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Pepco Pushes For A Rate Hike In D.C.

Pepco is asking regulators in D.C. to sign off on the electric utility's first increase in three years. We explore what's at stake for consumers and why Pepco feels higher rates are necessary.

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Communities Uneasy As Utilities Look For Places To Store Coal Ash

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the EPA imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Two towns are pushing back against different ways of storing the ash.
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How Blockchain Helps Brooklyn Dwellers Use Neighbors' Solar Energy

A project called TransActive Grid is testing a new way to trade solar power among neighbors. For now only credits are being traded — not actual energy — using the technology that underpins bitcoin.
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Obama's New Clean Energy Goal For North America: 50 Percent By 2025

White House aides acknowledge that the plan, to be announced by President Obama and his counterparts in Canada and Mexico, is a "stretch goal." The commitment goes beyond the Paris climate agreement.
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This $6-A-Month Plan Brings Solar Power To People Living Off The Grid

That's the price for a solar energy package from Off-Grid Electric, who's lit up the homes of 100,000 people without electricity in Tanzania.
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Who's The D.C. Local Running The General Services Administration?

In the Washington metropolitan region, the General Services Administration is in charge of more than 100 million square feet of federal workspace.

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'Beautiful Flight' Across The Atlantic Is Major Milestone For Solar Plane

After 71 hours and 8 minutes of flight time crossing the Atlantic, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Spain. It's a big step toward the goal of circumnavigating the globe using only the sun's power.
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Environmental Outlook: How Public Opinion Has Shifted On Climate Change And Why

For this month's Environmental Outlook: Surveys suggest public attitudes about climate change are often disconnected from education levels and scientific research. Please join us to talk about why we believe what we do on climate change and how money is shaping public opinion.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules

A U.S. judge in Wyoming said the Bureau of Land Management can't regulate hydraulic fracturing — because more than a decade ago, Congress specifically excluded fracking from federal oversight.
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California To Close State's Last Nuclear Power Plant

California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under a proposal announced Tuesday. Safety concerns are the main reason, but the Diablo Canyon plant produces enough power for 1.7 million homes. There's now a plan to replace the energy with renewables.

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