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Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

December 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Smart Meters and Electricity Pricing

Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.[read more]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

December 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups.[read more]

Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Putin, the Ruble, Rosneft and Economic Crisis

December 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia, Oil, and Economics

The Russian economy is heavily dependent on oil – prices of which have been falling precipitously – and sanctions imposed by western governments in retaliation for Russia’s aggressive action in Ukraine are putting extreme pressure on the country’s currency.[read more]

It's Time for Environmentalists to Give Nuclear a Fair Go

December 20, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Greens and Nuclear Energy

Should the development and use of nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries’) future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a realistic solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

High-Energy Innovation: The Case of Shale Gas

December 19, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Shale Gas and Energy Innovation

The boom in U.S. natural gas production, created by technical innovations in the recovery of natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock formations and land-use policies that favor private development, has helped lower electricity costs and benefited the petrochemical and manufacturing industries.[read more]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Short-Sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate'

December 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Fracking Ban and Reactions

The opposite and deeply conflicted ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking.' Reaction to the move has been swift.[read more]

Educating the First Generation of Sustainability Managers

December 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Today, as our growing economy stresses the ecosystems that make human life and wealth possible, CEOs must manage the physical dimensions of sustainability. What used to be a small, negligible part of management has become a core function of management.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: OPEC Net Oil Export Revenues Expected to Fall in 2014 and 2015

December 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

OPEC Oil Export Revenue Drop

Based on market assessments in the Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion from net oil exports in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010.[read more]

Will World Bank President Dr. Kim Go the Last Mile for Clean Energy Access?

December 19, 2014 by Justin Guay

World Bank Policy and Energy Access

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International jointly released a scorecard evaluating the four major multilateral development banks, World Bank Group, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, on their investment in clean energy access. All were failing.[read more]

First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

December 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar Residential PV Investment

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small business customers on behalf of utilities.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]

As Canada's New Energy Sheriff Shakes Things Up, Credibility is Imperative

December 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Canada, Regulation, and Trust

Alberta is Canada’s energy powerhouse, home to the country’s natural gas reserves and many coal mines. As the country seeks to be a global energy power it needs the steward of its abundant resources to be viewed as the world’s best, and that responsibility falls on the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator.[read more]

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

December 18, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

International Negotiations and Private Energy Investment

Simultaneous support and action from both business and government is difficult, especially with climate change and clean energy. The reality is often a chicken or the egg question of whether policy should come first and give business the confidence to invest, or whether business interests shape the policy.[read more]