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Regional Coordination and Markets: Key to a Renewable Energy Future

July 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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In the Western U.S. a major change in how the electrical system is operated is underway. It is driven by economics, environment, and reliability concerns. This change, from a balkanized, inefficiently operated grid to a coordinated, consolidated grid may just be the key to our renewable energy future.[read more]

Green and Growing, or Ripe and Rotting?

Green Growth

Nathalie Girouard, Head of the Environmental Performance and Information Division Environment Directorate at the OECD, discusses the various findings and implications to be found in their new report "Towards Green Growth? Tracking Progress".[read more]

How the Transition to Renewable Energy Could Come

June 16, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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While I do not believe that a carbon tax is practical or feasible, I do believe the transition to renewable energy is practical, feasible and necessary. We need to address the problem of global warming and to do that we need to gradually replace fossil fuels with other forms of energy.[read more]

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Fuel Cells: Opening New Markets for Today's Energy Resources

June 8, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Fuel cells began to gain traction over a decade ago when fuel cells showed that they fit well in a range of early applications, competing head to head with incumbent technologies. Fuel cells have demonstrated their versatility as a reliable and clean power generation source in a number of sectors.[read more]

Is Vaclav Smil a Pessimist or Voice of Uncomfortable Truths?

June 2, 2015 by Tracey Durning
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Vaclav Smil was accused of being a “pessimist" because of his recent article titled 'Revolution? More like a Crawl'. The title doesn't reek of optimism, but the article acknowledges the advances being made in today's energy landscape, yet refrains from turning that reality into a narrative of solving climate change.[read more]

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

Decarbonizing Development to Secure a Sustainable Future

Decarbonization and Planning

In the past few years, the World Bank has redoubled its efforts to promote sustainable economic development by identifying two goals that can help measure progress towards this objective: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity.[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Which Technologies Will Make New York's Energy Vision a Reality?

May 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Planning New York's Energy Future

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a bold new model of the electrical utility system and energy markets called Reforming the Energy Vision to eliminate electricity peaks in summer and better value efficiency and distributed resources at the grid edge.[read more]

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

May 18, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Markets and Energy Booms

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, Energy Information Administration Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.[read more]

First Real Debate on the EU Energy Union Reveals Top Priorities [VIDEO]

May 18, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy Union Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Anders Marvik (Statoil EU Affairs) to debate the question: “Where to next for the Energy Union?"[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Projected Electric Capacity Additions are Below Recent Historical Levels

May 15, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Electrical Capacity and the Future

Capacity additions through 2017, much of which are under construction, average about 17 GW per year and about half are nonhydro renewable plants (mainly wind and solar) prompted by federal tax incentives and renewable portfolio standards.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You, You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part II: The Ideas of Power

May 11, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Batteries and Energy

The utility industry isn’t threatened by a disruptive technology, but by a disruptive idea: that it’s incumbent on utilities to provide free storage and backup services to solar panel owners. The main manifestation of this idea is net metering, and it’s the law of the land in 44 states.[read more]

Natural Gas, Renewables Projected to Provide Larger Shares of Electricity Generation

May 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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U.S. Fuels and the Future

EIA projects that electricity consumption will increase at an average annual rate of 0.8% from 2013 to 2040, nearly in line with expected population growth. Continuing a recent trend toward lower levels of carbon-intensive generation, natural gas and renewable generation meet almost all of the increase.[read more]

Hawaii's Advanced Energy 'Postcard From the Future'

May 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Hawaii and Advanced Energy

Ah, Hawaii. The palm trees sway in the tropical breezes, the volcanoes cast long shadows on beautiful white sand beaches, and diesel-fired power plants generate electricity at the highest prices in the country. Big things are afoot for the electricity system of this tiny U.S. state, though.[read more]