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Is United States Energy Independence in Sight?

May 6, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

U.S. Energy Independence Possible?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Annual Energy Outlook features the key finding that the US is on track to reduce its net energy imports to essentially zero by 2030, if not sooner. That might seem surprising, in light of the recent collapse of oil prices and the resulting significant slowdown in drilling.[read more]

India Announces National Air Quality Index to Increase Public Awareness

May 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Air Quality Index

Recent reports and growing public awareness are highlighting the increased threat of poor air quality on human health in India. The World Health Organization ranked 13 Indian cities among the top 20 in the world for the worst fine particulate air pollution.[read more]

Five Reasons Renewable Microgrids Make Sense for the Mining Industry

May 6, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Mining and Microgrids

Renewable energy continues to make inroads in the mining industry. There are now a large number of mining sites using renewable power to provide energy for their operations and many more evaluating potential renewable energy alternatives. This trend has gained momentum in recent years.[read more]

TAQA Arabia Using All Options to Address Egypt's Energy Crisis

May 6, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Egypt Energy Crisis

Egyptian energy production and distribution company TAQA Arabia is working to help tackle the country’s acute energy shortages. Egypt is struggling with electricity generation and delivery issues – among other energy-related problems – that require flexible solutions.[read more]

Tesla Power Wall: Close But No Cigar?

May 6, 2015 by Nigel Morris

Gotta hand it to him; Elon Musk's slightly klutzy, unpolished and yet disarmingly honest style is part of the magic of Tesla. He makes us all feel like we could be that successful too because clearly, he’s only human. The Tesla home energy solution is called the PowerWall.[read more]

Chinese Nuclear Firms Compete Abroad for Exports and for Market Share at Home

May 5, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in China

Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is being hawked by both firms.[read more]

Building Lighting Controls: Strategies for Taming the Wild West

May 5, 2015 by Matt Conway

Lighting and Control

On the eve of Lightfair, the largest lighting show in the United States, it seems fitting to draw attention to a brewing storm that threatens the next great opportunity for deep energy conservation in commercial buildings: networked lighting controls.[read more]

$24 Trillion 'Asset' Value of World's Oceans May be a Gross Underestimation

May 5, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Ocean Valuation

The world’s oceans cover about 71% of earth and their value is incalculable for both the planet and mankind. They are a vital, complex and all-encompassing natural resource ranging from a vital food resource in many parts of the world, renewable energy resource, and potential water supply reservoir.[read more]

Navigating An Equity Investment Round In America's Booming Solar Market

May 5, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Solar energy is a booming business across North America - installations grew 30 percent across the United States in 2014 for the industry’s biggest year yet, but industry expansion also brings consolidation. So how should a solar CEO approach the process of securing new investment? Here are four tips.[read more]

3 Charts That Explain Why Tesla Is Developing a Battery for Homes

May 5, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Tesla's Powerwall

All it takes is one tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to whip journalists and financial analysts into a frenzy of speculation. Last month, Musk hinted at a "major new Tesla product line" that had nothing to do with electric cars, to be unveiled this week. It didn't take long to solve the mystery.[read more]

Is Audi's Carbon-Neutral Diesel a Game-Changer?

May 5, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Audi Carbon-Neutral Diesel

Recently German car manufacturer Audi announced they can economically produce carbon-neutral automotive fuel from ingredients found in the atmosphere. Many people have already suspected that there has to be a catch. Of course there is.[read more]

Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

What to Make of Recent Emission Trends?

May 5, 2015 by David Hone
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Emissions Trends

Recent news from the International Energy Agency has shown that the rise in global CO2 emissions from the energy system stalled in 2014. This was unusual on two counts – first that it happened at all and second that it happened in a year not linked with recession or low economic growth.[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You; You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part I: Assault and Battery

May 4, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Energy Storage and te Future

Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of a utility's fears.[read more]