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Risk Management

Ideas and best practices surrounding risk management in the energy sector. This could include financial and credit-related risks, but also risks as related to hydraulic fracturing, deep-water drilling, nuclear power and other energy sourcing practices.

The Good and Bad of Low Commodity and Oil Prices for Renewable Microgrids

September 4, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Oil Prices, Microgrids, and Commodities

In general, renewable energy companies have been affected by recent turmoil as the market seems to believe that lower oil prices will either indirectly lead to lower power prices or at least signal that power prices may come under pressure from some of the same factors impacting oil.[read more]

Nuclear Facts and Feelings in Pink and Green, by Sunniva Rose

September 4, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear and Public Opinion

Sunniva Rose is a nuclear engineer working on her PhD at the University of Oslo. She is also a talented public speaker who likes to capture her audience’s attention, partially by choosing colors like pink and green to highlight facts about nuclear energy, deaths per terawatt hour, and growth in human population.[read more]

How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

September 3, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Shipping Pollution

In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.[read more]

Beirut's Garbage Crisis Mirrors Our Planet's Global Warming Crisis

September 3, 2015 by Henry Auer

Beirut and Global Warming

Just as Beirut’s current garbage crisis results in unconstrained buildup of garbage in its streets, so humanity’s continuing emission of carbon dioxide waste into the atmosphere results in unprecedented buildup of harmful greenhouse gases.[read more]

COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

September 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Prepping for Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change.[read more]

Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions

September 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Export Restrictions and Effects

A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.[read more]

Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States

September 3, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the space of a few minutes, Eric Loewen, a past president of the ANS and an engineering leader at GE-Hitachi, was hypothetically elevated through a series of positions including Chairman of the NRC, Secretary of Energy, President of the United States and President of the World.[read more]

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

September 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.[read more]

Do We Have a Wicked Problem to Deal With?

September 2, 2015 by David Hone
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Carbon Pricing and Environmental Policy

Two articles in Foreign Affairs highlight different routes forward for tacking the climate issue. One, by Michael Bloomberg, argues that the mitigation solution increasingly lies with cities (this isn’t just about city resilience) and the other puts the challenge squarely in front of the business community.[read more]

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Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges

September 1, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Reactor License Streamlining

Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations.[read more]

Can California Ignore its Neighbors?

September 1, 2015 by James Bushnell
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California and Neighborly Risk

The U.S., has operated its power system as a collection of balkanized fiefdoms. Evidence from around the country, indicates that merging utility system operations can be a big win economically by reducing the amount of fuel burned, improving network utilization, and increasing reliability.[read more]

Can Climate Advocates Innovate?

September 1, 2015 by Justin Guay
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Innovation and Environmental Advocacy

When it comes to climate change we are winning battles but losing the war. If we want to change our trajectory and solve a problem as complex as this, breakthrough innovation - in technology, business, governance, finance, and civil society - is essential.[read more]

The Paris Talks: Looking Behind the Scenes

August 31, 2015 by Elliot Diringer
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Negotiations toward a new global climate agreement resumed Monday in Bonn amid a growing concern that time to reach an agreement is running short – the agreement is due this December in Paris – and that the remaining task is monumental.[read more]

Optimism is the Way Forward: Nuclear Power Delivers

August 31, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear Power Potential

We had an important piece of good news this month as Sendai Unit 1 was restarted in Japan, ending a long period of no nuclear generation in that country after the Fukushima accident in 2011. Sendai Unit 2 is following close behind and Japan will continue to restart many of its nuclear plants.[read more]

Reduced Offshore Share in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production Lowers Risk from Hurricanes

August 31, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Offshore Energy and Weather Risk

Offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has experienced relatively minor disruptions because of tropical storms and hurricanes in recent years, and the NOAA has predicted a below-normal 2015 hurricane season in its updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released on August 6.[read more]