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Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies?

October 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Oil Prices and Growing Risks

The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?[read more]

Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly

October 23, 2014 by Steve Sorrell

A new report from the US Breakthrough Institute provides evidence that historical improvements in the energy efficiency of lighting, steel and electricity production have led to greater energy consumption that would have been the case in the absence of those improvements.[read more]

A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy

October 23, 2014 by Jim Baird

Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, 'Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge' says in a Scientific American article, "The climate change problem requires a climate change solution.”[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]

Industry Input Sought by New Wind-Energy Research Center

October 22, 2014 by Christine Gillette

A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy development together in an attempt to solve mutual problems and advance the field.[read more]

Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

October 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Action on Methane

Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation.[read more]

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The Alternative to the Climate Nuclear Option is Innovation

October 22, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Climate Nuclear Option Alternatives

Out of fear the world is running out of time to act on climate change, some advocates are calling for the nuclear option: limiting economic growth to deeply decarbonize the global economy. It’s easy to see why: world leaders continue to propose weak policy options that guarantee dangerous global warming.[read more]

The People's Climate March: Why You Can't Please All the People, All the Time

October 22, 2014 by Katharine Hayhoe
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I was sitting in church last Sunday. Someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around: it was an older lady I didn’t know very well, but her face was familiar. “I’m reading your book,” she whispered, “and I just wanted you to know it’s changed my mind about all this climate stuff. You just make so much more sense."[read more]

Increasing Oil Reserves and Peak Oil

October 22, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Oil and Risk Management

I have often noted that since the writing of 'A Cubic Mile of Oil' that global reserves of oil have actually increased, not decreased, despite greatly increased consumption. In this post I want to dig deeper and look at the changes that have brought about this paradox, and what it means for Peak Oil.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Onshore Wind

October 21, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Wind

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of onshore wind energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.[read more]

Will Stem's Battery Systems Combined With Kyocera's Solar Boost Energy Storage Adoption?

October 21, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage Adoption

The convergence of rooftop solar PV and behind-the-meter batteries continues. On Tuesday, Japanese solar module giant Kyocera announced it has teamed up with Stem to “offer an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solution for commercial power users.”[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable

October 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Germany's Energy Transition

Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid, which is enough energy to offset upwards of 35 coal plants.[read more]

University Microgrid Manages Multiple Generation Assets

October 21, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Combined heat and power tech are sometimes overlooked as assets that can be deployed in Smart Grids and microgrids in North America. Also known as cogeneration, it is defined as the production of electricity and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source, typically located at the point of consumption.[read more]

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

October 21, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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Carbon capture and storage is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil.[read more]

LanzaTech's Vulnerability

October 21, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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LanzaTech proposes to take waste carbon monoxide from sources like steel manufacturers and ferment that to produce ethanol. Holmgren says that the bacterium they use for their fermentation, Clostridium autoethanogenum, is highly ethanol tolerant.[read more]

EU Commission: Europe Could Face 5 to 9 bcm Winter Natural Gas Shortfall

October 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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EU Natural Gas Shortfall

The EU Commission released the first “Energy Security Stress Tests” in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for gas modeled two disruption scenarios for a period of one or six months: Halt of Russian gas imports, and disruption of Russian gas imports via Ukraine.[read more]

Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

October 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Development and Human Rights

Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance.[read more]

Abandoned Solar Energy Project Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Uncertainty

October 20, 2014 by Tom Carlson
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Solar and Tax Risk

In the latest evidence of the need for stable federal tax policy, a major solar project in California was abandoned in part due to uncertainty around whether the project would be placed in service in time to qualify for the investment tax credit, which expires at the end of 2016.[read more]

From Artisanal to Integrated: How Data Is Remaking the Efficiency Industry

October 20, 2014 by Wego Wise

Data and Efficiency

The past few years have seen an abundance of software innovations designed to enhance the efficiency of the built environment. Taking advantage of inexpensive computing power and storage, these platforms are leveraging the torrent of data generated by and about our buildings.[read more]