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From Deceit to Disaster, Here Are the Top Turkeys of Energy in 2015

November 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Turkeys of 2015

We've covered a lot of good news in the energy business this year. But the most compelling stories are often the ones about people, companies and governments doing questionable and difficult things. Or about bad things happening to them. Or about both.[read more]

Talking Transitions: Markets for Wind and Solar

October 21, 2015 by Bentham Paulos

Renewable Energy Markets


What kind of market design do we need to decarbonize the power system? Is putting a price on carbon going to be enough, or are much more fundamental changes needed to reach our decarbonization goals. The debate continues in a new podcast.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Are Obama’s Climate Goals Doomed Without Nuclear? [PODCAST]

October 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

When Obama released his carbon rule this summer, it was hailed as a "historic step" to cutting carbon pollution. But is it really? Lots of supporters and analysts think the targets are too weak. Many now worry that the government created a rule so fragile that it could break with any change in the energy mix.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Exxon Was Once the Leader in Climate Research. Why Did It Turn to Manufacturing Doubt? [PODCAST]

September 23, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

In the mid-1970s, Exxon invested millions of dollars into sophisticated climate research and determined that greenhouse-gas emissions would warm the planet to dangerous levels if left unchecked. But then something changed. Find out why in this podcast from the Energy Gang.[read more]


Mexico's Energy Reforms: Is the Country Now Open for Business? [PODCAST]

August 28, 2015 by Robert Rapier

A Discussion of Mexico's Energy Reforms

In August 2014, Mexico enacted a series of comprehensive energy reform laws, promising to radically transform the electricity and oil and gas sectors. Long controlled by state-owned companies, Mexican President Peña Nieto intended the reforms to open his nation's energy sector for new investment.[read more]

The Energy Gang Chats With Senator Angus King on Distributed Energy: "This Is Where the Future Is Going" [PODCAST]

August 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

If there’s any concept that can cut through politics of distributed energy, it’s “personal energy independence.” Some utilities may not like the idea, but many supporters believe it’s a helpful way to frame policies supporting solar, storage and microgrids, both nationally and locally.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Is Obama's Signature Climate Plan Really That Ambitious? [PODCAST]

August 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

This week, the Obama administration finally completed its landmark climate rule that will require states to cut power plant carbon emissions. It's been hailed by supporters as historic, and demonized by opponents as an economic threat. But is it really all that big of a deal? That depends on how you look at it.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion [PODCAST]

August 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Pretty much everything bad that could happen to the coal industry is happening. Global coal demand is slumping; low natural gas prices and competitive renewables are shifting the energy mix in America; and a slew of regulations are speeding up the closure of coal power plants.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain [PODCAST]

July 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Two countries with great renewable energy resources in the world -- Australia and Spain -- are also hostile to the industry. Australia just changed its national policies for renewables, upsetting project development plans. And Spain proposed yet another tax on storage systems to discourage self-consumption.[read more]

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

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

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 Energy Gang: New York Energy Czar on Philosophy Behind State's Energy Transformation [PODCAST]

June 15, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Richard Kauffman has a lot of responsibilities as New York's "energy czar." He oversees multiple agencies and utilities, advises the governor on energy issues, and works closely with regulators in their attempt to build a new electricity market based on distributed resources.[read more]

Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

June 8, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

We measure energy use with a commodity-based approach -- monitoring electrons, therms and gallons. But is there a better way to gauge the efficiency of the economy? Economist Skip Laitner explores a method based on measuring "exergy," which shows that America's economy is only 14% efficient.[read more]

The Energy Gang Debate: Should Utilities Be Allowed to Own Rooftop Solar? [PODCAST]

June 2, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities and Solar Ownership

Whether the solar energy industry likes it or not, more regulated utilities in America are going to propose the idea and policy of owning residential PV systems themselves. It is a very controversial development in the renewable energy industry.[read more]


Can Obama's COP21 Proposal to Reduce Total GHG Emissions by 26% be Achieved?

June 1, 2015 by John Miller

Obama and Greenhouse Emissions

President Obama recently announced plans to commit the United States to reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 26 percent. Is this U.S. GHG reduction commitment reasonably achievable over the course of the next 10 years?[read more]

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

May 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Peak Oil and Fuel Booms

Over the last few years, those worried about peak oil have been on the defensive. The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible. So we can declare peak oil dead, right? Chris Nelder, an energy analyst, has a simple answer: No.[read more]