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Overview of Our Energy Modeling Problem

May 2, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel Limits and Energy Modeling

We live in a world with limits, yet our economy needs growth. How can we expect this scenario to play out? My view is that this problem will play out as a fairly near-term financial problem, with low oil prices leading to a fall in oil production. But not everyone comes to this conclusion.[read more]

NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

May 2, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Efficiency in California

As the state of California finalizes its mandatory cuts in water use for an average of 25 percent for companies like urban water suppliers, new NRG solar customers in the cities of Fresno and San Diego can soon begin to receive a smart sprinkler from Rachio.[read more]

Energy News: Batteries + Renewables = Growth; Kudos and Coverage for Member Companies

May 2, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

We recently reported that “solar-plus-storage” was the hottest new thing in advanced energy. This week, the New York Times agreed, posting a science feature on the growing (and growth!) partnership between batteries and renewable energy. But why now?[read more]

A Two-in-One Energy Solution: Capturing Waste Heat for Electricity

May 2, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Capturing Waste Heat

In Dublin, Ohio, the Community Recreation Center decided to reduce its energy waste. Rather than rely on an electric utility to burn more coal or natural gas to provide electricity, as well as its own boilers to burn more fuel to provide heat, the facility decided to install a combined heat and power unit.[read more]

New Hydropower in Developing Markets, Upgrades in the United States

May 1, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Hydropower Development and Progress

Hydropower is a mature technology that has tapped most of the resources available in developed countries, with the exception of Canada, which continues to eye large hydro projects. Despite this, there are still hydro opportunities available in the United States.[read more]

Georgia Power Leverages Smart Meters for Prepaid Electricity

May 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Georgia Power and Smart Meters

Michael Garrett enjoys the convenience of paying for electricity when he wants to and keeping tabs on his daily usage. He’s not prepaying for electricity because he moves around a lot or has financial troubles. In fact, he’s had a steady job for years with the utility that offers the program, Georgia Power.[read more]

While Most Wait for the Federal Government, California May Have Just Broken the Methane Puzzle Wide Open

May 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Methane Risk and Policy

Methane from oil and gas operations is a serious climate risk, but also a ripe opportunity to make a huge dent in overall greenhouse emissions. This past week, the state of California took a big, and long-awaited, step to address the challenge.[read more]

From PlaNYC to OneNYC: New York's Evolving Sustainability Policy

May 1, 2015 by Steven Cohen

One of the signature accomplishments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the development and implementation of the city's first sustainability plan. Bloomberg saw projections of New York's growth and realized that environmental goals needed to be integrated into the city's future.[read more]

Projections Show U.S. Becoming a Net Exporter of Natural Gas

May 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Natural Gas Exports

In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015, the Energy Information Administration expects the United States to be a net natural gas exporter by 2017. After 2017, natural gas trade is driven largely by the availability of natural gas resources and by world energy prices.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Fast Reactors Come and Go

May 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Amid all the interest in small modular reactors using well known light water technologies, occasionally fast reactor start-ups appear on the technological horizon. Several such start-ups have recently garnered media attention due to their focus on either molten salt or thorium fuel.[read more]

The Three Principles that Guide Randall Abramson's Oil and Gas Investment Strategy

May 1, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Randall Abramson, CFA, is CEO and portfolio manager of Trapeze Asset Management Inc., a firm he cofounded in 1999 shortly after founding its affiliate broker dealer, Trapeze Capital Corp. Abramson was named one of Canada's 'Stock Market Superstars' in Bob Thompson's Stock Market Superstars.[read more]

A Call to Foundations to Step Up Giving, Act on Climate

April 30, 2015 by Justin Guay

Charity and Climate Change

It's time foundations stepped up their game when it comes to climate. That's the message from two foundations that have invested big in climate: Larry Kramer and Carol Larson of the Hewlett and Packard Foundations. They delivered their message in The Chronicle of Philanthropy in a philanthropic call to arms.[read more]

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Coal Cap

China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study released by the China Coal Cap Project.[read more]

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]

Encouraging Energy Companies to Inform Their Investors About Risks They Face From Climate Regulation

April 30, 2015 by James Coleman
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Energy Company Regulation Risk Assessment

My recent study compared what oil companies told regulators and investorsthe effect of new regulations. They told the two audiences two very different stories. But what if energy company comments to the EPA are accurate? That companies really are terrified, but they’re just not telling their investors?[read more]

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

April 30, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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The Sate of Nuclear Safety

Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing U.S. nuclear regulatory framework contains flaws that in some cases allow cost to trump safety. But there has always been tension between the nuclear industry and the regulators that oversee it.[read more]

Do Pay-For-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Outcomes We Need?

April 30, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Capacity Markets and Outcomes

Capacity markets intend to bridge the gap between revenues available from energy markets and the all-in cost of desired capacity. They offer commitments, still short-term relative to most investment timescales, to make fixed payments for the right to call on an energy resource when needed.[read more]

A New Tariff Policy to Accelerate India's Renewables Growth

April 30, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Ministry of Power has proposed amendments to the country’s existing tariff policy of 2005. Promotion of renewable generation sources has now been added as the fifth objective of the policy, and there are three salient features for the solar sector in this proposed amendment.[read more]