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Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar Energy in Virginia: Tony Smith

August 26, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Solar Energy Forefront in Virginia

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for the implementation of cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.[read more]

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Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Nuclear Innovation and Necessity

This is the first of four planned articles that will outline the recommendations from the Idaho National Laboratory led Nuclear Innovation Workshops, which cover the pressing need for designated test beds in order to advance nuclear innovation.[read more]

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Will the Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty become a Threat to U.S. Energy Security?

August 21, 2015 by John Miller
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Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Energy Security

The Obama Administration negotiated changes to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that is supposed to curtail Iran’s possible nuclear weapons development for 10-15 years. While the pros and cons of this treaty are being strongly debated in Congress, the risks to U.S. energy security are apparently not a priority concern.[read more]

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Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

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How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Comparisons to Other U.S. Climate Policies

August 7, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Policy Comparisons

As any regular reader of the Energy Collective knows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday. There’s been a debate over just how important the final CPP actually is and how it stacks up against prior actions taken by the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

Surviving Decarbonization

August 3, 2015 by Jim Baird

Decarbonization and Planning

Using the ocean's heat sink to dump the ocean surface heat may be one of the very few feasible methods to reverse the seemingly irreversible phenomenon of global warming before all major species on earth become part of the sixth mass extinction.[read more]

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Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

July 28, 2015 by John Miller
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Oil Sands and Carbon Neutrality

The Argonne National Laboratory published a study that indicates Canadian Oil Sands imports would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% greater than existing conventional U.S. domestic crudes. Is this study reasonably accurate or is it feasible that actual Oil Sands imports could be almost carbon neutral?[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]

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Making Deregulation Work: Developing a Consumer Friendly Energy Market

Deregulation and Consumer Choice

The restructuring of energy markets in over twenty states since the 1990s has offered consumers with choices for their electricity generation services. The introduction of consumer choice should create an environment that is conducive for accountability and transparency in retail rates.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: Can Carbon Capture and Storage Deliver?

July 7, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Capture Potential?

Carbon capture and storage technology promises fossil fuels without the carbon dioxide. But can the fledgling technology deliver on this promise? On May 27th, I hosted an Energy Collective #EnergyChat webinar, sponsored by Shell, on precisely this topic.[read more]

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Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

July 1, 2015 by John Miller
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Emissions Priorities

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed gas and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives?[read more]

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Watering Down the Energy Debate

June 29, 2015 by David Hess
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Energy Debate

Water is essential for the production of energy. Energy facilities both consume water and have impacts on the aquatic ecosystems they interact with. These interactions are complex however and it is a mistake to over-simplify – one we must avoid if we are to meet our future energy needs sustainably.[read more]

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Natural Gas Production in East Africa: An Inevitable Resource Curse?

June 25, 2015 by Neha Nandakumar

African Resources and Consequences

East African nations are experiencing a boom in oil and natural gas production that is increasingly exported by Western companies. While these activities may appear to be an economic boon to these countries, they could potentially cause natural gas to be a “resource curse” for developing nations.[read more]

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How Much Land Does Solar, Wind and Nuclear Energy Require?

June 24, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Land use impacts of solar wind and nuclear energy.

Does wind and solar take up too much land to be practical? Does the extreme energy density of nuclear fuel make it the ecologically ideal energy source? In this post, I run the numbers on the land use impact of wind, solar, nuclear and other energy sources.[read more]