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Comparing Clean Energy Benefits: Forward-Looking Analyses Are Key

September 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Source: Kuebi, Armin Kübelbeck

Good science should spark debate. It’s the nature of the field, after all. You ask questions, search for data and then debate what it means or what actions the data should spur. Such a debate is underway now, and it is adding fuel to an old fire.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Panel Tariff, Chile's Glacier Law, Brazil's Deforestation Gang

September 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Latin America Green News / shutterstock

The BCIE expects to invest $500 million in Central America for renewable energy power generation, especially in Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. While 65 percent of energy produced throughout Central America comes from renewable sources, that figure represents only 7 percent of the region’s energy potential.[read more]

Pioneers in 2015: Companies in the Energy and Clean Tech Space

September 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

According to the World Economic Forum, its Technology Pioneers program recognizes “companies – normally in a start-up phase – from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are set to have a significant impact on business and society.”[read more]

Iowa Ruling Shows the Way to Third-Party Solar Without Legislation

September 2, 2014 by Tom Plant
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Photo: Les Stockton

A ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court in July showed how third party solar might get the go-ahead even without legislation. In 2011, the city of Dubuque contacted Eagle Point Solar to install a PV system on a city building. Since public entities can’t benefit from tax credits, third-party ownership translates into lower costs.[read more]

Dept. of Energy Report Shows How Far U.S. Wind Energy Has Come and the Challenges Ahead

September 2, 2014 by Kit Kennedy

U.S. wind / shutterstock

For U.S. wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That's the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released last week by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).[read more]

MIT Takes a View on a New Climate Agreement

September 1, 2014 by David Hone
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Renewable energy projection

A new MIT report, Expectations for a New Climate Agreement, looks at the prospects for the expected Paris COP21 agreement actually changing the current global emissions pathway. The findings don’t give a lot to be hopeful about, but nevertheless are worthy of further review.[read more]

Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US Transmission Investments

September 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Aging U.S. grid / shutterstock

America has fallen behind when it comes to investing in new energy infrastructure. According to the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, energy companies have chronically under-invested in the electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, and storage facilities for fuels. The organization gave America a sorry D+ grade for the shortfall.[read more]

Is Coal Really "Peaking" in China?

September 1, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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“While uncertainty over the changes in coal stockpiles still exists, we’re confident that the unbelievable may be at hand: peak coal consumption in China.” So concludes a recent blog post from Justin Guay and Lauri Myllyvirta. What does this recent (possible) dip auger for future emissions and energy trends in China? It's complicated.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?

September 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and the Clean Power Plan

The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. However, the EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Turning to Renewable Energy to 'Become Better Warfighters'

August 31, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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US Military and Renewables

It’s no secret the US military seeks to increase its renewable energy production capacity as a way to reduce reliance on the sometimes unreliable civilian power grid while decreasing liquid petroleum consumption which is expensive and dangerous to transport.[read more]

How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

August 31, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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US Territories and Oil Need

The 4 million inhabitants of US territories (3.6 million of which live in Puerto Rico) power their islands almost entirely with petroleum. And because the price of oil is relatively high, residential electricity prices in the territories are three to five times the price of mainland electricity.[read more]

Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

August 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Corals and Environmental Risk

At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know very much about it.[read more]

New England Relying More on Natural Gas Along with Hydroelectric Imports from Canada

August 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

New England Energy Resources

Electric operators in New England have been both generating more electricity from natural gas and importing more hydroelectric generation from Quebec over the past decade. These two sources of electricity are displacing the use of coal and oil as generation fuels in New England.[read more]

Echelon Ditches the Smart Grid to Focus on the Internet of Things

August 30, 2014 by Jeff St. John

As the smart meter market has hit the doldrums, we’ve seen a number of grid networking players start to look for opportunities in the “internet of things,” or IOT for short -- a broad term that can include everything from smart street lights and building controls to IT-enabled industrial equipment and medical devices.[read more]