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Summit Tackles India's Sustainable Energy Goals

October 2, 2014 by Christina Nunez

In India, 300 million people still lack access to electricity. Coal, which currently accounts for 59% of India’s power capacity, will help meet that demand. But India’s quest to meet its energy needs occurs against the backdrop of increasing international pressure for nations to act on climate change.[read more]

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Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller
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Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

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Making the Boom Bigger: Opportunities Abound for the Oil & Gas Industry to Address Environmental Challenges with Practical Innovation

October 1, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Environmental Risk Management

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the United States has created an extraordinary economic opportunity in the nation’s energy sector while it has at the same time has posed a nearly unprecedented amount of environmental concern.[read more]

Hazy Midwest Power Outlook Clears a Bit: More Regional Cooperation Needed

October 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Midwest Power Outlook

Some energy industry observers recently have made much ado about concerns that the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, the entity responsible for managing the electric grid in the Midwest and middle South region, is tight on power supplies and faces an increasing risk of blackouts.[read more]

New Jersey Transit Becomes a Leader in Microgrids

October 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Transit Infrastructure and Microgrids

 

Superstorm Sandy crippled much of New Jersey’s critical infrastructure two years ago. Stuck without power at home, many also couldn’t get to work because the operations center for New Jersey Transit flooded, damaging backup power systems, emergency generation, and the computers that control train operations.[read more]

Can New Hybrid Models Make Up for Slowing Growth in Traditional Demand Response?

October 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hybrid Models and Demand Response

The previously growing demand response market in the United States took a hit in May when an appeals court ruled against a federal order requiring grid operators to pay wholesale prices for demand reductions bid into the system in real time.[read more]

SaskPower Unveils First Commercial-Scale, Coal-Fired Power Plant to Capture Carbon

October 1, 2014 by Doug Vine
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Carbon Capture Implementation

For perhaps the first time ever, a large-scale, coal-fired power plant is capturing carbon dioxide in order to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere, which could be a milestone for a technology that will most likely be critical to addressing climate change.[read more]

How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

October 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar Energy Absorber Tech

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the sun — but not much of the rest of the spectrum.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We are Still Assessing the Outcome of the Attack on the Refineries'

October 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Conflict, Funding Sources, and Oil

The US military partnered with Saudi Arabia and the UAE on air strikes that bombed 12 “teapot” refineries in eastern Syria reportedly used as part of ISIS’ underground oil operations. These small modular refineries are major sources of funding for the extremists.[read more]

Rationalizing California's Residential Electricity Rates

September 30, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Home Electricity Rates

California is talking seriously about changing the way utilities price electricity for residential customers. As a result of recent legislative actions, the CPUC now has some flexibility to modify the extreme increasing-block pricing schedules that were adopted after California’s 2000-01 electricity crisis.[read more]

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Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman
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Markets and the Grid

Across the Midwest and Eastern US and into Canada, the extreme weather events of 2014’s winter tested the regional energy markets in unprecedented ways. Successive polar vortexes swept cold over North America and pushed energy prices to record highs.[read more]

Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Energy

September 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo, just sent out a release revealing that the conflict over solar valuation has escalated to the point of requiring a decision from the IRS.[read more]

Companies are Part of the Equation to Address Climate Change

September 30, 2014 by Bob Perciasepe
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In recent years, many companies have acknowledged the risks of climate change and worked to improve their energy efficiency and sustainability. Recently, companies announced new efforts to fund clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and support a price on carbon.[read more]

Information and Efficiency: Is Data A Painkiller?

September 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Can data kill your pain? Los Angeles is hoping it will, at least where some data sources are concerned. Back in May, the city launched a new DataLA site that features data downloads on topics such as crime statistics and budget information, as well as easy to understand visualizations of key metrics.[read more]

It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

September 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon.[read more]