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The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

October 6, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Coral Davenport, writing in the New York Times, was the first in the press to note that the encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis, with tremendous praise from diverse quarters, “is as much an indictment of the global economic order as it is an argument for the world to confront climate change.”[read more]

Household Heating Costs are Expected to be Lower than Previous Two Winters

October 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Heating Costs

Most U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with the past two winters. In most regions, the decline in expenditures is attributed to the combination of warmer weather and lower fuel prices.[read more]

Brazil First Developing Country to Submit an Absolute Emissions Target for 2025

October 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Brazil Emissions and Development

Brazil announced at the UN General Assembly that the country would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 37% below 2005 levels by 2025, with an "indicative target" of 43% reduction by 2030. This makes Brazil the largest developing country to set an economy-wide emissions target in its climate pledge.[read more]

A Stealth Tool to Modernize the Electric Grid

October 6, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Infrastructure Tools

Electricity regulators, clean energy innovators, and rappers have all lamented poor communication. And some have pushed for cleaner, cheaper, more reliable solutions for meeting our energy needs. This is particularly so with the much anticipated emergence of flexible DR.[read more]

Moderating Extremes in Building Design

October 6, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Building Design and Moderation

Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation and software packages to guide architects.[read more]

President Hillary Clinton Will Oppose Crude Oil Exports

October 5, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Let’s take a look at Hillary’s energy proposals. Her energy policy proposals have been rife with pandering and flip-flops. Of course they all do it to some extent. John McCain wasn’t above it, flip-flopping on ethanol and pandering by proposing a cut in gasoline taxes leading up to the election.[read more]

Servicing One Turbine After the Other: Living and Working on a Wind Farm

October 5, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Servicing Wind Farms

Christened, the “Esvagt Faraday”, Siemens’ new SOV, is now in operation on German offshore wind farms. Ingo Bischof, Project Manager for the Butendiek wind farm in the North Sea, has just returned from a trial tour of duty. He explains what it’s like to live and work aboard the new service operation vessel.[read more]

Who Supports Oil and Gas Methane Regulations? Pretty Much Everyone

October 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulations and Public Support

The EPA has held a series of hearings across the country to collect public testimony in response to its new proposal to curb oil and gas companies’ emissions. The hearings provided a chance for stakeholders in areas where the oil and gas industry has a footprint to voice their concerns and perspectives.[read more]


Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]

How Shale Reduced U.S. Energy Risks from Hurricanes

October 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Hurricane Risk and Energy Resources

Just in time for the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina last month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on the reduced vulnerability of US energy supplies to Atlantic hurricanes, as a result of the energy shifts of the last decade.[read more]

India Commits to Accelerate Clean Energy and Climate Action, Clearing Path to Paris Climate Talks

October 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Climate Talks

Signaling a commitment to fight climate change, India submitted its targets as a part of the Paris climate agreement. India committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35% from 2005-levels by 2030, a long-term commitment to curb its GHG emissions under the UNFCCC.[read more]

FASTER Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

October 2, 2015 by David Hone

Last week New York hosted the Papal visit, the UN General Assembly with 150 world leaders gathered, and Climate Week. Arguably this had the makings of a bigger coming together than COP21 itself, although many other issues were also on the agenda, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.[read more]


Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]

Low Oil Prices: Why Worry?

October 1, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices and Economic Anxiety

Most people believe that low oil prices are good for the United States, since the discretionary income of consumers will rise. There is the added benefit that Peak Oil must be far off in the distance, since “Peak Oilers” talked about high oil prices. Thus, low oil prices are viewed as an all around benefit.[read more]


Change Ahead: Cutting Carbon from U.S. Highways

October 1, 2015 by Wisconsin Energy Institute

Highway Carbon Costs

What will it take to make a cross-country drive in a light duty vehicle a low-carbon pursuit? According to Paul Meier, it will take a combination of three advances: a large increase in the adoption of electric vehicle use, a huge uptick in biofuels production, and a change in the habits of U.S. drivers.[read more]