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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]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

October 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Rural Energy Access in India: A Comprehensive Report

October 1, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

India and Energy Access

Rural energy poverty is increasingly recognized as a major obstacle to sustainable economic development in developing countries. The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative has played an important role in the international policy effort.[read more]

The Problematic Governance of Climate Engineering

September 30, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

If climate change becomes too severe some might favour climate engineering. This post looks very briefly at governance of climate engineering – managing the total net solar radiation the earth absorbs (Solar Radiation Management), most likely by injecting particles into the stratosphere.[read more]

Sorry Environmentalists, Shell's Arctic Decision is All About the Money

September 30, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Shell and Arctic Drilling

Environmentalists can hardly contain themselves with news that Royal Dutch Shell abandoned oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic for “the foreseeable future.” To be sure, the oil companies are under tremendous pressure to keep carbon “in the ground.” But that is not what triggered Shell’s decision.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for September and October 2015 [VIDEO]

September 30, 2015 by David Thual

Energy News and Information

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws, Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the new provisional Winter Package, the State of the Energy Union, the Heating & Cooling strategy and the EU Commission's update on the SET-plan.[read more]

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

September 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Global Cimate Emissions and Reductions

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action.[read more]

Natural Gas Prices in Asia Mainly Linked to Crude Oil, but Use of Spot Indexes Increases

September 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Prices in Asia

Unlike the natural gas market in the United States, natural gas prices in Asian markets typically reflect contracts that are indexed to crude oil or petroleum product prices. The declines in crude oil prices between August 2014 and January 2015 had a significant effect on Asian natural gas prices and markets.[read more]

Why Are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?

September 29, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Cali Gas Prices

“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” You see, while oil prices have been falling across the country, the gap between California gas prices and the rest of the U.S. has climbed to higher levels for a longer stretch than at any time in the last 20 years.[read more]

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate in His U.S. Visit

September 29, 2015 by Henry Auer

Pope Francis and Climate Policy

Pope Francis's recent visit to the United States addressed the issue of global warming as a worldwide concern on several occasions. He stressed that we have to begin now, acting in concert, to stabilize the planet and improve our common home, the earth in its entirety.[read more]

Volkswagen Needs to Adopt 21st Century Sustainability Management

September 29, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Volkswagen's deliberate and systematic effort to violate clean air rules is a shameful scandal, but it is also an example of management incompetence. Like BP's inability to manage its drilling contractors in the Gulf of Mexico, it is an example of massive and predictable management failure.[read more]

China and US Commit to Strengthened Domestic and International Climate Actions

September 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing more actions to domestically reduce emissions.[read more]

Full Steam Ahead for Siemens' new SOVs

September 29, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind Farms and SOVs

“I am a little nervous after all,” admitted the patroness of Siemens’ brand-new service operation vessel before christening the new ship at Hamburg harbor. But the young lady in question, Ruth Harkort-Berge, daughter of wpd’s Offshore CEO Achim Berge Olsen, brought the launch a great deal of luck.[read more]

China Commits to Significant New Climate Actions in U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

September 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama announced new and strengthened actions by both countries domestically and working together as part of a joint presidential statement on climate change. These commitments build on their historic November 2014 joint announcement.[read more]

Are There Other VWs out There?

September 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

After more than a year of investigation, EPA discovered that Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America deliberately cheated the emissions test of the Environmental Protection Agency. The company circumvented Clean Air Act laws with the use of a software "defeat device."[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]

Mexico May Add Two Reactors to Laguna Verde Power Station

September 28, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Mexico Nuclear Energy

Mexico’s Energy Ministry says it may decide within the next 12 months whether to seek permits to build two new full-size nuclear reactors next door to the two that have been in revenue service since 1989 and 1994 respectively. Both units are 800 MW GE BWRs.[read more]

How Quicky Can New York Overhaul Its Energy Markets?

September 28, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York Energy Reform

When Richard Kauffman sat down with utility executives in his new role as the chairman of finance and energy for New York State in the winter of 2013, the conversation was not just about the buzzword of resiliency in a post-Superstorm Sandy world, but about larger market trends around distributed generation.[read more]

Why the U.S. Urgently Needs to Invest in a Modern Energy System

September 25, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The U.S. power grid is one of the most advanced energy systems globally, but its growth has been an evolving patchwork of disparate systems, functions, and components. Because of years of inadequate investment, the electric grid is now aging, outmoded, and unreliable.[read more]

Sustained Low Oil Prices Could Reduce Exploration and Production Investment

September 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Low Oil Prices and Production

Oil prices reflect supply and demand balances, with increasing prices often suggesting a need for greater supply. Greater supply, in turn, typically requires increased investment in exploration and production (E&P) activities. Lower prices reduce investment activity.[read more]

The Beginners Guide to Lower Heating Bills: For Tenants, Owners and Homelovers

September 25, 2015 by Lindsay Wilson

Controlling Heating Bills

In an ideal world our homes would be so well insulated that our bodies and appliances would produce enough heat to keep us warm in winter. Of course life is never ideal, and the chances are you don’t live in a passivhaus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of what you’ve got![read more]

Indonesia Announces Next Round of Plans to Cut its Climate Pollution

September 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Indonesia and National Emissions Policy

Indonesia formally announced its target to cut carbon pollution as a part of the Paris climate agreement. The country - one of the top ten emitters in the world - announced that it will cut emissions 29 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030 on its own.[read more]

When Tesla And Apple Compete To Out-Do Each Other On Electric Cars, The Planet Wins

September 25, 2015 by Joseph Romm

EV Cars and Competition

The future of cars is finally upon us — and it is electrifying. The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is speeding up its efforts to build and ship an electric vehicle by 2019. By that time, there should be at least three or four affordable EVs with a 200+ mile range on the market.[read more]

The Fallout from Volkswagen's "Defeat Device"

September 24, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

I find the revelations concerning Volkswagen's reported efforts to circumvent vehicle emissions rules disturbing, especially as a VW owner and someone who has advocated diesel technology as a tool for reducing oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

VW's Deepwater Horizon?

September 24, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Volkswagen Fraud

Last week one of the biggest environmental scandals since the Deepwater Horizon disaster made its way to somewhere near the bottom of page 11 of most major newspapers. VW admitted to systematically cheating on emissions tests of its Diesel vehicles. This might sound snoozy, until you read up on the details.[read more]

Coal Mine Starts Continue to Decline

September 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Mine Starts Stop

The number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013 fell to the lowest level in at least the past 10 years. The addition of 103 mines in 2013 came as 271 mines were idled or closed, resulting in a 14% decline in the total number of producing coal mines from 2012 to 2013.[read more]

Eight Ways That Natural Gas Distribution Is Growing

September 24, 2015 by Chris McGill

In an era when much of the discussion regarding future gas demand is focused on power generation and industrial uses, Got Growth?, a new report by the American Gas Association, details eight areas of growth for local gas utilities during the past several decades.[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]

A New Model for Carbon Pricing Using Blockchain Technology

September 23, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Carbon Pricing Models

Voices from governments, industry, academia, and activism have called for a price on carbon to help drive deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, but it is likely that no new frameworks for pricing carbon will come out of the upcoming talks in Paris.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Exxon Was Once the Leader in Climate Research. Why Did It Turn to Manufacturing Doubt? [PODCAST]

September 23, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

In the mid-1970s, Exxon invested millions of dollars into sophisticated climate research and determined that greenhouse-gas emissions would warm the planet to dangerous levels if left unchecked. But then something changed. Find out why in this podcast from the Energy Gang.[read more]