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Carbon Sequestration: Where Will All the Carbon Go?

November 27, 2014 by Noah Deich

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]

Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?

November 27, 2014 by Rod Adams

On October 20, IBM announced that it was spinning off its chip division by paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion. GlobalFoundaries appears to have won the deal with its geographic position of owning fabrication facilities in New York as well as in Germany and Malaysia.[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]

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]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Distributed Solar PV

November 25, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar PV Internal Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of distributed solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More

November 25, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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The Clean Power Plan and Advanced Energy

 

Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.[read more]

It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012

November 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Install Pricing Drop

Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped $28 billion. When scientists say we need a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news. It's certainly not good by climate action standards. But it's not as bad as it sounds either.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]

Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics

November 25, 2014 by Devashree Saha

In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.[read more]

Torrefaction via Radio Waves

November 25, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Radio Waves and Energy

I have found over the years that the vast majority of biomass to energy projects aren’t economically viable for one reason or another. I have looked at companies that utilize many different conversion technologies, and most of the time my job consisted of searching for fatal flaws of different approaches.[read more]

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Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

November 24, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Coal Ash Waste Disposal Risk

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife.[read more]