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Putting the Real Story of Energy and the Economy Together

April 17, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Workers and Energy Economics

What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two predominant energy stories. One is the story economists tell: The economy can grow forever; energy shortages will have no impact on the economy. We can simply substitute other forms of energy, or do without.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

U.S. Energy Imports and Exports to Come into Balance for First Time Since 1950s

April 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Import/Export Balance

Projections show the potential to eliminate net U.S. energy imports sometime between 2020 and 2030. This reflects changes in both supply and demand, as continued growth in oil and natural gas production and the use of renewables combine with demand-side efficiencies to moderate demand growth.[read more]

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

April 16, 2015 by Jim Baird

Mitigating Climate Change

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but another approach sits in the cooling of ocean surface waters.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Storage

April 17, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Energy Storage Tech

Several technologies can be used to store energy on the electricity transmission and distribution grid, including pumped storage hydro (PSH), compressed air energy storage (CAES), electrochemical batteries, flywheel systems and thermal energy storage systems.[read more]

Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

April 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.[read more]

Obama's Climate Agenda Is in Trouble: Here's How to Save It

April 16, 2015 by Abigail Barnes
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Obama's Climate Agenda

Last month, the names of a randomly selected three-judge panel were released in a case called Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA – and these three conservative-leaning judges now have the power to determine the fate of the EPA’s most important rule ever: the Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Atom and the Fault

April 16, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy History

I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled 'The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power.' Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several controversial nuclear plant projects in California, including Bodega Head, Malibu, and Diablo Canyon.[read more]

Another Step Towards an Integrated Home Energy Offering: SolarCity Partners with Nest Labs

April 16, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

SolarCity has just announced another important collaboration in the home energy space, this time with Nest Labs. Importantly, the announcement indicates that a common technology framework or platform is emerging that will integrate and address both home energy management as well as home solar generation.[read more]

World Economy Grew, but Carbon Emissions Didn't

April 16, 2015 by Doug Vine

Preliminary data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that energy-related CO2 emissions (from burning fossil fuels for electricity, transportation, industry, space heating and so on) remained unchanged from the previous year at 32.3 billion metric tons. Meanwhile, economic growth increased 3.3 percent.[read more]

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

No Fuel Costs: The Sexy Seduction of Renewables

April 16, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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No fuel costs. That is renewables' powerful, seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment. No fuel costs.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Is There Another Issue that Might Engage the Way Keystone Has?"

April 16, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Keystone XL and Public Rancor

Green groups are contemplating what the next battle will be after the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is over. While no one knows what the ultimate fate of the pipeline will be, the decision will come soon and activists will need to move on to other issues.[read more]

Pacto Eléctrico Seeks to Bring Reliable Power to Dominican Republic but Questions Remain

April 16, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

In the Dominican Republic during the day you might not even realize the power is out until you hear diesel generators around the neighborhood start to kick in. When it goes out at night you sweat, the only respite from the thick Caribbean heat often being nothing more than a small electric fan.[read more]

Hydropower Losses From California's Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

April 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Drought and Hydopower Impacts

The diminished hydropower capacity of California’s dams cost electricity customers a total of $1.4 billion in the past three years, according to a study from the Pacific Institute. When the 2007 to 2009 drought is taken into account, the figure rises to $2.4 billion.[read more]

TVA Backs Away from Bellefonte

April 15, 2015 by Dan Yurman

In a new Integrated Resource Plan released for public comment this week, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it no longer has plans to finish the partially complete Bellefonte Unit I nuclear energy reactor for which construction started in 1974.[read more]

Mobilizing Public and Private Investments for New and Renewable Energy Projects

April 15, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The energy market in the United States is currently undergoing a very dramatic transformation, a transformation driven by technological advancement, market dynamics, and better policies and laws—none of which was possible even a decade ago.[read more]

Deep Sea Drilling Rules and the Transition from Fossil Fuels

April 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The Department of the Interior will soon issue rules for new (not existing) oil drilling operations set to be released on the 5th anniversary of the deadly explosion of a BP oil drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the New York Times, the rule is expected to tighten safety requirements.[read more]