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Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[read more]

More Steps Towards Paris

May 21, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Framework

Substantial progress is being made towards a good coverage of INDC submissions by the time of the Paris COP, although many eyes will now be turning to the emerging economies for the real signal with regards tackling global emissions. Mexico has made a good start in that regard.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for May and June [VIDEO]

May 21, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the EU's internal energy market, and the G7 energy ministers meeting in Hamburg.[read more]

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

May 20, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meter Adoption

New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to revamp the way utilities are regulated in order to establish a 21st-century energy system. But the state is still trailing in one crucial area: More than 99% of its homes have antiquated meters.[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

Reducing the Costs of Decarbonising Winter Heating Needs to Be a Priority

May 19, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Winter and Clean Energy Needs

Large scale electrification of winter heating looks to be essential if the United Kingdom’s legally binding 2050 emissions reduction target is to be met, with other approaches likely playing a lesser role. However, electrification of winter heating poses severe challenges.[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

Lessons of the Move from Hybrids Back to SUVs

May 19, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The shift in consumer attitudes from the purchase of hybrid vehicles back to large and gas guzzling SUVs due to the recent drop in gas prices demonstrates that mass behaviors that lead to a sustainable and renewable economy will not come from a simple desire to protect the environment.[read more]

Nonpetroleum Share of Transportation Energy at Highest Level Since 1954

May 19, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Transportation Energy Share

In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its highest level since 1954, a time when the use of coal-fired steam locomotives was declining and automobile use was growing rapidly.[read more]

Solar in the Circular Economy: A New Business Model

May 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Solar Economics

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free, and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heating, cooling, or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters), and that is costly.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

May 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Peak Oil and Fuel Booms

Over the last few years, those worried about peak oil have been on the defensive. The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible. So we can declare peak oil dead, right? Chris Nelder, an energy analyst, has a simple answer: No.[read more]

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

May 18, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Markets and Energy Booms

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, Energy Information Administration Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.[read more]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Microgrids, Coast to Coast

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm.[read more]

First Real Debate on the EU Energy Union Reveals Top Priorities [VIDEO]

May 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Union Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Anders Marvik (Statoil EU Affairs) to debate the question: “Where to next for the Energy Union?"[read more]

Average Size of New Commercial Buildings in United States Continues to Grow

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

U.S. Building Size

Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade. Information about the commercial building stock in 2012 is now being released, and energy-use information is expected later this year.[read more]

Powerit: Don't Buy a Battery Until You've Tapped 'Virtual Storage'

May 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Batteries and Virtual Storage

Tesla got a lot of attention last week for its new batteries for solar-equipped homes. But there’s an even bigger business opportunity for batteries to help commercial buildings shave peak load, manage demand charges and improve the economics of rooftop solar systems.[read more]

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

May 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar in the South

Anyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two Southeastern states is enormous. Now, after a slow start, so is the headway the clean power technology is making in the Southeast's two most populous states.[read more]