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The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

July 23, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change and Urbanization

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change.[read more]

A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

July 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Disasters and Climate Change

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses.[read more]

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

July 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the United States.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

July 23, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Renewables and Generation

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014.[read more]

Setting State Carbon Pollution Targets

July 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

In June, the EPA proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for fossil-fuel power plants. Since then, a bevy of pundits have been busy finding fault with various aspects of the proposal. For the most part, these critiques are off-base, failing to highlight the most important issues.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]

Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

July 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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US Oil Production and Crisis Aversion

Daviel Yergin stated that if not for the recent domestic boom in tight oil production the U.S. would be in trouble. “I’m convinced we’d be looking at an oil crisis,” he said. “We’d have panic in the public. We’d have inflamed congressional hearings and we’d have the U.S. economy falling back into a recession.”[read more]

Geoengineering - Insanity? All the More Reason to Discuss It

July 22, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Geoengineering and Hard Choices

Is geoengineering the key to solving the global climate change problem? That’s the kind of question that evokes a knee-jerk reaction from those who consider it, including me. I believe we’re already doing enough geoengineering on the planet, albeit unplanned and perhaps unintended.[read more]

The Secret Art of Solar Finance

July 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing.[read more]

Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

July 22, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Efficiency Failures

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption your goal can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time. But for every goal, there’s a wrong and right way to reach it.[read more]

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Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? - Part 1

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

If you ask an economist the best way to combat climate change, you are very likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon. Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. Make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive.[read more]

Condensate Pries Open the Oil Export Lid

July 21, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Last month we learned that the Commerce Department gave two US companies permission to export condensate that would otherwise be trapped here under a 1970s-vintage ban on oil exports. This validates the view that the administration has the statutory authority necessary to allow such exports.[read more]

A Shift and a Slowdown: A Look Behind China’s 1H Oil and Gas Data

July 21, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Energy Data

Data and information for the first half of the year is trickling in on the world’s largest energy consumer. In this post, we take a deep look and examine the overall trends behind the numbers. Crude imports may be up, but that’s only half the story.[read more]

The Complicated World of Methane

July 21, 2014 by David Hone
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As governments struggle to find practical routes forward with positive outcomes for CO2 mitigation, attention is turning to dealing with other greenhouse gases, particularly methane. A number of methane emission initiatives are now underway or being planned.[read more]

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US Near Bottom, Germany Near Top

July 21, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Many industry observers will not be surprised to find out that Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. But it’s not just the Germans that best the U.S. in this category.[read more]

Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Needs

July 21, 2014 by Rod Adams

Dominion Energy is planning a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia that will have two branches, one that goes to the Tidewater area near Norfolk, VA and one that goes into North Carolina. Dominion started surveying the route, but local landowners resisted.[read more]

NOAA State Of The Climate In 2013: 'Our Planet Is Becoming A Warmer Place'

July 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

A Warming Planet

The planet has continued to warm at an unhealthy pace over the last year, according to a report combining the efforts of hundreds of the world’s top scientists led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[read more]

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

July 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the FEMA guidance for “state hazard mitigation plans.”[read more]

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Dismantling the Utility Model is the Fastest Path to a Cleaner Electricity Infrastructure

July 20, 2014 by Thomas Conroy
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Utility Market Disruption

In 1882 the Pearl Street Station became the first central electrical generation plant in the U.S.. In 1935 FDR labeled the power companies which were then providing electricity to increasing numbers of Americans “evil”, which marked the beginning of regulated and price controlled electric utilities.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This has not Been Done Before,' Energy & Tech Increasingly Collide

July 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy and Tech Crunch

As energy technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the distinction between pure-play energy companies and technology companies becomes increasingly blurred. Companies are adding computer scientists and other specialists to their pay rolls like never before.[read more]