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Going Solar Should Be No More Difficult than Getting Cable TV

April 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Installation Efficiency

Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn't be particularly hard or time-consuming.[read more]

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

April 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.[read more]

Fostering U.S.-Russia Energy Innovation

April 18, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Energy Innovation and Cooperation

"All the technology that wows us, all the portability that we have quickly gotten used to, is based on lithium ion batteries. There is an intense interest in still higher capacity batteries," says Carl V. Thompson, co-director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage.[read more]

'Legacy' Emissions and Beyond-Neutrality Corporate Emission Reduction Targets

April 18, 2015 by Noah Deich

Corporate Emission Reduction Target

While eliminating future emissions is an important first step on the pathway to stabilizing our climate, few companies are talking about how they can deal with the fact that a significant percentage of their emissions from previous decades of doing business still remain in the atmosphere.[read more]

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

April 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

It's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech venture capital. That might take an entire generation to fix itself. But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of venture capital funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks. Here's a quick roundup.[read more]

Stakeholders Gather to Discuss How Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Can Work in New York

April 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Electricity Pricing

Last week, Environmental Defense Fund co-hosted a successful forum on residential time-variant electricity pricing – which allows customers to pay different prices for electricity depending on when it is used – within the context of New York’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ proceeding.[read more]

Dominion's Natural Gas Gamble Looks Risky for Ratepayers

April 18, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Dominion and Ratepayer Risks

Dominion Resources and its regulated subsidiary, Dominion Virginia Power, are gambling big on natural gas. But while the utility giant will be a winner if gas prices stay low over the next 20 years, the risk of losing this bet is very real—and the risk is being borne disproportionately by Virginia consumers.[read more]

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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

4 Ways to Invest in the Low-Carbon Economy

April 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Low-Carbon Investment

Citigroup Inc. recently pledged $100 billion for sustainability, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. This is yet another sign that global capital markets are enormously interested in delivering capital into clean, renewable sources of energy. But you don’t have to be Citigroup to invest in the clean energy future.[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]

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

April 17, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Who is the Apple of Energy?

Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” he lamented. The plan, said Crane, was to make NRG the company “that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices.”[read more]

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
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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]

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]