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Countries Accelerate Talks on Phasing Down HFC Super-Pollutants under the Montreal Protocol

November 28, 2014 by David Doniger

Wrapping up a week of talks in Paris, diplomats agreed to hold talks starting in April 2015 on proposals to replace these super-potent heat-trapping chemicals – used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and other industrial applications – with climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

New Poll Finds 73 Percent of Voters Support Crucial Tax Policy for Wind Energy

November 28, 2014 by Shauna Theel

Wind Energy and Tax Policy

A new poll found that wide majorities of different political affiliations, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, support keeping the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, which is perhaps the key federal policy support mechanism for wind energy.[read more]

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A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations To Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

November 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Utility Regulations and Future Energy Planning

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin such a task, and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation?[read more]

Oil and Currency Markets Reflect Expectations for Lower Global Economic Growth

November 28, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil and Expectations

Since August, both crude oil and currency markets have been influenced by lower economic growth expectations in countries outside the United States. Prices in both markets recently broke out of established trading ranges, driven by concerns about weaker future global demand.[read more]

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Future Cities Need 'Intelligent' Local Energy Systems

November 28, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Urban Energy Systems

In cities we are faced with systems of multiple spatial as well as temporal scales. Slowly changing urban infrastructure systems are required to react to sometimes rapid societal changes. In addition cities bring together a large variety of different stakeholders their own specific viewpoints.[read more]

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

November 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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China Caps Coal

China announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week.[read more]

Carbon Sequestration: Where Will All the Carbon Go?

November 27, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Sequestration Techniques

It is becoming increasingly likely that our society will need to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere in order to prevent climate change. The question then becomes: how are we going to store all of this CO2 that we remove from the atmosphere?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'It's Likely a Business We're in Long-Term Irrespective of Keystone'

November 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Keystone Construction and Energy Business

Long viewed as a more expensive short-term solution to pipelines, it appears transporting crude oil via rail is likely to continue in conjunction with pipeline infrastructure. As North American oil production crept steadily higher over the past several years, the output surge overwhelmed existing pipelines.[read more]

Does Texas Need a Carbon Tax to Meet EPA Climate Rules?

November 27, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The Texas grid has (mostly) kept the lights on despite having minimal reserve margins for years. But if ERCOT, which operates the state’s grid, implements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions, it will reduce grid reliability in the state even further.[read more]

Talking Points for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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We all have that one family member, and with the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, perhaps you’ll be sitting next to this loved one for the traditional dinner feast. Here are useful talking points that will help you set the record straight about two hot Smart Grid topics.[read more]

Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap its Coal Consumption by 2020

November 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China Climate Breakthrough

Hard on the heels of the US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Number of Megawatts is Simply not Replaceable in the Short Term with Renewables'

November 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Renewables as Short Term Replacements

Utilities are considering “repowering” old coal-fired power plants with natural gas. Environmental groups initiated lawsuits to stop these plants. Environmentalists want to shut the plants and replace the power they generate with renewables. Utilities argue this is not always possible, particularly in the short term.[read more]

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Five Energy Moments To Be Thankful For In 2014

November 26, 2014 by Stephanie Kays

An Energy Thanksgiving

As we wind down the year 2014, there have been a few moments – some forward thinking and others outright overdue – in the world of energy that we can look back on and be thankful. Overall, countries around the world took a good step forward in the direction of a cleaner planet.[read more]

America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

November 26, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This is the 50th anniversary of New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World's Fair which took place the same year the bridge opened.[read more]

Why the Phrase 'Energy Leapfrogging' Is Misleading

November 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Leapfrogging?

A recent Business Week column on India described, “leapfrogging the nation’s ailing power-distribution infrastructure with solar-powered local networks — the same way mobile-phones have enabled people in poor, remote places to bypass landlines.” But there a difference between cell phones and solar panels.[read more]