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Obama and Climate Marchers Meet in NY but Take Divergent Paths

Many of the marchers see natural gas as an obstacle to progress whereas the president views the energy source as a bridge fuel until green power is able to provide most of our electricity.
President Obama and the climate marchers now in New York City have one major thing in common – that they are fighting to mitigate global warming. But the soulmates are also departing on one major issue – the role of natural gas in that effort. Many of the marchers see natural gas as an obstacle to progress whereas the president views the energy source as a bridge fuel until green power is able to provide most of our electricity.

Will President Obama's Clean Power Plan Fly?

President Obama and his EPA are now taking public comments on the Clean Power Plan – the proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on existing coal-fired power plants by motivating investments in new technologies or entering into regional cap-and-trade programs. It's a rule-making that has raised the ire of Republicans, who feel the Democratic administration has gone too far. But it's one that raises the hopes of others, who say that it will spur utilities to build or invest in cleaner alternatives. Just what fuels benefit from this? Natural gas is obvious winner, although nuclear and renewables are also fighting for a greater slice of the electric generation pie.

Geotargeting: More Analytics, Less Infrastructure

Efficiency as the best path to relieve a stressed power grid.
To relieve pressure from a stressed power grid, owners of commercial buildings should turn first to analytics to boost energy efficiency.

Rock the Rooftop: Wellinghoff's Plan to Set Solar Straight

The case for utilities to own solar generation behind the meter within their own regulated service territories.
Former FERC Chair Wellinghoff: let utilities own solar behind the meter, within service territory, with rate base treatment.

The Polar Vortex: Was Gas at Fault?

An interview with Frank Brock, gas market expert at ICF International.
Natural gas industry expert Frank Brock, ICF International, reviews the Polar Vortex (winter 2014), and why gas and electric markets are out of sync.