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Jacopo Buongiorno: Bringing Outside Knowledge to the Nuclear Industry

November 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Industry Knowledge

Here’s a paradox facing today’s nuclear power industry: On one hand, an exciting range of new fission and fusion reactor technologies has spawned a number of startups. But market dynamics have conspired against the uptake of enabling technologies developed in other fields that could bring new options to nuclear.[read more]


India Must Ramp Up Nuclear to Meet Climate and Energy Goals

November 16, 2015 by Jarret Adams

With one-fifth of its 1.3 billion citizens without electricity and a rapidly growing economy, India must build a staggering amount of new power generation if it hopes to keep up with rising demand. But keeping control of its emissions means that it must maximize its use of low-carbon energy sources.[read more]

Despite Recent Closures, U.S. Nuclear Capacity is Scheduled to Increase by 2020

November 9, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Nuclear Capacity

Despite the scheduled closure of more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of nuclear generating capacity by 2019, scheduled additions of more than 5,000 MW of capacity between 2016 and 2020 could result in a net increase in total U.S. nuclear capacity.[read more]

Nuclear Power Economics Requires Believing In 'Impossible Things'

November 6, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

It is increasingly clear that the economics of nuclear power don’t add up. Just in the past two and a half years, for example, seven plants at six sites have been shut down due to uneconomic performance or massive equipment repair costs—and other plants are on the chopping block.[read more]

Dreaming of a Future with Abundant Clean Reliable Energy: Then Dream About Nuclear

October 30, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear and the Clean Energy Future

When we look to the future, the world is hopeful for an era of abundant reliable electricity supplying all of our energy needs. But in many western countries the politics of electricity planning has become largely a case of exploring the depths of our imagination with no real path to achieving this essential goal.[read more]

Trending Topics: The Future of Demand Response

October 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Demand Response and Change

One year ago, an appeals court decided to vacate FERC Order 745, holding that demand response can't be traded in wholesale energy markets. Now that the Supreme Court has held oral arguments in the appeal of the case and a final resolution is imminent, we contemplate how DR will fare and evolve.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage is BYOB

October 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Batteries and Energy Storage

Before the U.S. electric grid became centralized under utilities and independent system operators, it consisted of unorganized and unconnected generators. As distributed energy resources find their way into (and onto) more homes and businesses, it’s clear the grid’s future has a lot in common with its roots.[read more]

Who Will Lead the Clean Energy Future?

October 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy and Future Leadership

At the heart of every major transformation are the people carving the new path forward. The same goes for the transition currently occurring in our electricity system, which is moving away from traditional monopoly utilities relying on coal, to a world with distributed energy generation.[read more]

Talking Transitions: Markets for Wind and Solar

October 21, 2015 by Bentham Paulos

Renewable Energy Markets


What kind of market design do we need to decarbonize the power system? Is putting a price on carbon going to be enough, or are much more fundamental changes needed to reach our decarbonization goals. The debate continues in a new podcast.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

September 11, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Energy Efficiency and Access

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.[read more]

US Energy Future - Energy Efficiency, Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

August 27, 2015 by Willem Post

The U.S. could achieve a reduction of primary energy via energy efficiency measures, and build-outs of wind, solar and nuclear energy systems, so that the energy available to provide for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation energy requirements remains adequate.[read more]


Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen

Nuclear Innovation and Necessity

This is the first of four planned articles that will outline the recommendations from the Idaho National Laboratory led Nuclear Innovation Workshops, which cover the pressing need for designated test beds in order to advance nuclear innovation.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Understanding IRPs: How Utilities Plan for the Future

August 17, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Planning

In order for utilities to plan for meeting future energy demands in the most cost-effective way, many states require through regulation or legislation that utilities to file integrated resource plans (IRPs) with their state public utility commissions (PUCs).[read more]

India Issues Annual Targets for 100-Gigawatt Solar Mission

August 17, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

India Solar Targets

Can India install 5 gigawatts of rooftop solar by 2017? India has released a year-by-year roadmap for its aggressive solar target of 100 gigawatts by 2022. Rooftop solar is slated to account for 40 percent of the target, while larger grid-scale projects will make up the rest.[read more]

Regional Coordination and Markets: Key to a Renewable Energy Future

July 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

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]