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Energy on the Edge: Understanding the Challenge

December 1, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Paris and the Challenges to Come

Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the COP 21 conference that runs through the end of next week. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are on the agenda.[read more]

COP21: Is 5 Years Better Than 10?

December 1, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Future Energy Plans

As COP21 starts and the negotiators face the task of reaching an agreement, one of the most important points of discussion will be the review and recalibration of INDCs. Many organisations, including some business based ones, are arguing for a five yearly review of the national contributions.[read more]

Why Renewable Energies are Causing an Increase of Coal Power in Germany

November 30, 2015 by Mika Reichel

Coal and Germany

Opinions differ about the German energy transition. As always with energy, it is important to look at the actual facts and statistics while paying attention to the details; such as the difference between electricity production (GWh and installed capacity (GW).[read more]

China and India Drive Recent Changes in World Coal Trade

November 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal and Imports

Global trade of coal grew from 2008 to 2013, but in 2014, it declined for the first time in 21 years. China and India accounted for 98% of the increase in world coal trade from 2008 to 2013, but declines in China's import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and in 2015 as well.[read more]

The Eiffel Tower Guide to the UN Climate Change Summit

November 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Paris Agreement Possibilities

Here is why I am so hopeful about the UN climate mega-gathering in Paris starting today, November 30th: There is a very encouraging new global architecture for climate action being forged in Paris over the next two weeks; and It is embodied perfectly in the Eiffel Tower.[read more]

Alberta's New Climate Plan: Can Alberta Be a Model for Texas?

November 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Alberta and Texas and Planning for the Climate

On Monday, Premier Rachel Notley announced Alberta’s new climate plan, which is supported by a detailed report from a panel of experts. The centerpiece of the plan is a $30/tonne price on carbon emissions in Alberta that is implemented through a modified tax dubbed a “carbon competitiveness regulation.”[read more]

How Critics Try (and Fail) to Attack Carbon Pricing

November 27, 2015 by Noah Kaufman

Carbon Pricing

Carbon pricing is rapidly gaining popularity, with more than 60 national and subnational programs as well as endorsements from key political figures and more than 1,000 corporations. Like anything that goes mainstream, a backlash was inevitable.[read more]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

November 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]

Let the Planning Continue, Part 2: Even in States that have Sued EPA, Progress Toward Compliance

November 24, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Policy and the CPP

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. However, the vast majority of states have started some part of the process of convening stakeholders, soliciting public input, and talking with EPA - even if those states that are suing.[read more]

The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

November 24, 2015 by Hao Tan

China and Energy Consumption

On November 3rd, the New York Times carried a front page report that China has revised its estimates of how much coal it has been burning, and concluding that its carbon emissions have been higher than had been previously reported and assumed.[read more]

Paris Can Be a Key Step

November 23, 2015 by Robert Stavins

My purpose today, in this essay, is to explain why I believe that the Paris climate talks may in fact turn out to be a key step in the international negotiations, and more important, a significant step in efforts to address the threat of climate change.[read more]

Let the Planning Continue, Part 1: With Lawsuits as Backdrop, States Make Progress on Clean Power Plan

November 23, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan and State Choices

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the Federal Register on October 23rd prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. This post provides a scorecard on the states currently involved in the legal action — 45 in all.[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

One Million Tonnes of CO2

November 18, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

The first week of November sees Shell officially open its first major carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility, called the Quest project. It is in Alberta, Canada and will capture and store about one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.[read more]

Uses of Revenues from Carbon Pricing

November 17, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The introduction of carbon pricing is often accompanied by concerns about the effects on energy prices on lower income households. Rises in electricity prices to households due to pricing of power sector emissions are of concern even under schemes such as the EUETS which do not directly cover households.[read more]

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