On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court halted implementation of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulations. The 5–4 decision favored a group of 27 states and agencies that recently petitioned for a stay of the administration’s sweeping plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $2.85 million in funding for four projects that will advance the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities across the federal government. As the nation's largest single user of energy, the federal government is leading by example and these projects will reduce carbon emissions, while strengthening America's economic, energy, and environmental security. This award announcement follows on the heels of the President's State of the Union address where he discussed how clean energy technologies such as solar are providing real-world solutions. Not only do they reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change, but they are increasingly becoming more cost-competitive with existing technologies, even without accounting for the climate benefits.
As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department today featured 12 new partnerships with cities, counties, and states to unlock the power of building energy performance data for the purposes of informing decision making on energy efficiency opportunities in their local communities. Through the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform Collaborative, these partners will improve the quality and consistency of building energy data and increase community-wide support to enhance management, promote transparency, and increase the value of building energy performance information.
Keith Emery, a principal engineer at NREL, has made the Colorado laboratory a major presence in the field of measuring the efficiency of solar cells. Photo by Dennis Schroeder
The sheet of paper taped to the door of Keith Emery's office tells the story. On the paper is a simple fever chart showing the improvements made in increasing the efficiency of two dozen types of solar cells. Some of the lines marking record efficiencies date to the mid-1970s. Others start much more recently, with the advent of newer technologies.
More than anyone at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Emery has seen the lines on that chart move ever higher. Since joining what at the time was the Solar Energy Research Institute, Emery has made the process of recording record efficiencies of solar cells and modules more accurate.
Over 1000 events organized around the world to celebrate World Wetlands Day
Today marks 45 years since the Convention on Wetlands was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Each year on the anniversary, people in many countries come together to celebrate wetlands and their vital importance for the future of our planet.
Each year, a theme is selected to focus attention on a vital function of wetlands. The theme for 2016, under the banner “Wetlands for our Future” is Sustainable Livelihoods selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the current and future well being of humanity and to promote the wise use of all wetlands types.