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Environmental Working Group Prefers Keystone Pipeline to Low-Carbon Renewable Fuels. No, Really

June 9, 2015 by Geoff Cooper

Keystone Pipeline Policy

In recent weeks the Environmental Working Group and others have been promoting a study that suggests corn ethanol is worse for the climate than the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and gasoline produced from Canadian tar sands. That’s like saying apple juice is worse for the human body than arsenic.[read more]


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

June 8, 2015 by Morry Markowitz

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]

EPA's Blown Call on Ethanol

June 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

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]

Friday Energy Facts: Renewable Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

May 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables Consumption Share

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of the total United States domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply.[read more]

Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[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]

Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

May 14, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Biomass and Fuel Replacement

Natural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility was recently constructed to replace natural gas-fired heating.[read more]

Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

May 11, 2015 by Willem Post

The renovated City of Montpelier, Vermont district heating plant is a wood chip-fired plant that also has a capacity of 40 million Btu's per hour. The plant heats a total area of 411,000 square feet through the use of a steam loop and a hot water loop.[read more]


Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

UK's Renewable Energy Targets Drive Increases in U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

April 26, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

UK Renewables Target Effects

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for April [VIDEO]

April 15, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News for April

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union environment and climate policy developments on the continent.[read more]


Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Transportation

April 9, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing short of a global superstar today. But that wasn’t always the case. Like many entrepreneurs, Elon started small, launching an online business directory for newspapers with his brother.[read more]


Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

Biofuels, Hunger, and Climate: Fixing California's LCFS Analysis

April 6, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Despite their shortcomings, it’s too soon to give up on biofuel LCAs. Lifecycle GHG emission models can help characterize the GHG performance of biofuels in general terms, but only if policymakers at California ARB and other agencies ensure that LCAs steer us toward, rather than away from, our policy objectives.[read more]