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Energy Quote of the Day: On Climate Change Mitigation vs. Adaptation and the Tragedy of the Commons

July 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Climate Change Futures

“Greenhouse gases mix in the atmosphere and that means it doesn’t matter where they come from. They are going to have the same damage. What that means is that any individual jurisdiction; county, state, city; taking action will incur the costs of its actions but the benefits will be distributed globally."[read more]

No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane

July 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Cutting Emissions

The bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate impacts is to slash both carbon dioxide and the “super pollutants” like methane sharply starting as soon as possible.[read more]

NY High Court's Local Ban Decision is No Basis for Greenlighting Fracking

July 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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When the New York State Court of Appeals ruled last week that municipalities have the right to use their zoning codes to ban fracking, my reaction was one of intense relief and celebration. But I immediately became concerned that the pro-fracking elements would try to salvage something from their defeat.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Myths, Busted!

July 11, 2014 by Jon Rabinowitz

Efficiency Myths

There are companies, both large and small, already taking advantage of new technologies in the realm of energy and operational efficiencies, demand response, sustainability, and energy management. However, many organizations still have yet to embrace innovation.[read more]

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 11, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Future

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of transferring power over long distances.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Texas & North Dakota Now Account for Almost Half of Total US Oil Production'

July 11, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Texas and North Dakota Production

The Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-term Energy Outlook is out and United States crude oil output continues to soar, while natural gas prices are expected to climb back toward the $5 per million BTU level this year, before slightly pulling back in 2015.[read more]

Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different

July 11, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Debt and Future Risk

Many seem to believe that if we worked our way out of debt problems in the past, we can do the same thing again. The same assets may have new owners, but everything will work together in the long run. Businesses will continue operating, and people will continue to have jobs.[read more]

EIA Projections Show Hydro Growth Limited by Economics not Resources

July 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Hydro and Economics

A recent study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy, the New Stream-reach Development Resource Assessment, finds that 61 gigawatts (GW) of hydroelectric power potential exists at waterways without existing dams or diversion facilities.[read more]

As the Solar Industry Eyes Storage, Experts at Intersolar Talk About Key Growth Markets

July 11, 2014 by Jeff St. John

This week’s Intersolar North America conference, the world’s largest solar power confab, has dedicated multiple tracks of its multi-day schedule to energy storage. That’s a lot more attention than the single, hour-long session dedicated to marrying batteries with solar panels at last year’s show.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

July 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage Internalized Costs

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using batteries as a primary energy storage mechanism. 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]

Energy Quote of the Day: Cannabis Growing Uses 'A Staggering Amount of Electricity'

July 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Changing Drug Policy and Energy Usage

As states decriminalize marijuana use for personal consumption and several states move forward with medical use legislation, the subsequent explosion of indoor grow operations has gotten utilities’ attention. There is a concern the energy-intensive “indoor agriculture” could strain the grid.[read more]

Federal Budget Stunts like Blocking Enforcement of Light Bulb Standards Put U.S. Jobs at Risk

July 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Federal Budgets and Light Bulb Standards

The Republican-backed federal spending bill is set to become a vehicle for a number of misguided legislative maneuvers wholly unrelated to the budget and aimed at blocking programs that help Americans save energy while cutting harmful pollution.[read more]

Energy Politics is Often More About Location than Party

July 10, 2014 by Rod Adams

Massachusetts has a large influence on energy policy making. Even without any congressmen or senators on key committees and without any large energy corporations in the state, it is the home of the Secretary of Energy, the EPA Administrator, and the acting FERC chairman.[read more]

Network-Connected Electronics Wasted the Equivalent of 133 Coal Plants Last Year

July 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Device Electricity Waste

Last year, there was a missed opportunity to save the amount of energy produced by 133 mid-size coal-fired power plants. And it did not involve adjusting thermostats or turning off lights. Instead, the 400 terawatt-hours of wasted energy globally were sucked up by network-enabled devices.[read more]