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A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 1: Generating Economic Growth

January 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Economics and Growth

How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

Methane Mitigation Sector: EPA Actions Good for Industry, Will Curb Waste and Protect Communities

January 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane Mitigation

A rising chorus of companies in the oil and gas services sector are raising their voices in support of the smart idea to limit vast waste of methane taking place every day in the nation’s the oil and gas operations. These companies in the methane mitigation industry are experts in finding and fixing methane waste.[read more]

3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]

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Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 23, 2015 by Jason Brown
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Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]

Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy

January 23, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and PACE

As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I'm reminded of policies from that holistically benefited Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. It’s important to remember that no matter the politics, clean energy solutions make sense for Texas – economically and environmentally.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Halfway Between $50 and $100"

January 23, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse Impacts

The steep and fast oil price decline is hitting companies hard, with projects cancelled and workers being laid off. As analysts scramble to evaluate which companies are most vulnerable in the lower oil price environment, some are trying to figure out when oil prices might recover some of their recent losses.[read more]

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

January 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twenty-first century managers must pay attention to the use and cost of natural resources, the cost of waste production and disposal, and the environmental impact of organizational outputs and waste.[read more]

2014 is the Hottest Year on Record: Some Thoughts

January 23, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records Analysis

As one month after another broke heat records in 2014, especially in the world’s oceans, the continuing and accelerating trend of heat energy in the global climate system seems increasingly apparent, as clear as any Wall Street trader looking for a trending market could hope for: Up. Or is it?[read more]

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

January 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says “seriously misinterpreted” federal law, with results that could be “tremendously damaging to the electricity system.”[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Regional Differences in China's Vehicle Adoption Reflect Differences in Income

January 23, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China Wealth and Car Growth

Oil demand and imports in China have increased significantly as private passenger vehicle sales and use have increased. Sales of private passenger vehicles have grown by 29% annually over the past 13 years, which has increased gasoline consumption in China.[read more]

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

January 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Trade Agreements and Green Provisions

A 21st century trade agreement must ensure that key environmental protections that our citizens depend upon aren't directly or indirectly undercut. And it should ensure that countries become leaders on key environmental challenges such as destruction of our oceans, wildlife, land, forests, and climate.[read more]

Sequestration on Shaky Ground

January 22, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Carbon Storage and Feasibility

Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and injecting it deep below the Earth’s surface, where it would permanently solidify into rock. While useful, the actual practice may be more complicated than previously thought.[read more]

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

January 22, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Ask a grid engineer in HI or GER about his work, and you’re in for an earful. Policymakers would be smart to listen. While discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound technical, voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.[read more]

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year?

January 22, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Warming Records and Data Analysis

 

Measured temperatures have warmed nearly 2° Fahrenheit since the early 20th century. Whether last year or 2010 was warmer might seem like more of an academic point than a practical one. However, the refrain of "record temperature" reports creates a false impression that the warming is accelerating.[read more]

Keystone XL: Let's Make a Megadeal and Get Congress to Fulfill a Cleantech Wishlist

January 22, 2015 by Matt Stewart
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A proposal: let’s make a megadeal. Authorize Keystone XL. But in return, it’s time for clean energy advocates to play hardball — and get something meaningful in return for it. In fact, get a lot meaningful for it. This is the time to break out the cleantech-policy Christmas lists.[read more]

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

January 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in his Stat of the Union speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.[read more]