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

Back in May, Alex Trembath and I explained why the value of wind and solar energy in electricity systems declines as these variable renewable resources reach higher market shares.That article has since spurred a lot of discussion. ...

Posted August 13, 2015    

#EnergyChat Webinar: Can Carbon Capture and Storage Deliver?

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...

Posted July 7, 2015    

How Much Land Does Solar, Wind and Nuclear Energy Require?

A story of golf courses, bombing ranges, and wiser energy choices UPDATE: Post updated on June 26, 2015 to correct nuclear and wind land use figures and add summary table at end.What kind of energy system has the smallest impact on the...

Posted June 24, 2015    

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

This is a two-part series on the future prospects of renewables. Read Part 1 here.In our last post, we offered a survey of the progress made so far in wind and solar deployment at the grid-wide scale throughout the world. An accurate and...

Posted May 28, 2015    

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

This post is co-authored by Alex Trembath and Jesse Jenkins.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...

Posted May 27, 2015    

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

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.The decision was greeted with outrage Tuesday by climate activist and...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

And why we can’t embrace the Ecomodernist Manifesto until they doBy Jesse Jenkins and Robert WilsonTo save nature, humanity must decouple from the natural world, not attempt to live in harmony with it. This is the provocative tenet at the core of a...

Posted April 17, 2015    

Cost of Batteries for Electric Vehicles Falling More Rapidly than Projected

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

Posted April 13, 2015    

#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

For at least the past year, the electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.”Behind all this buzz is the rise of distributed energy resources, including...

Posted April 6, 2015    

Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

Putting Renewable Energy Growth into PerspectiveFossil fuels have generated roughly two-thirds of the world’s electricity for the past three and a half decades.Despite the expansion of nuclear power in the 1980s and recent year-after-year of “...

Posted April 6, 2015    

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

This research note was originally published at Clean Air Task Force. Click here to download this note as a PDF. By Jesse D. Jenkins & Armond M. CohenSummary:Energy intensity improvements, or declines in the amount of energy consumption...

Posted March 16, 2015    

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

Experts from across the United States will gather March 3-5th for a unique, nationwide dialogue on the future of nuclear energy.Simultaneous collaborative workshops in six cities will bring together more than 120 participants to craft a new vision...

Posted March 2, 2015