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

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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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]

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

June 1, 2015 by John Miller
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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]

Is the U.S. Market Ready for Distributed Batteries Like Tesla's Powerwall? [PODCAST]

May 11, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Tesla and Distributed Battery Markets

Tesla’s new stationary storage units have everyone talking about distributed batteries. But is the U.S. market ready for them? This week, we’ll talk about what needs to happen on a regulatory level to take distributed storage beyond the hype.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Renewables Can't Be Stopped [PODCAST]

April 27, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Renewables and the Future

After a dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and efficiency. Yearly investment levels are still below what IEA estimates are needed to address climate change, the increase shows that appetite for funding projects and companies is increasing.[read more]

Energy 24/7: Shale Debt - Again? [PODCAST]

April 21, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Much of the debt issued by shale operators has been high yield or what is commonly referred to as junk. According to the Wall Street Journal junk bonds have financed the U.S. shale boom, and now the sharp drop in oil prices could lead to a massive wave of defaults on that high-yield debt.[read more]

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

April 17, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Who is the Apple of Energy?

Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” he lamented. The plan, said Crane, was to make NRG the company “that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices.”[read more]

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

Energy 24/7: Are Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Myth or Reality? [PODCAST]

April 14, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Stranded energy assets in oil and gas will not happen merely because of climate change. It is happening as we speak because a number of potentially disrupting events are all converging on one point: our use of hydrocarbons. Some of the challenges are due to climate and some are not.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - Solar Jobs May Benefit Economy More than Oil and Gas Jobs [PODCAST]

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Solar Jobs vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs

Solar job growth has outperformed the overall economy by a factor of 20 times. And more and more solar jobs were created as prices fell. Significantly more. This is in direct contrast to oil and gas where when prices fall, men and women end up out of work.[read more]

Can a New Generation of Startups Revolutionize the Nuclear Industry?

April 8, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Future Nuclear Technology and Industry Risk

Small modular nuclear reactors are often hailed as the savior of the struggling nuclear industry. They’re cheaper, safer and more flexible than traditional reactors. But many small modular reactor designs are also not fully proven on a commercial scale – and they’ll likely not achieve scale for another decade.[read more]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]