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Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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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]

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

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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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]

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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]

A Look at Wind and Solar, Part 2: Is There An Upper Limit To Variable Renewables?

May 28, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Grid Limits to Renewable Energy Integration

As our journey through the world’s variable renewable energy leaders illustrates, while wind and solar have come a long way, they have only recently reached double-digit penetration at the grid-wide level in a couple of places.[read more]

A Look at Wind and Solar Energy, Part 1: How Far We've Come

May 27, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time. These two renewable energy resources are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies.[read more]

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President Obama Approves Drilling in the Arctic: Should We Be Outraged?

May 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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On Monday, the Obama Administration gave conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off the northern coast of Alaska. On environmental grounds alone, I think drilling offshore in the Arctic is a foolish risk.[read more]

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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

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Cost of Batteries for Electric Vehicles Falling More Rapidly than Projected

April 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Costs for Electric Vehicle Batteries

The cost of battery packs for electric vehicles has fallen more rapidly than was previously projected, with market leading firms in 2014 producing batteries at ~$300 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, on par with market projections for 2020.[read more]

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Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

The Role of Energy Intensity in Global Decarbonization: How Fast Can We Cut Energy Use?

March 16, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Efficiency and Cutting Carbon Emissions

Avoiding climate change will require the nearly complete decarbonization of the global energy system, with 50-90% reductions in global CO2 emissions by 2050. These cuts must be achieved against a backdrop of growing global population and projected increases in demand for energy and energy-related services.[read more]

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Can a Nationwide Conversation Ignite a New Era of Nuclear Energy Innovation?

March 2, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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NuScale Modular Reactor cutout

Experts from across the United States will gather March 3-5th for a unique, nationwide dialogue on the future of nuclear energy. Simultaneous workshops in six cities will craft a new vision for the role of nuclear energy and generate innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the sector today.[read more]

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How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 4, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 15, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

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Top 14 Energy Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Top Energy Stories of the Year

From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany's energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, TheEnergyCollective.com was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.[read more]

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Is the US-China Climate Change Deal a Game-Changer? An Interview with MIT's Valerie Karplus

December 11, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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US China Climate Partnership

Climate diplomacy made global headlines with a new partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China. In this interview, I catch up with MIT's Valerie Karplus, an expert on both American and Chinese energy and climate policy, to dig into the details of the deal.[read more]