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Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[read more]


80-Year Old Law Determines Whether Demand Response Can Bid in to Wholesale Electricity Markets

October 5, 2015 by Ari Peskoe

Demand response is an important tool for creating a flexible power grid. But the fate of a key financing and deployment mechanism for DR is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. This article explains the legal debate and concludes that the court's decision could have implications for other energy technologies.[read more]


Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]


Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]


Change Ahead: Cutting Carbon from U.S. Highways

October 1, 2015 by Wisconsin Energy Institute

Highway Carbon Costs

What will it take to make a cross-country drive in a light duty vehicle a low-carbon pursuit? According to Paul Meier, it will take a combination of three advances: a large increase in the adoption of electric vehicle use, a huge uptick in biofuels production, and a change in the habits of U.S. drivers.[read more]


The Winds of Change: Wind Energy PPAs Are the Future for Data Centers

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Wind Energy and Data Centers

In the cutting-edge tech industry, it’s not surprising that big name companies are at the forefront of green energy. This new energy market harnesses the power of renewable resources to generate electricity instead of relying on oil, gas and nuclear plants.[read more]


Winter Is Coming: Home Improvements You Need to Make

September 24, 2015 by Terri Engels

Winter and Home Maintenance

The changing of the seasons can bring about all kinds of flux. You’ve packed away your beach chairs for the year, embraced sweater chic and shut off your AC. While a puffy parka and a cup of hot cocoa may warm your soul, what can you do to give your home the same kind of seasonal compassion?[read more]


Avoiding(?) The Next Fukushima

September 11, 2015 by Robert Hargraves

Nuclear Risk and Planning

The Fukushima disaster is ending. No member of the public was injured by radiation. People are moving back home. Processed, mildly radioactive water is being released into the sea. Japan nuclear power plants are being restarted and world-wide construction resumed.[read more]


Congress: Extend the Investment Tax Credit for Advanced Energy Technologies

September 9, 2015 by Morry Markowitz

Unless Congress acts quickly, the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to help support capital investment in alternative energy systems will disappear at the end of 2015. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) urges Congress to extend this important tax provision for five years.[read more]


Semantics Matter: How the Phrasing of Climate Science Articles Can Foster Inaction, and What to Do About It

September 8, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash

Climate Science and Semantics/shutterstock

The way climate communicators phrase predictions matters—poor word choices can foster hopelessness and apathy in the effort to reverse climate change. Here's how to message climate science in a way that promotes action in those that care about such an important issue.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

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]


Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges

September 1, 2015 by Todd Allen

Reactor License Streamlining

Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations.[read more]


Interoperability and Distributed Intelligence: OMNETRIC Group's Project with U.S. Energy Department's NREL

August 31, 2015 by Wade Malcolm

Grid Development and Energy Partnerships

To better operate an increasingly complex and crowded grid, greater interoperability across disparate devices and systems is needed. For greater responsiveness, more decisions need to be made at the edge, which is only possible if there is more intelligence in the distribution network.[read more]


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]


Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen

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]


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

August 21, 2015 by John Miller

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]


Crowdfunders Threaten the Cozy World of Largescale Renewable Energy Provision

August 21, 2015 by Aedan Kernan

A bid to crowdfund a 350 MW offshore wind project in Denmark looked likely to provide the ‘usual suspects’ with some stiff competition, that is, until the moment when the Danish government blocked it. Now, the crowdfunders are starting to fight back.[read more]


Methane's Impact: An Under-Estimation of Global Significance

August 21, 2015 by Matt de la Houssaye

Global Methane Risk

According to IPCC estimates, by the end of this century the global temperature will increase between 1.5°C and 4.5°C relative to the average of the 1880’s. Outcomes from this can be a higher chance of extreme weather events, crop shortages, and an elevated sea level due to the melting Antarctic ice sheet.[read more]


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

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

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]


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]