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Is Audi's Carbon-Neutral Diesel a Game-Changer?

May 5, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Audi Carbon-Neutral Diesel

Recently German car manufacturer Audi announced they can economically produce carbon-neutral automotive fuel from ingredients found in the atmosphere. Many people have already suspected that there has to be a catch. Of course there is.[read more]

Chinese Nuclear Firms Compete Abroad for Exports and for Market Share at Home

May 5, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in China

Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is being hawked by both firms.[read more]

Building Lighting Controls: Strategies for Taming the Wild West

May 5, 2015 by Matt Conway

Lighting and Control

On the eve of Lightfair, the largest lighting show in the United States, it seems fitting to draw attention to a brewing storm that threatens the next great opportunity for deep energy conservation in commercial buildings: networked lighting controls.[read more]

Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

What to Make of Recent Emission Trends?

May 5, 2015 by David Hone
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Emissions Trends

Recent news from the International Energy Agency has shown that the rise in global CO2 emissions from the energy system stalled in 2014. This was unusual on two counts – first that it happened at all and second that it happened in a year not linked with recession or low economic growth.[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You; You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part I: Assault and Battery

May 4, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Energy Storage and te Future

Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of a utility's fears.[read more]

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Tesla Powerwall: What Does It Mean For Renewables?

May 4, 2015 by Clayton Handleman
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Tesla Powerwall/JD Lasica

Tesla's Powerwall is not a technology breakthrough. It is revolutionary only in its timing, who is doing it and the fact that Musk and company offers the leadership and credibility to disrupt the energy industry and lead us down a path to clean distributed energy.[read more]

How Tesla's Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight - or Flop

May 4, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Tesla's Power

Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions and future energy storage plans, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle upstart will face as it seeks to make itself into a behind-the-meter and grid battery kingpin.[read more]

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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

Tesla Battery Economics: On the Path to Disruption

May 4, 2015 by Ramez Naam
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The Tesla Powerwall and Disruptive Innovation

Elon Musk announced Tesla’s home/business battery today. Quick version: It’ll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost effective for a wide market. And within just a few years, it almost certainly will be cheap enough to be cost effective for a broad market.[read more]

DTE Energy to Receive COL for Fermi-3

May 4, 2015 by Will Davis
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NRC and Licensing Awards

Recently, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that its commissioners had approved the award of a Construction and Operating License (COL) for DTE Energy’s prospective Fermi Unit 3, to be built on the site of the existing Fermi-2 near Detroit, Michigan.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Solar Will Be the Most Competitive Energy Choice

May 4, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Global Trends and India

In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.[read more]

Renewable Electricity is in Bloom in California

May 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Renewables in CA

While California never quite got a winter, we can still acknowledge that spring is here. From where I sit in Sacramento, spring means getting out and enjoying the blue skies, a last bit of cool air before a brutal summer, and oh yes, the legislature heating up on important questions of California’s energy future.[read more]

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]