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Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

July 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan
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Grid Integration in the West

The key barrier to the integration of renewables in the West is insufficient regional coordination. In order to develop a bulk electric grid that will be resilient, how the system is planned and operated and the means by which entities are compensated for the services they provide will need to evolve.[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]

Renewable Energy Delivers 70% of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

July 27, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015.[read more]

Renewable Tax Extenders Package Set To Emerge From Finance Committee

July 21, 2015 by Merrill Kramer
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Taxes and Renewables

Renewable energy is back on the docket for the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman Orrin Hatch is likely to release the draft of his bill soon. The Committee is considering a two-year extender for tax incentives for new wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and ocean energy projects during a markup.[read more]

Renewable Tax Extenders Package Set To Emerge From Finance Committee

July 20, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Renewable energy is back on the docket for the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is likely to release the draft of his bill as early as this week. The Committee is considering a two-year extender for tax incentives for new wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and ocean energy projects during a markup.[read more]

Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

July 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas Energy Markets

Over the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are moving away from traditional coal generation and toward alternative, cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

July 16, 2015 by Jeffrey Karp
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Questions on Microgrids

The traditional electricity distribution model can be viewed as a “macrogrid,” using a centrally located power station to provide electricity to an extensive territory. This model was designed during the early days of electrification with the objective of providing power to as many customers as possible.[read more]

Green Banking Goes Local

July 15, 2015 by Devashree Saha
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Green Banking

In June Montgomery County, Maryland became the first local jurisdiction in the nation to create a green bank. Green banks provide financing for renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that commercial sources will not yet provide on their own.[read more]

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]

Technological Advancements Support Sustainability

July 9, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Sustainability and Tech

As the respected Worldwatch Institute cites in its 2015 global status report, released in June 2015, renewable energy continued to grow during 2014 against the backdrop of increasing global energy consumption, particularly in developing countries, and a dramatic decline on oil prices.[read more]

Approaching Backfire: Energy Consumption in Developing Countries

July 8, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Energy consumption is going to explode in poor countries this century. Over 90 percent of the growth in energy consumption through 2050 will occur in non-OECD countries. These countries are also where the IEA hopes to reduce future demand growth the most in the name of mitigating climate change.[read more]

Sustainability Policy Is Taking Hold in China

July 7, 2015 by Steven Cohen

China Sustainability Policy

Whenever I try to analyze China's sustainability policies I am mindful of the fact that I am far from an expert on China's history, culture, economy or politics. Nevertheless, even a casual observer can see the intense drive to bring sustainability factors into the massive national mission to grow China's economy.[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]

Wind and Solar Will Soon Become the 'Least-Cost Option Almost Universally'

June 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Wind and Solar Costs

Two new reports on global demand for renewables forecast dramatic growth in nearly every region of the world over the coming decades. While promotion policies are still important for supporting the industry, conventional technologies like wind and solar are becoming cheap enough to compete without subsidies.[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]