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Rethinking the Energetic Cost of Electricity Storage

December 3, 2013 by James Greenberger
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The simple answer to Charles Barnhart’s proposition, that you wouldn’t spend a $100 on a safe to store a $10 watch, is: yes you would—if the $10 watch costs $200 to replace. That is the analysis that California has done and that other jurisdictions in the United States and around the world are doing.[read more]

Limitations of Unreliable Energy Sources, aka 'Renewables'

November 22, 2013 by Rod Adams
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As part of the discussions stimulated by their airing of Pandora’s Promise, CNN hosted a debate between Michael Schellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute and Dale Bryk of the Natural Resources Defense Council. That debate included some commentary that I thought was worth promoting.[read more]

The Odd Couple: Natural Gas and Renewables

November 15, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Natural Gas and Renewables

The talk in Texas currently is about using its newly discovered shale gas abundance and its growing renewables capacity synergistically. But is natural gas a bridge to renewables or is it actually an environmental sin?[read more]

122% Wind Power?: A Postcard from the Future of Energy

November 14, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Wind Energy and the Future

Denmark has gotten over 100% wind power in ninety different hours this year. How do they handle that kind of energy, and what does it portend for the United States? A "Postcard from the Future" from America's Power Plan.[read more]

Solar Storage: The New Resilient Clean Energy Technology

November 5, 2013 by Lewis Milford

Clean Energy Group's new Resilient Power Project is helping states figure out how to provide resilient power to critical infrastructure, so that needed services can be provided during a natural disaster that knocks out portions of the electric grid.[read more]

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

November 4, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Examining the German Energy Transition

Critics abroad seem convinced that German leaders will come to their senses and change course on energy. But, based on what the leaders actually say in their official documents, these critics are very likely to be disappointed.[read more]

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Green Economic Patriotism: The Need to Invest in America's Clean Energy Sector

October 29, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Clean Energy Investment

In 2012, the United States spent $35 billion on renewable energy – down 37% from $56 billion in 2011. The wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth is losing out in the global pursuit of clean energy to competitors such as China and India, and there is no excuse.[read more]

Under Threat, German Utility Says It Will Create a New 'Prosumer Business Model'

October 25, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Challenged by the surge in distributed renewables and a strong decline in revenues, one of Europe's largest largest utilities, RWE, is reportedly planning to completely transform itself from a traditional electricity provider into a renewable energy service provider.[read more]

Study: No Long-Term Climate Benefit From Shale Gas Revolution

October 20, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Shale Gas and Climate Change

Claims that shale gas will significantly reduce US carbon emissions are based on hand-waving and wishful thinking. That’s because those claims assume natural gas is replacing coal only, rather than some combination of coal, renewables, nuclear power, and energy efficiency.[read more]

New Study: Carbon Reduction Opportunities for Oil Industry Are Significant

October 18, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Carbon Reduction and the Oil Industry

While the substitution of cleaner energy sources for crude oil, like advanced renewable fuels made from agricultural waste, is a key strategy to reduce carbon pollution, it is also important to employ technologies that can directly reduce the pollution generated from crude oil extraction and refining.[read more]

Renewable Industry Leaders Call on EU To Support 2030 Renewable Energy Target

October 5, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Renewable energy industry leaders have co-signed an open letter to the European Ministers of Energy, Commissioner for Energy, and Commissioner for Climate Action, calling for the EU to adopt a legally binding target for renewable energy in the form of the Climate and Energy Framework for 2030.[read more]

Six Myths About Renewable Energy, and Seven Answers

October 2, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Renewable Energy

Keith Johnson, writing recently in the Wall Street Journal, lays out “Six Myths About Renewable Energy.” Citing the rapid progress renewables have made in recent years, he concludes that many of the debating points we hear today are based on outdated facts and assumptions.[read more]

What Does an 'Energy Transition' Look Like?

September 26, 2013 by Daniel Kammen

Energy Transitions

Every person who works on energy futures – myself included – tends to spends a great deal of time envisioning and then evaluating the various scientific, technical, policy, and behavioral factors needed to initiate and sustain these shifts.[read more]

Nonrenewable Renewables?

September 26, 2013 by Robert Rapier
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This week the WSJ began publishing the latest round of answers to questions that were submitted to their energy panel several weeks ago. The first question answered this week was: What is the single biggest misconception people have about renewable energy in the U.S.?[read more]

Analysis: 50 Percent Reduction In Renewable Energy Cost Since 2008

September 20, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Renewable Energy Costs

Renewable energy becoming more cost-competitive with fossil fuels isn’t news – as technology improves and more clean power generation comes online, electricity without emissions gets cheaper. But one new analysis reveals just how shockingly cheap it’s gotten.[read more]