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Communication Breakdown Between Utilities and Their Online Customers

August 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Online Customers

Utilities are lagging behind most of their private-sector peers, and even many government agencies, when it comes to using digital technology to reach their customers. That oversight is costing them money today -- and in the future, it could start losing them customers.[read more]

Why Radiation is Safe and Why All Nations Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

August 23, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy, Radiation, and Risk

Dr. Wade Allison has recently published a video on radiation that is aimed at a general audience. It explains why radiation associated with nuclear energy production, medical diagnostics, and medical treatments is generally safe and should not be a cause for excessive concern.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They Prefer Bilateral Relations with Moscow...'

August 23, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia International Relations

Calls for stricter economic sanctions against strategic Russian energy players are not universal among European Union countries, this is particularly true for those countries where Russian oil and gas dependence is the most deeply entrenched.[read more]

The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

August 22, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Energy Support and Timing

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade.[read more]

Let's Get to Work on a Strong Plan to Protect Floridians from Carbon Pollution

August 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Carbon Pollution Mitigation

Over the course of our campaign to encourage Florida Governor Rick Scott to develop a strong plan for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan standards, I have been heartened to hear about the efforts of so many in Florida to make reducing carbon pollution.[read more]

Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago

August 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Respone and Building Efficiency

Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.[read more]

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

August 22, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That's cheap power.[read more]

Russia-China Deal Will Supply Siberian Natural Gas to China's Northern, Eastern Provinces

August 22, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Russia and China and Natural Gas

China's natural gas demand has been growing as the government seeks to move away from coal in favor of cleaner fuels. According to EIA's International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) Reference case, demand will more than triple from 5.2 Tcf in 2012 to 17.5 Tcf by 2040.[read more]

More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell

August 22, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Shell and Nuclear Energy

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced ads aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel.[read more]

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

August 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss

August 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Jet Stream and Climate Change

California is suffering through drought, while the East Coast sees flooding. Both are worsened by global warming. But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that’s also linked to global warming.[read more]

Developing New Light and Energy Technologies

August 21, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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New Light and Energy Tech

Silvija Gradečak has big intentions for small ingredients. The associate professor of materials science and engineering focuses on energy-conversion and light-harvesting through the use of nanomaterials. It’s at these microscopic scales that she can customize components, meld parts, and create new materials.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

August 21, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power, also called cogeneration, generates both electricity and useful heat from the same fuel source. CHP typically involves dedicated equipment to generate electricity, followed by recovery of exhaust/waste heat for use in industrial processes, space heating, or water heating.[read more]

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]