Guidance for Comments on the Proposed Federal Plan and Model Rules for the Clean Power Plan to Protect Voluntary Action

On November 19th we co-presented a webinar on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), where we discussed the implications the plan will have on renewable energy markets in the U.S. There are several options being considered in the Proposed Federal Plan that will have lasting impact on these markets, and the EPA is accepting comments through …

Powering America–Weighing the Costs of Industry Improvements for Social and Environmental Benefit

  by Emily Griffith   In the United States approximately 67% of electricity is generated from Fossil Fuels, which are responsible for 70% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide emissions, 13% of nitrogen oxide emissions and 40% of carbon dioxide. Coal power generators alone account for 39% of total energy use in the United States and …

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Understanding the Role of Biomass in the U.S. Renewable Energy Portfolio

  by Dan Esposito   When most people think of renewable energy, images of windmills and solar panels are typically the first to appear, and for good reason—they are visually distinct, produce clean electricity with minimal environmental impact, and have experienced tremendous growth over the last decade. Yet biomass, the historical frontrunner and a continued …

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NRDC’s New Carbon Offset Guide Hits The Mark

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) website has long been a popular resource for businesses and individuals looking for information on pressing environmental issues and initiatives, policy and regulatory changes, and importantly, ways to reduce one’s environmental impact. NRDC has recently rebooted a page that has guidance on buying carbon offsets, with the update reflecting …

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Travelogue: RECS Market Meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany

Late last month I had the opportunity to travel to Dusseldorf, Germany for the RECS Market Meeting, a conference that focuses on voluntary renewable electricity market and policy developments and is similar to our own Renewable Energy Markets conference. It is organized each year by RECS International, a Netherlands-based non-profit association of electricity market players …

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The Promise of Sustainable Procurement

Last month Center for Resource Solutions joined the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) as a Supplier Member with the hopes of aiding the fledgling organization in the creation of sustainable procurement principles. Started in 2013, the SPLC has a stated mission to “support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and …