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The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly

Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

Vivint Solar IPO: Residential Solar is Growing Up

September 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Two weeks ago Vivint Solar registered for its initial public offering. Valued at $200 million, this looks to be the latest in a series of success stories in the residential solar market. The Vivint announcement follows the very successful run in SolarCity stock since its IPO in late 2012.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[read more]

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-Productive to Industry's Safety Goals

September 16, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Instead of spending money on a twitter campaign bashing the EPA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might take a lesson from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and play a similar constructive role in encouraging its members to self-police for safety and environmental protection.[read more]

Brookings Institute Argues for Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

September 16, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Oil Export Regulation

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to President Obama, gave a speech at a recent event presenting the case why the ban on United States crude oil exports should be lifted. The ban is a legacy policy from the 1970’s that is no longer relevant in today’s market.[read more]

New England Natural Gas Market 'Not Taking Full Advantage of Available Infrastructure'

September 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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New England and the Natural Gas Market

When temperatures plummeted across the Northeast last winter, spot natural gas prices along the Eastern Seaboard spiked to eye-popping levels causing many to call for additional pipeline capacity. However, as is often the case with energy issues, the situation is more complex than it may first appear.[read more]

Did Solar Capacity Beat Natural Gas in the First Half of 2014?

September 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Capacity and Natural Gas

Last year, solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power were the second-largest source of new generating capacity in the U.S. That trend continued through the first half of 2014, with solar coming in behind natural gas in terms of new power plant additions. Or did it?[read more]

Despite Decline in Some Regions, World Oil Consumption Still Seen Rising

September 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Fuel Trends

The largest potential for growth in demand for liquid fuels lies in the emerging economies of China, India, and countries in the Middle East, while in the United States, Europe, Japan, and other mature industrialized economies, liquid fuel demand has leveled off and is projected to slowly decline.[read more]

Department of Energy's National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

September 15, 2014 by Mark Muro

Labs as Hubs

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation’s metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged?[read more]

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EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies, Part 2: Industrial Proven Technology Solutions and Estimated Costs

September 15, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Regs and How to Comply

The new EPA carbon standard should reduce U.S. Power Sector total annual emissions by 30% during 2005-2030. Which technologies are most likely to be used to meet the new carbon standard by 2030 and what will be the costs for future Consumers?[read more]

Exporting US Oil to Mexico

September 15, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Two of the biggest energy stories of the last twelve months have been the reform of Mexico's oil sector after 75 years of state monopoly and the United States oil industry's drive to gain approval to export a growing surplus of domestic light crude oil.[read more]

Another Record Year for CO2

September 15, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Emissions Growth

Global carbon dioxide emissions increased to 35.1 billion metric tons (BMT) in 2013. This was a new global record, 2.1% above the previous record set a year earlier. Global carbon dioxide emissions have set new records 4 years in a row, and have increased in 19 of the past 20 years.[read more]

Cleaning China's Smoggy Skies: China Released Draft Air Pollution Law Amendments for Public Comment

September 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On Tuesday, September 9th, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council released the first draft of the highly-anticipated revisions to the national Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law, providing hope that blue skies won’t always be fleeting in China's future.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They’re Not Ghost Towns Anymore...'

September 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Fracking and Communities

What does the term “fracking” mean to you? Chances are there are numerous answers to that question because the term has vaulted into US vernacular and political debates virtually overnight, along with the astonishing domestic oil and gas production increases to which hydraulic fracturing is directly related.[read more]

Opower Enters Rare Partnership With FirstFuel to Expand Into Commercial Building Efficiency

September 14, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower doesn't often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell for a smart thermostat deployment, it hasn't needed to rely on others to expand.[read more]

Going Back to School, Moving Forward with Solar Energy

September 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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School Energy Costs and Savings

While this may have been a tough week for some of New York’s school kids, who, in the last few days, have headed back to class, the school districts that educate them, just got some great news: A new, New York State program called K-Solar (read that: “K through Solar”) has just launched.[read more]