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No Climate Solution Without Nuclear, Experts Say

November 26, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Climate and Nuclear Solutions

The massive worldwide investment in renewable energy, including wind and solar, is good news for the environment. The bad news is that these low-carbon energy sources cannot on their own achieve the COP21 goal of preventing the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).[read more]


Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[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]


India Must Ramp Up Nuclear to Meet Climate and Energy Goals

November 16, 2015 by Jarret Adams

With one-fifth of its 1.3 billion citizens without electricity and a rapidly growing economy, India must build a staggering amount of new power generation if it hopes to keep up with rising demand. But keeping control of its emissions means that it must maximize its use of low-carbon energy sources.[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]

Texas Expected to Keep Breaking Wind Generation Records as Wind Capacity Grows

November 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Wind Capacity

Wind generation on the Texas electric system recently hit several all-time highs. The latest all-time instantaneous peak of 12,238 megawatts (MW) reached on October 22 replaced the short-lived records of 11,467 MW on September 13 and 11,950 MW on October 21.[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]

Chinese Policies Aim to Increase Energy Efficiency in Buildings

November 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Building Efficiency

From 1998 to 2012, the energy consumption of buildings in China grew by about 7.7% per year, much faster than China's average annual population increase, which was less than 1% per year. This growth was driven by growing incomes and modernization that significantly increased the use of electricity.[read more]

RIP Incandescent Light Bulbs?

November 3, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

The Changing of the Bulbs

If light bulbs were power plants, the bulb in our basement would be a peaker – used very rarely but providing high value when called on. In addition to its 10 minutes of use around Halloween, it gets another 10 minutes before Christmas as I run down to the basement to grab the tree stand.[read more]

Fast-Acting Flexibility at a Premium for a Green-Powered Western Grid

November 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Flexibility in the Western Grid

The Western U.S. power grid could use a lot more 15-minute energy resources to help it bring more solar and wind power on-line. And that's a job that batteries, demand response, and quick-start generators can do a lot better than big fossil-fuel-fired power plants.[read more]

Dreaming of a Future with Abundant Clean Reliable Energy: Then Dream About Nuclear

October 30, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear and the Clean Energy Future

When we look to the future, the world is hopeful for an era of abundant reliable electricity supplying all of our energy needs. But in many western countries the politics of electricity planning has become largely a case of exploring the depths of our imagination with no real path to achieving this essential goal.[read more]

India Likely to Experience Continued Growth in Electricity Use for Air Conditioning

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

India and AC Needs

Energy demand for space cooling is growing rapidly in India and around the world, driven by rising incomes and a natural preference for certain ambient air temperatures. Currently, India has a relatively low penetration of air conditioning, while the United States is a much more saturated market.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October and November 2015 [VIDEO]

October 28, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy, we provide an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including State of the Energy Union, €300 million grant agreement on a gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania, and the new illustrative nuclear programme (PINC).[read more]

Trending Topics: The Future of Demand Response

October 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Demand Response and Change

One year ago, an appeals court decided to vacate FERC Order 745, holding that demand response can't be traded in wholesale energy markets. Now that the Supreme Court has held oral arguments in the appeal of the case and a final resolution is imminent, we contemplate how DR will fare and evolve.[read more]

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