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Can Electric Vehicles Be 'Environmental Villains'?

December 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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EVs and the Environment

Researchers found in a new study assessing the life cycle air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles “that electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality."[read more]

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Solar Panel Maintenance Poses Unforeseen Challenge in Developing World Electrification

December 24, 2014 by Adam Hashian
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Solar Panel Maintenance in the Developing World

It would be an affordable and practical solution for new electrical generation installations in developing nations to be fueled by low-carbon sources. But there are many challenges with solar electrification, including installation and maintenance, infrastructure, and financing.[read more]

With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

December 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Even with countries like China and India looking to boost their low-carbon energy supplies with nuclear, project developers around the world have faced long delays, cost overruns, and strong competition from natural gas and distributed resources, as well as policies designed to phase nuclear out entirely.[read more]

Untapped Incentives for Energy Efficiency Projects

December 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Project Incentives and Support

As an EDF Climate Corps fellow back in 2013, one task that was of particular interest to me was figuring out how to help my host organization fund, in whole or in part, its efficiency upgrades. In my research, the most unique funding source I found was the energy efficiency forward capacity market.[read more]

Lima COP Negotiations Recap: Interesting Implications for the CDR Field

December 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

COP and CDR

On the bright side of the COP 20 outcome, some commentators are still more optimistic than ever that a meaningful deal will be reached in the next COP negotiations in Paris in 2015. This optimism springs from a proposed plan to have individual nations to develop their own emission-reduction commitments.[read more]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Approaching an Oil Price Floor

December 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse

It appears the largest oil price decline since the 2008 economic and financial crises could be reaching a bottom. Maybe. Benchmark global oil futures prices rebounded recently partially due to comments made by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that appear to have, at least temporarily, calmed the market.[read more]

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Mining the Climate Data

December 24, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Information and Analysis

It is confounding to understand how otherwise highly technically literate individuals can be collectively blind to the climate record. The bonanza that can be derived from mining that record is the most significant and beneficial legacy we can leave our children.[read more]

India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman
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India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

Nearly $1 Billion Available for PACE Projects in 2014

December 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

PACE Project Funding

PACE programs for both residential and commercial sectors are booming in 2014, with much more growth to come in 2015. California has completed about $500 million in residential PACE projects for around 25,000 homes, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes the PACE concept.[read more]

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

December 23, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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The U.S. risks moving from climate denial to climate despair; that citizens can do little to stop impacts, that government doesn't have the political courage needed to adequately address the problem, and that industry genius will falter and not develop the technologies to solve climate change in time.[read more]

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An Easy Step Forward Towards Cleaner Energy: Ending Subsidies For Fossil Fuels

December 23, 2014 by Jonathan Doochin
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As we attempt to move towards a clean energy economy, numerous roadblocks remain. One of the major obstacles standing in the way might not be as obvious as the others—federal subsidies. As we seek to accelerate the world’s transition to a clean energy economy, a rational approach to subsidies is critical.[read more]

Energy Predictions: Five for Five in 2014

December 23, 2014 by Robert Rapier

As the year expires and the new year arrives, there are several topics I like to cover in a series of articles. One is to review the top energy stories of the year. Another is to grade my predictions for the year. And finally, I lay out my predictions for the upcoming year.[read more]

Center for the New Energy Economy Looks Back at the 2014 State Legislative Sessions

December 23, 2014 by Tom Plant

Each year, the Center for the New Energy Economy publishes an overview of legislative trends in the advanced energy sector from state legislatures across the country. In looking at 2014, the Center found a total of 437 bills that made it into law in a variety of categories relevant to advanced energy.[read more]

Europe Shouldn't Feign Weakness When it Comes to International Climate Finance

December 23, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

The COP 20 in Lima is over, having delivered to the world, like so many COPs before it, yet another awkward acronym. The latest for the pile is ‘INDCs’, that’s “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.” Presumably different from Nationally Determined Contributions of the unintended variety.[read more]