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Friday Energy Facts: OPEC Net Oil Export Revenues Expected to Fall in 2014 and 2015

December 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

OPEC Oil Export Revenue Drop

Based on market assessments in the Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion from net oil exports in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010.[read more]

Will World Bank President Dr. Kim Go the Last Mile for Clean Energy Access?

December 19, 2014 by Justin Guay

World Bank Policy and Energy Access

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International jointly released a scorecard evaluating the four major multilateral development banks, World Bank Group, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, on their investment in clean energy access. All were failing.[read more]

First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

December 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar Residential PV Investment

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small business customers on behalf of utilities.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]

As Canada's New Energy Sheriff Shakes Things Up, Credibility is Imperative

December 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Canada, Regulation, and Trust

Alberta is Canada’s energy powerhouse, home to the country’s natural gas reserves and many coal mines. As the country seeks to be a global energy power it needs the steward of its abundant resources to be viewed as the world’s best, and that responsibility falls on the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator.[read more]

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

December 18, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

International Negotiations and Private Energy Investment

Simultaneous support and action from both business and government is difficult, especially with climate change and clean energy. The reality is often a chicken or the egg question of whether policy should come first and give business the confidence to invest, or whether business interests shape the policy.[read more]

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

December 18, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Microgrids and Electricity Access

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete.[read more]

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 17, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

December 17, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Wastewater Disposal Policy

We all want easy answers. And the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use can help decrease emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. But these benefits mean nothing if the communities where gas is produced suffer air and water pollution.[read more]

DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

December 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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DoE Advanced Nuclear Loans

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

December 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[read more]

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

December 17, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Coal Replacement by Natural Gas

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand.[read more]