Energy efficiency is significantly cheaper than producing electricity with new power plants (see chart) and offers additional economic and environmental benefits.
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This chart shows near-term energy efficiency potential in the Southeast, compared to DOE projections for electricity consumption through 2015.
Nuclear power plants withdraw and consume the largest amounts of water, followed by power plants that use fossil fuels (coal or oil), biomass, or waste.
Nearly 40 billion gallons are withdrawn each day from Southeast freshwater supplies for thermoelectric power plants--about 65 percent of all withdrawals.
On April 17, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare, opening the door to GHG regulation under the Clean Air Act. This fact sheet answers some common questions about how GHGs could be...
The United States has made green spending a key part of its stimulus packages in response to the domestic and global economic crisis.
In October 2008, Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabi
Paul Joffe is Senior Foreign Policy Counsel at WRI where he works to help inform policy makers and stakeholders on international climate and energy law and policy issues.