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Opening the Small Commercial Solar Market

June 22, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

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While the solar market has been exploding over the past few years, the small commercial segment of the market, made up of locations like apartment buildings, office buildings, small businesses, factories, warehouses, and hospitals, has been extraordinarily slow to develop.[read more]

Connecting CMOs, PPMs, and Joules

June 18, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

I have often been asked questions like how many cubic miles of CO2 do we produce when we burn a cubic mile of oil, and how many ppms does that represent. In this post, I will make some simplifying, yet reasonable, assumptions to provide answers to these and other questions.[read more]

The First Energy Revolution: Tesla Energy Changes Everything

June 17, 2015 by Ken Trough
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Has Tesla Changed the Energy Industry

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk recently introduced Tesla Energy, a suite of stationary battery products designed to help wean the world off fossil fuels. While a battery introduction may not seem like a world-changing event to many, it actually heralds the beginning of the First Energy Revolution.[read more]

Chevron's John Watson Should Follow Pronuclear Words with Nuclear Energy Investments

June 17, 2015 by Rod Adams

During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June of 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that certainly deserves more attention and follow up from journalists.[read more]

Smart Grid for Good: How the Texas PUC is Putting Money Back into the Pockets of Texans

June 16, 2015 by Wannie Park

Texas has a legacy of pioneering smart grid initiatives. Since 2007, Texas has installed over seven million smart meters, an achievement that helped it rank first on GridWise Alliance’s “2013 Grid Modernization Index, "tied with California, a state also thought of for its forward-thinking energy policy.[read more]

Why EIA, IEA, and BP Oil Forecasts are Too High

June 12, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Forecasting and Risk

When forecasting how much oil will be available in future years, a standard approach seems to be the following: 1. Figure out how much GDP growth the researcher hopes to have in the future. 2. “Work backward” to see how much oil is needed, based on how much oil was used for a given level of GDP in the past.[read more]

Energy Storage is Critical Issue at Utility Industry's Conference in New Orleans

June 12, 2015 by Matt Roberts
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The Criticality of Energy Storage

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf Coast, the conference highlighted the immense importance of the utility companies in ensuring resiliency and reliability as increasingly intense storms challenge our aging infrastructure.[read more]

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Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

June 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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A wave of green technology and clean energy innovation is fundamentally changing the way that building owners and other real estate investors are thinking about the role of electricity in the development and economics of real estate investments.[read more]

Our Clean Energy Future: Batteries (Maybe) Included

June 9, 2015 by Curtis Seymour
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America’s electricity system is transforming, driven by new, clean technologies—batteries not included. Depending on how the portfolio of clean energy is deployed, it may be a long time before we actually need batteries to achieve a low-carbon electricity system. The jury is still out on the topic.[read more]

EPA's Blown Call on Ethanol

June 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Last Friday the US Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited proposal for untangling a broken federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Although it provides all parties with greater certainty, it fails to resolve the regulation's fundamental flaws.[read more]

Hero Worship of a Corporate Welfare King - Elon Musk

June 2, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Government Subsidies and Clean Energy

Musk has been an enormous beneficiary of government largess and some of his enterprises would close their doors tomorrow if the subsidy spigot that supports them was turned down even a little bit.[read more]

Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Power Plant Risk

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.

The ever-worsening effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western United States during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought.[read more]

NRC Develops New Fees for SMRs

June 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a policy paper released in mid-May that it will develop a new fee schedule for small modular reactors. The new fees will be significantly less than those charged to full size 1000 MW or larger units. SMRs typically are designed to have electrical power ratings of 300 MW or less.[read more]

It's Time to Put Nuclear on the Offensive, and Make it the Low Carbon Choice

May 28, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Decarbonization

The expansion ofnuclear power is essential in achieving a future of increased energy security, diversity of fuel supply and lower emissions; and is already expected to have the largest impact on meeting climate goals of any other single technology.[read more]

Senate Bill Would Create America's First National Energy Storage Target

May 28, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Storage and Utilities

Under the bill, called the Energy Storage and Deployment Act of 2015, large retail electric utilities would need to meet at least 1 percent of their peak demand from storage by 2021. By the end of 2024, they'd need to meet at least 2 percent of peak load with storage[read more]