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Distributed Batteries Offer Value Far Beyond Demand-Charge Reduction

October 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Battery Benefits

In the U.S., behind-the-meter energy storage is mostly sold to offset commercial peak demand charges. The business case works today in states such as California and New York, but it also leaves most of the battery’s value on the table, according to a new report from Rocky Mountain Institute.[read more]

Could High-Efficiency Homes Turn a Mortgage Backed Security Into a Green Bond?

October 9, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Could mortgage backed securities (MBS), backed by loans for high-efficiency houses, be the "impact investment" many investors are seeking as a way to fund America's clean energy future? If so, the MBS, the "toxic asset" of the 2008 financial crises, could become a virtuous "green bond."[read more]

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

October 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Carbon Removal

Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. The enormity of that task can be distilled to one number: two.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 1: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Ever since the EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the rule’s 1,560 pages of dense text (and an equally daunting pile of Technical Support Documents) have kept legal analysts and policy wonks busy and bleary-eyed. Perhaps the most important group of readers, however, are state regulators.[read more]

Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

October 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

The urgency of climate change demands solutions that work. So, a clear-eyed assessment of how well policies and programs perform is critical, no matter the results. Using rigorous evidence to inform policy design and implementation is the only way to ensure that we effectively confront climate change.[read more]

Addressing the World's Flare Gas Problem

October 8, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Flare Gas and Environmental Risk


I don’t generally use this column to discuss the projects that I am working on. In fact, it’s been more than 2 years since I did. But I often get inquiries about where I am and what I am doing, so in today’s column I thought I would update readers who may be interested.[read more]

Who's Reserving All Those Tesla Batteries and What Do They Plan On Using Them For?

October 8, 2015 by Jay Stein

Tesla Batteries and Use

The prospects for Tesla batteries for residential solar storage and time-of-use arbitrage are dismal, so why are so many people lining up to buy? Because there are three additional major applications that have market potential: residential backup power, commercial demand-charge management, and grid-scale storage.[read more]

3 Ways Public Dollars Can Embrace Risk, Catalyze Emerging Market Clean Energy

October 7, 2015 by Justin Guay

Energy Investment Risk and Public Funding

It's easy to feel as though clean tech is an unstoppable juggernaut when you see unfathomably large clean energy targets in emerging markets like India. But unless those of us with mandates that go beyond making money embrace risk we could strand the development of important clean tech markets.[read more]

Canada Has a Big Climate Opportunity, but will Policy Makers Seize It?

October 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Canada Climate Opportunity

A new analysis out recently, Conducted by ICF International, shows Canada’s oil and gas sector can achieve substantial cuts in emissions of methane – a powerful pollutant and the primary ingredient in natural gas – using low-cost pollution controls.[read more]

Nuclear Energy's Low-Carbon Attributes Increase Public Support

October 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear, Carbon, and Public Opinion

Awareness of nuclear energy’s leading role in preventing greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector solidifies the conviction among an overwhelming majority of Americans that the technology is important to the nation’s energy and environmental future.[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]

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]


80-Year Old Law Determines Whether Demand Response Can Bid in to Wholesale Electricity Markets

October 5, 2015 by Ari Peskoe

Demand response is an important tool for creating a flexible power grid. But the fate of a key financing and deployment mechanism for DR is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. This article explains the legal debate and concludes that the court's decision could have implications for other energy technologies.[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]

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