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Taking A Step Back Brings Energy Revolution Clearly Into Focus

November 25, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Energy Revolution Analysis

It is very easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutia of the revolution currently under way in the energy industry. But two recent reports, one highlighting where we’ve been and the second pointing to where we are going, are a useful grounding tool.[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]

North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring Targets Challenged by Rapid Production Growth

November 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Flaring and Production Risks

Increases in North Dakota's crude oil production have resulted in increased associated natural gas production from oil reservoirs. Because of insufficient infrastructure to collect, gather, and transport this natural gas, about one-fifth of North Dakota's natural gas production is flared rather than marketed.[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]

If You Like Your Time-Invariant Electricity Price, You Can Keep It

November 17, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Electricity Pricing and Models

Shouldn’t a 2000-square-foot house in San Francisco cost the same as in Omaha? If you answered yes, then time-varying electricity pricing won’t make much sense to you either. And you are probably puzzled, or outraged, at how much more expensive wrapping paper is on December 15 than on January 1.[read more]

The December 2015 Paris Conference on Global Warming

November 17, 2015 by Henry Auer

The U.N. is convening in Paris in December. The objective is to finalize a new treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast to the Kyoto Protocol, the draft treaty under consideration would apply equally to all nations and would achieve reductions in emissions by stated policy objectives.[read more]

Working Natural Gas in Storage Matches Record Level

November 11, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Storage

Working natural gas in storage reached 3,929 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of the date of October 30, according to EIA's latest Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. This level matches the previous weekly record of 3,929 Bcf set November 2, 2012.[read more]

Do Bloom Fuel Cells Qualify as Low-Emissions Distributed Generation?

November 11, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Fuel Cells and Emissions

In a just newly revised proposed decision, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) lowered the emissions threshold to be eligible for its Self-Generation Incentive Program subsidy to 334 kilograms of CO2 per megawatt-hour in 2016.[read more]

Harvesting More Energy from Photons

November 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Getting more Energy from the Sun

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have found a way to significantly boost the energy that can be harnessed from sunlight, a finding that could lead to better solar cells or light detectors. The new approach is based on the discovery that unexpected quantum effects increase the number of charge carriers.[read more]

Getting Sustainability on the Agenda of Our Dysfunctional Federal Government

November 10, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week I participated in a very timely panel discussion at Columbia University on the impact of climate and the environment on the 2016 elections. The panel was moderated by Chuck Todd, the brilliant and politically savvy moderator of NBC's Meet the Press.[read more]

Regional Electricity Markets Needed

November 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Plans to create and expand regional electricity markets in the West -- which would allow more electricity sales across state borders -- have been criticized by some as a threat to California's ability to reduce climate-warming carbon pollution from power generation. Nothing could be further from the truth.[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]

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