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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]

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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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Fuel Cells: Opening New Markets for Today's Energy Resources

June 8, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Fuel cells began to gain traction over a decade ago when fuel cells showed that they fit well in a range of early applications, competing head to head with incumbent technologies. Fuel cells have demonstrated their versatility as a reliable and clean power generation source in a number of sectors.[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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What’s Good for the EV Is Good for the Utility

June 4, 2015 by Andy Stone
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Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The role of utilities in the EV charging market has been a subject of debate in state capitols, where concern has been voiced that power companies have a natural operating advantage that could quash competition.[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]

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Will Natural Gas Generation Slow Progress on Climate and Renewables?

June 1, 2015 by Andy Stone

Natural Gas and GHG Emissions

In the US natural gas doesn’t just displace coal, it acts as a substitute to cleaner forms of generation to a very significant degree. This effect isn’t universal, and in China natural gas is expected to substitute largely for coal, with a much smaller impact on wind power.[read more]

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Electric Utilities Must Steer Clear Of Never-Never Land

June 1, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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Electric Utilities

Reporters spend a great deal of time reading—so much so that at times the corporate PR begins to blend together, blah, blah, blah, I’ve heard it all before. But a press release I read this week from Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. snapped me back to reality.[read more]

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Fossil Fuels Without the CO2: Can Carbon Capture and Storage Deliver? [PODCAST]

May 31, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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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. For a full hour, we chatted with a panel of experts on carbon capture and...[read more]

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EIA Details Utility Sector Impact of Clean Power Plan

May 28, 2015 by Andy Stone

Clean Power Plan and Generation Mix

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a snapshot of the extent to which EPA’s plan will accelerate the decline of domestic coal fired generation, coal production, and provide a tail wind for natural gas and renewables.[read more]

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Europe Keeps Putting More Wind on the Grid: Denmark Blows Past 40 Percent Wind Power, Germany and United Kingdom Approach 10 Percent

May 27, 2015 by Matt Roney
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Offshore Wind Power in Europe

In January 2014, Denmark’s wind electricity output was enough to meet an astonishing 62 percent of its electricity demand. By 2016, wind will be Denmark’s cheapest source of electricity, according to a government report, costing half as much as new coal- or natural gas-fired generation.[read more]

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Internalized Costs of Storage Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

May 26, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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And now, the results ...

This article summarizes the findings on the internalized costs of various energy storage technologies. The selected technologies include such things as pumped hydro, compressed air, synfuels, and various battery technologies (lead-acid, Li-ion and flow).[read more]

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Continuing to Serve Their Country: How Veterans Grow the Wind Industry

May 25, 2015 by Mark Albenze
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Veterans & the wind industry

We recognize that hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line. Military veterans have acquired extensive technical training and experience through their service, which makes them uniquely qualified for many positions – particularly in the wind industry.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]