emerged as essential partners in the nation’s ongoing clean energy transition, as acknowledged forcefully in a joint statement last year by their principal trade association and NRDC, and that continued throughout 2019 (although we don’t, of…

Efficiency Saving Energy When We Need It Most – And Cheaply

Expert BlogSheryl Carter
A key energy trend, detailed in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual survey of electric utilities, is actually a longstanding one: energy efficiency continues to deliver energy and customer bill savings -- at low cost -- when we need it…

2018 Clean Energy Year in Review: Reversing Trump Rollbacks

Expert BlogRoland Hwang
Many of us learned in high school about Newton’s third law of physics: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. 2018 was a lesson in physics: the Trump administration’s furious assault on pollution protections has, in turn…

The Year in Energy Savings, 2018

Expert BlogLauren Urbanek
Remarkable progress has been made to decrease the energy intensity of our appliances, equipment, and buildings, and we aren't stopping in 2019.

Clean Energy Progress in America’s Electric Sector in 2018

Expert BlogRalph Cavanagh
Americans are paying less of their incomes for electricity and breathing cleaner air as 2018 draws to a close (electricity bills represent less than 1.5 percent of average household income, the smallest share since 1955). And just this week, a…

California: 10 Years of Climate Commitment & Economic Growth

Expert BlogLara Ettenson
In the decade since California passed its landmark climate law, the state has undergone one of the longest economic expansions in its history while simultaneously cutting climate pollution. In fact, the latest report from the nonpartisan advocacy group Next 10…