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Energy 24/7: The Shale Revolution - A Bust for Investors [PODCAST]

March 27, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

We have all heard of the “shale revolution." It has been touted as the energy panacea of our time. Given the extreme hype, one would expect that such enthusiasm would translate into above average share performance for shale operators. This has not been the case.[read more]

Steroids for Efficiency: Digital Solutions for Juicing Building Energy Codes

March 26, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boosting Green Buildings

Massachusetts recently adopted a new energy code to improve building efficiency. The merits of the legislation are on display in Boston’s current building boom. At construction sites across the city, the latest energy saving building insulation, ultra-efficient windows and weather sealing technologies can be seen.[read more]

U.S. Electricity Rates Are Jumping - Or Are They?

March 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Electricity Rate Analysis

Despite the volatility in wholesale markets, and the billions of dollars in upgrades to the electricity grid, the price most homeowners pay for energy is likely going to stay relatively flat in coming years, according to the EIA, rising only about 1 percent for 2015.[read more]

The Shale Debt Redux

March 26, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Shale debt, falling prices and slack demand has tight oil producers in trouble. And yet, there is still burgeoning production. Why? Well, we’ve seen this before. It’s the shale debt redux. Operators did it a few years ago in natural gas and prices have yet to recover.[read more]

Springing Eternal: Seven Reasons for Hope on Climate Change

March 26, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Hope on Climate Change

Let’s look at what’s been happening in climate change action lately, because after years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Because after years and years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.[read more]

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

March 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Decline 36% in 2014

March 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Imports

After reaching record levels in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline.[read more]

The Secret to Cost Effective Energy Storage

March 27, 2015 by Nigel Morris

I am as optimistic as anyone about energy storage and try as I may I can’t (in my own head) separate the growth in electric vehicle sales and the inevitable flood of lower cost energy storage for stationary applications. There are deep and close connections that will flow both ways.[read more]

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Climate Change and Hydrogen

When hydrogen is produced with heat pipe OTEC and supergreen electrolysis it can be a silver bullet and fuel-cell advocates would do themselves a very great service by helping in the promotion and facilitation of these two synergistic technologies.[read more]

Carbon Pollution Standards that Begin by 2020: Vital for Climate Security, Human Health

March 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Carbon Pollution Standards

The EPA is working on the Clean Power Plan – the first national carbon pollution standards for power plants. It is critical that EPA finalize carbon pollution standards for the power sector that include protective, well-designed standards beginning in 2020.[read more]

Obama Administration Quietly Seeks Extra Boost for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

March 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Last week, the president issued an executive order mandating a 40% cut in carbon dioxide emissions across government agencies. Buried in the list of qualifying clean energy technologies was a reference to small modular nuclear technologies that are smaller and less capital-intensive than light water reactors.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Chinese Official Urges Emphasis on 'Climate Security'

March 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

China and Climate Action

A top Chinese weather scientist told the Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a serious threat. It was a rare admission for a Chinese official, while the government has acknowledged global warming, it does not usually elaborate on potential problems from climate change.[read more]

Could India's Coal Plans Derail the Global Climate?

March 26, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India Energy Needs and Coal

If India grew its electricity system based on coal (as China has done), would it derail the global climate? Under a “coal-heavy” scenario, India would need to increase is coal-fired power generation capacity from the 156 GW in early 2015 to 677 GW in 2035. What would be the CO2 implications of such a strategy?[read more]

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The Utility of the Future

March 25, 2015 by Amelia Smith

Podcast for The Utility of the Future webinar.[read more]

Carbon-as-a-Service Businesses?

March 25, 2015 by Noah Deich

Cleantech Business Development

The Cleantech Group’s annual San Francisco Forum wrapped up earlier this week. The event’s theme was “Cleantech-as-a-service,” and featured parallel tracks named “Cloud” and “Connect.” Overall, this focus on technology-enabled business model innovation shows how mature the cleantech field has become.[read more]

U.S. Commercial Crude Oil Inventories Now Provide the Most Days of Supply Since 1985

March 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Inventories

With lower U.S. refinery runs and increases in domestic crude oil production, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories at the end of February provided the most days of supply since the mid-1980s. Inventories were sufficient to supply 29 days of U.S. refinery demand, based on expected refinery runs in March.[read more]

Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway in California

March 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

What does energy efficiency mean to you? In states like California that employ aggressive energy efficiency policies and standards from widget to building envelope, it’s been a successful strategy to reduce per capita energy consumption.[read more]

The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy

March 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

President Obama recently signed an executive order directing federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent.[read more]

How Should We Design Government Policies to Stimulate Innovation?

March 25, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Policy Supporting Innovation

 

Innovation needs to take center stage not only in Washington DC, but also here in California, which produces only 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. So the success or failure of California’s climate policies hinges on stimulating innovation that can be exported to the rest of the world.[read more]