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Solar Energy: Quantifying Emissions Reduction

October 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Measuring Emissions Reductions by Solar

Alameda, California-based Blymyer Engineers has been actively involved in PV solar installation for more than a decade. Engineers at Blymyer decided to crunch the numbers, adding up the total amount of solar energy produced and the amount of CO2 emissions reduced.[read more]

A World of Wireless Energy

October 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Innovation

If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor.[read more]

New York Green Bank's First Deals Underscore State's Commitment to Clean Energy Future

October 30, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Green Bank's First Deals

Clean energy finance is thriving in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced the New York Green Bank’s first set of deals, totaling an impressive $800 million in clean energy investmens. The projects funded by this investment will yield an impressive annual reduction of 575,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

Water Trading: Studies Call for Market-based Water Use System

October 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Water Use and Markets

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have recently hosted a forum on the ongoing water crisis in the United States. This resulted in the release of two interesting new discussion papers.[read more]

Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

October 30, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Clean Energy Policy

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That's the finding of a report which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive.[read more]

Are Loan Guarantees the Right Answer for Catalyzing Development of CDR Solutions?

October 29, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Loan Guarantees and Carbon Reduction

The USDA recently announced a $91M loan guarantee for Cool Planet’s biofuel and biochar facility in Louisiana. Loan guarantees from the US government are a critical way for early stage companies to reduce their cost of capital for capital-intensive projects.[read more]

Is Renewable Energy Less Effective Than Energy Efficiency at Reducing CO2 Emissions?

October 29, 2014 by Willem Post
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The policies to implement worldwide renewable energy build-outs are, as of yet, far from sufficient to reduce global CO2 emissions. At the same time, I believe these policies are yielding significant adverse results regarding economic competitiveness.[read more]

Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why

October 29, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Flexible Pollution Rules

Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants.[read more]

Want Green Power? Try Community Choice Aggregation

October 29, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or municipal aggregation, is defined as an energy policy that can promote distributed and/or renewables generation through community-based contracts with electricity suppliers. The community acts as an aggregator, and residents within it are automatically part of that CCA.[read more]

How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

October 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic.[read more]

Better Yellow Labels

October 29, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Labels and Energy Use

Information provision is a key element of energy-efficiency policy. Just think of the ubiquitous yellow EnergyGuide labels. This information is supposed to help consumers make better decisions. But current labels report only very coarse information based on national average energy prices and usage of the appliance.[read more]

Tesla is the World's First Digital Car

October 29, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Tesla's Digital Car

Elon Musk described the new Tesla Model D as a digital vehicle compared to conventional ICE autos which are analog machines. The Model D is an iterative upgrade of the Model S, but it presents two significant feature sets that demonstrate how the auto world is moving from the analog to the digital age.[read more]

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

October 29, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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European Emissions Commitments

The EU has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their emissions domestically by more than forty percent by 2030.[read more]

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Energy Storage Start-Up: Lessons Learned and a Focused Future

October 28, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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Globally, energy storage mandates are on the rise. Countries like Japan, China, India, Germany and the US have all issued storage targets and commenced development projects aiming to support the growth of their electric energy needs as well as balance the variability of load on their existing generation assets.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Didn’t Expect a 25-Year-Old Man to Get Beaten to Death'

October 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Fracking Boom and Community Risk

For a stark on-the-ground report from the hub of Bakken Shale oil & gas development, read this story by Laura Gottesdiener. It provides a glimpse inside the boom that often gets lost in the maze of production figures, reserves estimates, and market analysis that dominates reporting on the issue.[read more]

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

October 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.[read more]