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New Study Finds Miami-Dade in Hot Water Due to Climate Change. Time for Florida to Switch to Clean Energy.

A new study by the Center for American Progress finds that climate change constitutes a major threat to south Florida, and that there's an urgent need for action to head off disaster. Here's the report's conclusion:

Today's Supreme Court Ruling on Demand Response "gives clean energy a huge boost"

The Supreme Court issued an important ruling earlier today in a case that affirmed FERC Order 745, which "calls for demand response to be compensated like other generators in wholesale energy markets." The 6-2 verdict in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was, among other things, a major victory for U.S. providers of energy conservation services (e.g., EnerNOC, whose "jumped as much as 84 percent in New York trading"). It is simultaneously a major defeat for big power producers such as "NRG Energy Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Talen Energy Corp., Calpine Corp., Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. and American Electric Power Co."

Topics: Public Affairs

Hottest Year on Record Highlights Need for Urgent Transition from Dirty to Clean Energy

Even as a blizzard bears down on the Washington, D.C. area, we received news yesterday that 2015 was the hottest year on record - by far. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Topics: Clean Economy

Move Over 5 Stories, More Original Clean Energy Content Coming In '16

Video: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Webinar Looks at Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently released a report on the "benefits and impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards." This week, they also held a webinar discussing the report. Key points from the webinar, which you can view (see video to the right), include:

Topics: Clean Economy

Download Our Clean Economy Infographic on Citi's Low-Carbon-Future Report

Recently, we summarized a fascinating, 132-page report by Citi, which confirmed (yet again) that switching from fossil fuels to clean energy makes sense not just environmentally, but also economically. Now, we've put together an easy-to-read, easy-to-share infographic, highlighting the key findings from Citi's report. If you're interested in receiving the infographic, just click on the image below, provide us with your contact information, and we'll email it to you right away. Thanks!

Cleantech Podcasts to Check Out

We thought that a quick guide to a few cleantech podcasts would be helpful for communicators, analysts, investors and industry professionals who want to stay on top of this dynamic, far-flung sector. Here are a few that jumped out at us; please let us know if there are others you listen to and would recommend in the comments below.

Topics: Marketing & Communications

New Report by Greentech Media: Grid-Scale Energy Storage Balance-of-System Costs to Fall 40% by 2020

These are exciting times in the energy storage industry, with technology rapidly improving and costs falling fast as the sector scales up. A just-released report by Greentech Media (GTM) examines this in detail and shows how it's likely to continue.

"Pathways to Deep Decarbonization" Report: Switching to Clean Energy Achievable, Creates Enormous Economic Opportunities

A recent report by a group of independent, international experts on sustainable development examines "Pathways to Deep Decarbonization" - namely, "how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy consistent with the internationally agreed goal of limiting anthropogenic warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C)." The report, which is well worth reading, was prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (launched by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012; describes itself as "an independent global network of research centers, universities and technical institutions aiming to mobilize scientific and technical expertise for problem-solving in relation to sustainable development") and The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) (a non-profit policy research institute based in Paris). Here are a few key findings.

Topics: Clean Economy