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Moving Nuclear Energy Discussions Forward

June 30, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Energy Discussion

Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs recently conducted a morning meeting titled 'A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix' in Boston. The timing was fortuitous, my wife and I were in Maine, so we decided to make a little detour on the way home so we could attend.[read more]

North Carolina Solar Leadership at the Crossroads

June 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar in the States

As a North Carolinian, I can tell you it's pretty darned amazing that, last year, our state was number 2 in the nation in installed solar capacity. And number 4 in the first quarter of 2015, despite what can only be described as some really crappy (and construction-slowing) winter weather.[read more]

Rare Earths Not So Rare?

June 29, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Rare earths are elements of low abundance, compared to the ores of metals like iron and copper. Five years ago it appeared that China had cornered the market on rare earths and was exercising its market power to, among other aims, lure businesses reliant on these minerals to shift their operations to China.[read more]

The IEA's Bridge Scenario to a Low Carbon World Again Underestimates the Role of Renewables

June 29, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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IEA and Renewables Measurement

The IEA has just produced its World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change, which is intended to describe how the energy sector can transition to being part of a lower carbon world. It includes a new Bridge Scenario which emphasizes what can be done over the next decade or two.[read more]

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Watering Down the Energy Debate

June 29, 2015 by David Hess
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Energy Debate

Water is essential for the production of energy. Energy facilities both consume water and have impacts on the aquatic ecosystems they interact with. These interactions are complex however and it is a mistake to over-simplify – one we must avoid if we are to meet our future energy needs sustainably.[read more]

The Internet of Things Provides the Opportunity to Achieve Global Sustainability Now

June 29, 2015 by Nick Blandford

Sustainability and Technological Advancement

 

Take a look at these numbers. 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people in the world today who don’t have access to electricity. 30% – this number represents the projected growth of global energy consumption by 2020. Universal access to electricity and renewable energy can help address these problems.[read more]

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How Much Land Does Solar, Wind and Nuclear Energy Require?

June 24, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Land use impacts of solar wind and nuclear energy.

Does wind and solar take up too much land to be practical? Does the extreme energy density of nuclear fuel make it the ecologically ideal energy source? In this post, I run the numbers on the land use impact of wind, solar, nuclear and other energy sources.[read more]

BP Data Suggests We Are Reaching Peak Energy Demand

June 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Peak Demand and Energy Risk

Some people talk about peak energy (or oil) supply. They expect high prices and more demand than supply. Other people talk about energy demand hitting a peak many years from now, perhaps when most of us have electric cars. Neither of these views is correct.[read more]

Surging US SUV Sales: Why Increased Engine Performance May Augur Badly for Climate Targets

June 24, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

SUVs and Climate Change

According to the EPA, the majority of such transportation-related CO2 emissions result from the “combustion of petroleum-based products, like gasoline, in internal combustion engines” with the largest emitters being “passenger cars and light-duty trucks, including sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans.”[read more]

Wind and Solar Will Soon Become the 'Least-Cost Option Almost Universally'

June 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Wind and Solar Costs

Two new reports on global demand for renewables forecast dramatic growth in nearly every region of the world over the coming decades. While promotion policies are still important for supporting the industry, conventional technologies like wind and solar are becoming cheap enough to compete without subsidies.[read more]

Oil and Natural Gas Production Job Declines Tend to Lag Oil Price Declines

June 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuels and Labor Levels

Employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities in the United States reached nearly 538,000 in October 2014, but then it declined by about 35,000 jobs, or 6.5%, over the following six months, through April 2015, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).[read more]

How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?

June 23, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Distributed Generation Planning

In the U.S., residential solar PV installations last quarter were up 11% over the previous quarter: In those states where residential solar is taking hold, there are mounting concerns that rate structures currently in place to support residential PV will result in adopters bearing less than their fair share of system costs.[read more]

The Centrality of Sustainability

June 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The Importance of Sustainability/shutterstock

We have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe topic barely clinging to a spot on the political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security.[read more]

Cellulosic Ethanol is Going Backwards

June 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

The Direction of Cellulosic Ethanol/shutterstock

April was a record month for cellulosic ethanol production according to the EPA’s database that tracks this information, but that meant that at least 8 months into the learning curves for these plants actual production for that month was only about 6% of nameplate capacity. And now things are going backwards.[read more]

Economics of Installing Combined Heating and Power Systems

June 23, 2015 by Merrill Kramer
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Combined Heat and Power Systems

With states adopting programs to encourage energy users to install combined heating and power (CHP) systems, building owners and asset managers are asking themselves the bottom line question – how can CHP increase my operating income and asset value?[read more]

Four Demands for Paris

June 23, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Planning

The call was very clear, here were “four demands” for Paris COP21 being presented to a group in London. But the surprise was the presenter; not a climate focussed NGO or an activist campaigning for change, but Fatih Birol, Chief Economist for the International Energy Agency.[read more]

Opening the Small Commercial Solar Market

June 22, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

Small Scale Solar Market/shutterstock

While the solar market has been exploding over the past few years, the small commercial segment of the market, made up of locations like apartment buildings, office buildings, small businesses, factories, warehouses, and hospitals, has been extraordinarily slow to develop.[read more]

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

June 22, 2015 by James Greenberger

Pope Francis and Climate Change/shutterstock

Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”. The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues. Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.[read more]

The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Climate Change Partisanship/shutterstock

After Pope Francis issued his strongly worded encyclical on climate change and the environment, many wondered how it would influence conservatives. It didn’t take long. “I don’t think we should politicize faith,” said Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who brushed off climate change as an inherently political issue.[read more]

The Grid is Getting Smarter, but are Customers Keeping Up?

June 22, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Smart Grid Adoption Delays?

Price signals are the key to altering actual customer behavior with regard to energy consumption, but something as simple as a smart meter alone may not be enough to advance many of the lofty goals promised by the smart grid or microgrids.[read more]