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Mexico's Energy Reforms: Is the Country Now Open for Business? [PODCAST]

August 28, 2015 by Robert Rapier

A Discussion of Mexico's Energy Reforms

In August 2014, Mexico enacted a series of comprehensive energy reform laws, promising to radically transform the electricity and oil and gas sectors. Long controlled by state-owned companies, Mexican President Peña Nieto intended the reforms to open his nation's energy sector for new investment.[read more]

Activists Are Superfans, and Other Roundtable Revelations

July 16, 2015 by Matt Stewart

Activism is rarely thought of positively. We usually associate activists with customers (or shareholders) who don’t like the way a company is going and will petulantly alert stakeholders, and disrupt the normal flow of business until they’re outmaneuvered, ignored or victorious. But activists are, fundamentally, superfans.[read more]

Is the U.S. Market Ready for Distributed Batteries Like Tesla's Powerwall? [PODCAST]

May 11, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Tesla and Distributed Battery Markets

Tesla’s new stationary storage units have everyone talking about distributed batteries. But is the U.S. market ready for them? This week, we’ll talk about what needs to happen on a regulatory level to take distributed storage beyond the hype.[read more]

Our Energy Vocabulary: The Words We Use for the Stuff We Can't See

April 9, 2015 by Anna P. Goldstein

Energy and Vocabulary

It’s hard to talk about energy. Energy is fundamental to all facets of life on Earth. So it’s no surprise that folks who spend their days talking about energy have had to develop a special vocabulary, in order to have concrete discussions about an enigmatic concept.[read more]

In Focus: Energy Union - A Serious Test for European Integration [VIDEO]

February 24, 2015 by David Thual

Europe and the Energy Union Test

Leading energy journalist Hughes Belin investigates the prospects of the Energy Union strategy and its governance structure for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, ahead of the European Commission’s official presentation on 25 February.[read more]


Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 24, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

The Limits of Planetary Boundaries 2.0

January 20, 2015 by Barry Brook

Measuring Boundaries

In 2013 I led research that critiqued the ‘Planetary Boundaries‘ concept. Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats. Recently a paper appeared titled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet," which attempts to refine and clarify the concept.[read more]

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Oil Prices Tumble: Impacts on the Economy, Geopolitics, and the Future of Clean Energy #EnergyChat

January 20, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Tweet Chat on the Impact of the Oil Price Collapse


Global oil prices have been in freefall over the past six months, tumbling from a high of $115 per barrel to less than $50 per barrel this week. And that changes, well, pretty much everything in the energy world. To get to the bottom of all of it, I recently hosted a live #EnergyChat on Twitter on January 12th.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities are Most Valuable When they Stay Invisible'

June 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Utility Value


On the last day of this year’s 37th IAEE International Conference in New York a distinguished panel of experts discussed the profound challenges the traditional utility business model is facing from different vantage points with their own distinct points of departure.[read more]

Road to Daegu Series: What are Game Changers in Energy Systems Globally? [VIDEO]

October 30, 2013 by Sheila Oliva

Road to Daegu: Game Changers

As our “Road to Daegu” activities came to an end at the World Energy Congress, Siemens hosted its final Round Table discussion. The panel was tasked with pulling together previous discussions and looking at the big picture of how energy systems are changing around the globe.[read more]

Robert Stone Addresses Anti-nuclear Heckler at Australian Showing of Pandora's Promise

October 16, 2013 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Discussion

From the moment he first started thinking about producing a documentary that showed nuclear energy in a favorable light, Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, recognized that he was going to be under intense scrutiny from people that adamantly oppose nuclear technology.[read more]

Changing the tone of the Climate Change discourse

January 26, 2012 by Simon Donner

In a short article on the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, Keith Kloor compares online climate change discourse to a "roller derby" and a "street fight" Taken together, the intimidation tactics of climate science bashers and the new pressure campaigns, by allies of the concerned climate community, promise to, if nothing else...[read more]

Can one person change a company? Discuss…

October 25, 2010 by Marc Gunther

I’m giving a speech to the grocery and food manufacturing industry–and I’d like your help. I’ll be the closing keynote speaker at a Sustainability Summit in December in Arlington, Va., organized by the Food Marketing Institute, a trade association of grocery retailers and wholesalers (Ahold, Kroger, Price Chopper, Publix, Wegman’s, Winn...[read more]

Weigh in on the Most Important Issues of Our Time

October 7, 2008 by Robin Carey

We're introducing a new page at The Energy Collective today and we'd like to invite all of you all to be part of it.  It's called The Hippodrome and it's a place for public discussion of issues that have an impact on climate change and environmental issues. This will remain a private back channel but there are some many great...[read more]