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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]

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Carbon Reduction through Energy Efficiency Isn’t Just a One-Man Show

Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency

Though ambitious carbon emission reduction goals are not exactly anything new, over the course of this past year there have been some exciting developments in pushing the envelope on carbon standards at the national and local levels in the United States.[read more]

What's a Bigger Business in Florida: Clean Energy or Ag Exports?

June 15, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Florida Energy and State Economics

If one were to ask what industry in Florida harbors the strongest growth prospects, it might be difficult to look beyond the state's bountiful agricultural products. But energy users and policymakers in the Sunshine State, led by Governor Rick Scott, should wake up to how fast clean energy is growing there.[read more]

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Procuring Clean Energy in the Developing World: The Appeal of Auctions and the Way Forward

Developing Nations, Clean Energy

Meeting rising energy demand with cost-effective new generation capacity is a critical challenge facing most developing countries. As policymakers and regulators seek out support schemes for clean energy, one procurement mechanism seems to lead the charge – the renewable energy auction.[read more]

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Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

June 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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A wave of green technology and clean energy innovation is fundamentally changing the way that building owners and other real estate investors are thinking about the role of electricity in the development and economics of real estate investments.[read more]

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

June 9, 2015 by Geoff Cooper
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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]

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Solar Microgrids: A Solution for Rural India

June 4, 2015 by Charlie Hewitt
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Rural Electrification in India

India’s population grew by over 200 million between 2004 and 2012. Rapid population growth, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and an expanding appetite for energy; all of these things are placing a huge strain on India’s power generation capabilities.[read more]

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Can Obama's Proposal to Reduce Total GHG Emissions by 26% be Achieved?

June 1, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and Greenhouse Emissions

President Obama recently announced plans to commit the United States to reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 26 percent. Is this U.S. GHG reduction commitment reasonably achievable over the course of the next 10 years?[read more]