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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

December 22, 2014 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

During the President’s December 20th press conference he stated his position not to support the Keystone pipeline now includes the lack of economic benefits, claiming the benefits of the project will be minimal compared to risks and costs. Is this new claim in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline reasonable?[read more]

Galvanize Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. Clean Energy

December 22, 2014 by Devashree Saha

Cleantech and Foreign Support

The United States has made great strides in developing its clean energy sector. Clean energy investment reached $36.7 billion in 2013, increasing by nearly 250 percent since 2004. Despite the gains, the United States will need to continue investing. Where will this investment come from?[read more]

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Can ASEAN Run Away from Coal?

December 22, 2014 by Beni Suryadi

ASEAN and Coal

All sources are telling the exact same story: Asia currently leads in global energy consumption increases. The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are – along with China and India – shifting the center of gravity of the global energy system to Asia.[read more]

China Coal Use Can Peak this Decade: What Did the IEA Miss?

December 22, 2014 by Lauri Myllyvirta

China Peak Coal and the IEA

The IEA published its Medium-Term Coal Market Report, with a lot of attention devoted to proffering the notion that China’s coal consumption will continue to grow until the end of this decade. A thorough analysis of Chinese energy trends suggests that coal peak is much more achievable than the IEA made it seem.[read more]

Despite Lower Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Expected to Grow in 2015

December 21, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Prices and Future Drilling

The recent decline in crude oil prices has created the potential for weaker crude oil production. EIA's Drilling Productivity Report includes indicators that provide details on the effect low prices may have on tight oil production, which accounts for 56% of total U.S. oil production.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Lord, Grant Me One More Boom and I Promise Not to Screw it Up'

December 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Boom Opportunity

If you haven’t been near a computer, television, smartphone, or radio, benchmark oil prices are down about 40% from June. Given the ubiquitous media coverage, it can be hard to cut through the noise to find more insightful analysis and different views.[read more]

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Christmas and Carbon: What's The Connection?

December 20, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan
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The evolution of the shopping trends from offline to online is a unique case study as far as climate change discussions go. While retailers have been saving energy on commuting, lighting and inventory holding costs, they are also consuming more paper and cardboard due to individual shipping.[read more]

Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

December 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Smart Meters and Electricity Pricing

Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.[read more]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

December 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups.[read more]

Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Putin, the Ruble, Rosneft and Economic Crisis

December 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia, Oil, and Economics

The Russian economy is heavily dependent on oil – prices of which have been falling precipitously – and sanctions imposed by western governments in retaliation for Russia’s aggressive action in Ukraine are putting extreme pressure on the country’s currency.[read more]

It's Time for Environmentalists to Give Nuclear a Fair Go

December 20, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Greens and Nuclear Energy

Should the development and use of nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries’) future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a realistic solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

High-Energy Innovation: The Case of Shale Gas

December 19, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Shale Gas and Energy Innovation

The boom in U.S. natural gas production, created by technical innovations in the recovery of natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock formations and land-use policies that favor private development, has helped lower electricity costs and benefited the petrochemical and manufacturing industries.[read more]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Short-Sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate'

December 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Fracking Ban and Reactions

The opposite and deeply conflicted ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking.' Reaction to the move has been swift.[read more]

Educating the First Generation of Sustainability Managers

December 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Today, as our growing economy stresses the ecosystems that make human life and wealth possible, CEOs must manage the physical dimensions of sustainability. What used to be a small, negligible part of management has become a core function of management.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: OPEC Net Oil Export Revenues Expected to Fall in 2014 and 2015

December 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

OPEC Oil Export Revenue Drop

Based on market assessments in the Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion from net oil exports in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010.[read more]

Will World Bank President Dr. Kim Go the Last Mile for Clean Energy Access?

December 19, 2014 by Justin Guay

World Bank Policy and Energy Access

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International jointly released a scorecard evaluating the four major multilateral development banks, World Bank Group, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, on their investment in clean energy access. All were failing.[read more]