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Approaching Backfire: Energy Consumption in Developing Countries

Energy consumption is going to explode in poor countries this century –– over 90 percent of the growth in energy consumption through 2050 will occur in non-OECD countries. These countries are also where the International Energy Agency...

Posted July 8, 2015    

Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

Recently, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets titled Power Shift: Emerging Clean Energy Markets. The report offers some very encouraging and useful data on energy supplies and investments....

Posted May 26, 2015    

The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Red Herring

Every few months — or constantly, depending on your attention span — we hear another round of passionate recommendations that fossil fuel subsidies be phased out to level the playing field for clean energy. Most recently, World Bank...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Beyond Technology Tribalism

A Call for Humility and Comity in the Clean Tech DebatesTribalism is the biggest problem with clean energy debates today. Support for one technology is often automatically interpreted as opposition to another, and attempts to grapple with any...

Posted February 12, 2015    

Interview with William Burnett, Formerly of the Gas Research Institute

The Gas Research Institute's Evolving Role in Shale GasContinuing Breakthrough Institute’s series of in-depth interviews with pioneers of the shale revolution, Senior Energy Analyst Alex Trembath talked with William Burnett. William ...

Posted January 21, 2015    

Interview with Bob Hanold, Formerly of Los Alamos National Laboratory

On the Partnership Office Between Los Alamos and SandiaContinuing Breakthrough Institute’s series of in-depth interviews with pioneers of the shale revolution, Senior Energy Analyst Alex Trembath talked with Bob Hanold, formerly of Los Alamos...

Posted January 6, 2015    

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

Electrification projects in Dharnai, a village in eastern India, exemplify what can happen when public institutions and private actors fail to coordinate. Greenpeace installed a 100-kilowatt solar/battery microgrid to provide electricity to the...

Posted December 18, 2014    

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

New Analysis of US Regional Power Generation Between 2007 and 2013A new Breakthrough analysis looks at regional power generation data and finds that cheap natural gas has overwhelmingly displaced coal generation, not other sources of low-carbon...

Posted December 17, 2014    

High-Energy Innovation

A Climate Pragmatism ProjectBy Roger Pielke, Jr., Frank Laird, Daniel Sarewitz, Alex Trembath, Loren King, Jason Lloyd, Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Jessica Lovering, Mikael Roman, Kartikeya Singh, Gary DirksDownload a PDF of the...

Posted December 10, 2014    

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

A new research letter in Nature (McJeon et al 2014) concludes that globally abundant natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While...

Posted October 20, 2014    

IEA Acknowledges Rebound Effects

Clean Energy Equivalent of 4 to 19 Australias Required to Meet Gap Created by ReboundA new International Energy Agency report finally acknowledges the major role that efficiency rebound effects will play in future energy demand, and a Breakthrough...

Posted October 7, 2014    

Will the World's Dominant Energy Source Be Solar? Only With Serious, Proactive Policy Support

Rapid Expansion of Solar Depends on Massive Subsidies and High Carbon PriceThe International Energy Agency updated their technology roadmaps for solar PV and solar thermal energy, suggesting that, with significant policy and technological progress,...

Posted October 3, 2014