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Senate Bill Would Create America's First National Energy Storage Target

May 28, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Storage and Utilities

Under the bill, called the Energy Storage and Deployment Act of 2015, large retail electric utilities would need to meet at least 1 percent of their peak demand from storage by 2021. By the end of 2024, they'd need to meet at least 2 percent of peak load with storage[read more]

Under Clean Power Plan, Natural Gas, then Renewables, Gain Generation Share

May 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Clean Power Plan

The Energy Information Administration's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.[read more]

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

May 28, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Gazprom Risk

A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report: The Fossil Fuel Energy Sector” shows that energy companies emitted 31 per cent of total GHG emissions globally from their operations as well as the use of the products further down the value chain on an annual basis.[read more]

A Look at Wind and Solar Energy, Part 1: How Far We've Come

May 27, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time. These two renewable energy resources are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies.[read more]

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Europe Keeps Putting More Wind on the Grid: Denmark Blows Past 40 Percent Wind Power, Germany and United Kingdom Approach 10 Percent

May 27, 2015 by Matt Roney
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Offshore Wind Power in Europe

In January 2014, Denmark’s wind electricity output was enough to meet an astonishing 62 percent of its electricity demand. By 2016, wind will be Denmark’s cheapest source of electricity, according to a government report, costing half as much as new coal- or natural gas-fired generation.[read more]

What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

May 27, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Solar in California

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations. In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader? Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other states that can compete on that dimension.[read more]

Arevas's reactor division goes on the auction block

May 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman

French Government to Sell Areva

French President Francois Hollande, in a politically expedient deal with Greens to keep his parliamentary majority intact, has promoted a plan to reduce France’s reliance on nuclear energy by 25%. France depends on nuclear energy for 75% of its electricity.[read more]

The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]

Wants Versus Needs: The Struggle to Realize New York's Energy Vision

May 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

In 2009, National Grid chose ABB for a SCADA/EMS system that would allow for more modern and integrated visibility into its electric transmission and distribution networks in Massachusetts and New York. Earlier this year, the system went into service.[read more]

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

May 27, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China Energy Policies

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility.[read more]

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Internalized Costs of Storage Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

May 26, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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And now, the results ...

This article summarizes the findings on the internalized costs of various energy storage technologies. The selected technologies include such things as pumped hydro, compressed air, synfuels, and various battery technologies (lead-acid, Li-ion and flow).[read more]

ISIS Victories and Oil

May 26, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Right now, oil prices seem under pressure from any number of forces: Saudi market share strategies, Iran’s quiet sales from floating stocks, historically high U.S. and Chinese inventory levels. But over the longer term, the situation on the ground with ISIS could render some of that surplus necessary.[read more]

Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

May 26, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Clean Energy Capacity

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets. The report offers encouraging data on supplies and investments. But by cherry-picking their case studies and making strange analytical conclusions, Pew paints a selective and flawed picture of electrification in poor countries.[read more]

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

May 26, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Employment

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014.[read more]

Decarbonizing Development to Secure a Sustainable Future

Decarbonization and Planning

In the past few years, the World Bank has redoubled its efforts to promote sustainable economic development by identifying two goals that can help measure progress towards this objective: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity.[read more]

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Continuing to Serve Their Country: How Veterans Grow the Wind Industry

May 25, 2015 by Mark Albenze

Veterans & the wind industry

We recognize that hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line. Military veterans have acquired extensive technical training and experience through their service, which makes them uniquely qualified for many positions – particularly in the wind industry.[read more]

"Greens" fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

May 22, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA and Mining Projects

On February 28, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a preemptive veto of the Pebble project, citing its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. That action was initiated even though the developers had not yet filed a permit request[read more]

Rather than Divest, Advocate for Carbon Balancing

May 22, 2015 by John DeCicco
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Divestment and Balance on Carbon

Divestment campaigns that seek to halt fossil fuel use are ill-premised because they confuse a means with the end. The end goal is to re-balance the carbon cycle; reducing fossil fuel use is an important way but the not the only way to accomplish that goal.[read more]

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Pipelines and the Coastal Environment

This spill in Santa Barbara uncovers the gap between industry's rhetoric and reality, revealing risks associated with oil transportation infrastructure, the poor record of leak detection technology, and the inadequacy of spill response[read more]