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Okla. Utilities Hit Homes Using Solar With Extra Fee

Okla. Utilities Hit Homes Using Solar With Extra Fee

Anyone living in Oklahoma planning to power their home using a rooftop solar panel will soon be charged a fee for the right to do that while being connected to the local power grid. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the “solar surcharge” bill into law on Monday, permitting utilities to charge an extra fee to any customer using distributed power… Read More

‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ Tell a Tale of Climate

‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ Tell a Tale of Climate

The spindly trunk of a Norway spruce reaches above the lichen-covered rocks. Nothing about the tree is remarkable aside from it being the only thing to reach more than a foot feet off the ground on a windswept plateau. Yet Rachel Sussman traveled the roughly 3,500 miles from her Brooklyn studio to western Sweden to photograph it. Its age is what d… Read More

U.S. State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision

U.S. State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision

The U.S. State Department is delaying its decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline to give federal agencies more time to review the proposal. The delay could push the Keystone XL decision beyond the November midterm elections.… Read More

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday. This final… Read More

Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action?

Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged immediate action on adapting to human-caused climate change in the second part of its fifth assessment report, released in March. But it may be that governments and the media may be poorly equipped to deliver that dire message to the public.… Read More

Wind, Solar Energy Driving Electricity Storage Technology

Wind, Solar Energy Driving Electricity Storage Technology

Speaking at the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in New York City on Wednesday, a panel of experts said renewables are driving the development of energy storage systems worldwide, but before they are able to catch on, they’ll have to overcome a public perception problem.… Read More

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Week after week, the drabs of good news have been as rare as the rain. And that won’t change anytime soon. California is in the midst of a crushing severe multi-year drought brought on by cumulative winters with a dearth of replenishing rains and snows and an ever-growing population. Climate patterns may be in the early stages of aligning to quench… Read More

Utilities Disagree On How EPA Should Regulate Emissions

Utilities Disagree On How EPA Should Regulate Emissions

Speaking Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit in New York City, several representatives of the electric power industry and an environmental consultant said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pending rules are injecting significant uncertainty into their ability to plan for the future, but they disputed the val… Read More