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Resilience for Free: Protecting Vulnerable Communities

October 19, 2015 by Lewis Milford

Resilience and Communities

Clean Energy Group, through its Resilient Power Project, has released a new report analyzing the economics of resilient solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) systems for multifamily affordable housing. The report, Resilience for Free, models project expenses and savings/revenue over a 20-year period.[read more]

Four Takeaways from the Order 745 Supreme Court Arguments

October 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

What an honor to attend oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States. The building's stately presence and history provided quite the backdrop for arguments on an issue dear to me and many other energy geeks across this country.[read more]

With Increased Regulation, Continued Decline in Residual Fuel Oil Demand is Expected

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

Oil Demand Decline

Health and environmental concerns related to the high sulfur content of residual fuel oil (RFO) have led to new policies and regulations that have significantly lowered expectations for future RFO use globally. As the demand for RFO declines, the need for the refining upgrades will increase.[read more]

Better Together: Regional Power Pools in Africa are Worth the Challenge

October 13, 2015 by Amy Rose

Africa and Regional Energy

Despite an abundance of energy resources, electric power systems in Africa have been slow to develop, leaving a large portion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity. The growing interest in regional power pools across the continent could dramatically alter that trend.[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]

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]

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]


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]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

October 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Why Are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?

September 29, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Cali Gas Prices

“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” You see, while oil prices have been falling across the country, the gap between California gas prices and the rest of the U.S. has climbed to higher levels for a longer stretch than at any time in the last 20 years.[read more]

New State Laws Seek to Improve Transparency in Utility Leak Management

September 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Leaks and Transparency

A new Massachusetts law requiring gas utilities to annually report the location and age of known gas leaks has, for the first time, enabled the mapping of gas leaks from natural gas distribution across the state. This effort parallels EDF’s methane mapping project.[read more]

Rethinking ESS Certification: Is There a Better Way?

September 21, 2015 by James Greenberger

A binary, pass-fail system of certification for ESS systems threatens a dangerous disconnect between public interest and private industry. While minimum safety standards are necessary, real progress in ESS safety will come only when safety becomes an inseparable part of the economics of energy storage.[read more]

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

September 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Texas and Resource Decisions and Policy

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators.[read more]

Arctic Oil Drilling: Deluding Communities About the Benefits of Resource Extraction

September 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Alaska's oil bounty has long kept state taxes low and has created employment for people working in and around the local energy industry. The problem with an overreliance on resource extraction for wealth is that it leads to a boom and bust cycle caused by fluctuating prices.[read more]