BLM's Proposal To Reduce Methane: Why It Matters For America

February 9, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

BLM and Methane

More than 90 percent of oil and gas production on BLM lands comes from the Western U.S. The tax and royalty revenue generated by this production is used to fund local infrastructure needs – schools, roads and other improvements — in rural and tribal communities.[read more]

Sharing Clean Energy With Our Neighbors Is Saving Us Millions

February 9, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Sharing Clean Energy

One challenge for the grid operator these days is upgrading the electric system so that we don't have to throw away as much clean energy. Sometimes we have to shut down production of clean renewable energy just because our electric grid needs enhancements in order to absorb all the clean energy we are producing.[read more]

The Physics of Energy and the Economy

February 9, 2016 by Gail Tverberg

Physics and Energy Economics

I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some trepidation. An economy seems to be a dissipative system, but what does this really mean? There are not many people who understand dissipative systems, and very few who understand how an economy operates.[read more]

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How Trucking is Becoming a Greener Industry in 2016

February 9, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Greening Trucking

 

Trucking isn't exactly known as a very green industry. Every day, huge tractor trailers put thousands of miles on the road and consume huge amounts of fuel and oil. They also dump tons of carbon dioxide and other dangerous emissions into the air.[read more]

Can the WTO Take a Lesson from the Paris Climate Playbook?

February 8, 2016 by Robert Stavins

Paris and the WTO

 

Climate negotiators have looked longingly at how the World Trade Organization (WTO) was able to negotiate effective international agreements. But ironically, the Paris climate talks and the WTO negotiations, which were set to take place the following week in Nairobi, lead to the opposite conclusion.[read more]

An Ill-Conceived Tax Idea

February 8, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil Industry Tax and Climate Security

Recently we learned that President Obama's final budget proposal includes a plan to raise money for transportation projects and other uses by imposing a per-barrel tax on US oil companies. Here are a few quick thoughts on this ill-conceived idea.[read more]

It's All About the Transition

February 8, 2016 by David Hone

Transitioning Away

The ambition embodied within the Paris Agreement argues for the need to reach a state of net zero anthropogenic emissions around the middle of the century, although the text of the Agreement is less stringent and points to the second half of the century for a balance between sinks and sources.[read more]

Realizing our True (Solar) Potential

February 8, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Widespread Solar Deployment

Nations worldwide are increasingly embracing solar power as an alternative electricity source for homes, buildings, and even the grid. Since 2008, installed solar capacity in the United States alone has grown 17-fold, from 1.2 to 20 gigawatts (GW), according to the U.S. Department of Energy.[read more]

California Leads on Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations

February 8, 2016 by Briana Mordick

California and Emissions Prevention

California took a big step forward to reduce emissions of potent, heat-trapping methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Joining states like Wyoming, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, California is proposing strong but sensible rules to control methane across the oil and gas supply chain.[read more]

Save Diablo Canyon So It Can Continue to Supply Massive Quantities of Clean Power

February 8, 2016 by Rod Adams

Diablo Canyon

California has one of the most confusing energy policies in the country. Though it loudly proclaims itself as an environmental leader, with some of the most strict air and water pollution regulations in the world, it has a state law that prevents consideration of new nuclear power plants.[read more]

What EPA Should Consider on Their Final "Fracking" Assessment

February 8, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Fracking Rules

Questions about if and how hydraulic fracturing activities (what is called “fracking” by some) can contaminate drinking water have been top-of-mind for many since the practice started getting widespread public attention about a decade ago.[read more]

Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources Expected to Grow 9% This Year

February 8, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables and Electricity Generation

Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in hydroelectric generation after a relatively dry 2015.[read more]

India Takes Another Step Toward Deals With U.S. Nuclear Vendors

February 8, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear India and American Partners

In a step towards opening its market to the nuclear reactors vendors of western nations, India recently finally signed off on to an international agreement on liability for damages in the event of a nuclear accident. The action has been pending since 2007.[read more]

Proposing an Overdue Oil and Climate Security Fee

February 8, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Obama Climate Plans

The President proposed a 21st Century Clean Transportation Initiative loaded with interesting policy, the most attention-grabbing of which is a $10-per-barrel oil fee to be phased in over 5 years. The revenue from it drives a portfolio of investments in better, cleaner transportation.[read more]

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Renewable Jet fuels: The Current State of Affairs

February 8, 2016 by Kapil Lokare

Renewable Jet Fuels

Jet fuel conventionally is produced from petroleum crude refining. Its composition depends on the raw crude oil, but the composition is typically around 20% paraffins, 40% isoparaffins, 20% naphthenes and 20% aromatics. Each of these components has a very specific role.[read more]

Bipartisan Support for Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

February 7, 2016 by Rod Adams

Nuclear and Third Way

Third Way bills itself as a centrist think tank that is not satisfied with just thinking; they take action that gets results. The Jan 27th Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase provided an excellent example of Third Way’s ability to seek common ground among people from both major political parties in the United States.[read more]

3 Ways the Texas Grid is Getting Smarter Thanks to the DoE's SunShot Initiative

February 7, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Smart Grid Development

Recently, GridWise Alliance released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI), a ranking of every state’s progress toward the improvement and modernization of our nation's electric system – and Texas impressively placed third.[read more]

San Diego Gas & Electric to Use Electric Cars to Integrate Renewable Energy

February 7, 2016 by Max Baumhefner
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Urban Renewables Integration

 

California just took another key step in expanding the market for electric vehicles (EVs); 3,500 charging stations will be installed in the San Diego area under a "Vehicle Grid Integration" program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

EPSA: Great for Demand Response and Nothing for States to Fear

February 7, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Demand Response

There were many cheers over last week's Supreme Court decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) because of its positive effect on energy prices, reliability and the fight against climate change.[read more]

Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

February 6, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records in 2015

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever.[read more]