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Energy Transition


Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 3, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

February 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Saudi Arabia and Energy Source Change

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity.[read more]

How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

February 11, 2015 by Peter Lehner

In some West Virginia and Kentucky counties, coal accounts for up to 40% of the workforce. Yet these coal-dependent counties also have some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the region. As we shift to cleaner sources of energy, we need to help communities make the transition successfully.[read more]

German Demand Response: Almost Ready for Prime Time

April 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When the wind blows and the sun shines in Germany, electricity prices in the country plummet. Natural gas peaker plants are not needed, as the peaks are erased and they cannot compete with renewables. But the grid still needs a lot of balancing resources during times that renewables dominate.[read more]

Writing Off Germany's Energiewende as a Failure Is Unwise

March 17, 2014 by Luke Currin

Energiewende a Failure?

"I think we need to start over,” Germany’s new Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, told a popular German weekly newspaper at the close of 2013. Gabriel’s about-face shocked those committed to seeing the Energiewende through.[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]

Trash, Trees, and Taxes: The Cost of Germany's Energiewende

September 16, 2013 by Max Luke

Germany’s renewable energy transition, the “Energiewende,” has long been a subject of scorn among conservatives. But the last several months have seen growing skepticism about the Energiewende from critics on the center-left as well.[read more]

Switzerland Cannot Afford Not To Transition To Renewables

July 31, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Switzerland Renewables Transition

Looking at the overall cost of not transitioning to renewables and lower consumption, Switzerland cannot afford not to transition.This comes in the wake of German Environmental Minister Peter Altmaier’s assumption that transitioning to renewables would cost a trillion euros.[read more]

Data, more data and climate change

March 15, 2012 by David Hone

Climate change is one of those subjects that is awash with data, leading to an almost endless capacity for analysis and ultimately conclusion drawing. The same data can be used to create different analytical output and a single analysis can lead to more than one conclusion. This comes about not just from the climate data itself, but from energy use data, energy use projections and the combination of all of these into both simple and highly complex models which seek to map out climate scenarios for the balance of this century and beyond.[read more]

Scaling the Energy Transition

August 19, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

The August 13 issue of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), devotes a special section to "Scaling Up Alternative Energy". Most of the section, including some nifty comparative infographics, can be accessed free of charge until August 27, requiring only a free site registration. I...[read more]

The Energy Transition Is Already Underway

June 28, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Lately I've been struck by the number of new groups and proposals calling for America to begin the transition to cleaner energy. We even heard this call from the Oval Office several weeks ago. Yet while there's clearly much more to be done to wean ourselves from our reliance on oil and other high-carbon fuels, I'm baffled by the...[read more]