Utilities

News Updates from ANS, Third Way

February 10, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Industry News

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) introduced the Nuclear in the States Toolkit, Version 1.0 at a media event in Washington, D.C. The toolkit catalogs policies related to new and existing nuclear reactors for state policymakers to consider as they draft their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies.[read more]

Enough Tritium for Almost a Million Liters at 8,000,000 pCi/L

February 10, 2016 by Rod Adams

Nuclear and Tritium

Sometime between June 24, 2015 and January 21, 2016, a building remodeling project in Steamboat Springs, CO resulted in the loss of 7.5 curies of tritium. A reasonable guess is that the container holding the tritium was tossed into a construction debris dumpster and carted off to a local landfill.[read more]

News: Megawatts or Negawatts? That is the Question, and the Supreme Court Decided It

February 10, 2016 by Lexie Briggs

Demand Response Decision

Amid Snowzilla’s winter of discontent, the Supreme Court ruled on EPSA v. FERC, a case that had the power to define the future of the demand response market. In a big win for advanced energy, the court ruled that the FERC’s) Order 745 would stay in place.[read more]

The Sustainable City

February 9, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Cities and Sustainability

 

A great paradox of the transition to a sustainable economy is that it will not be achieved in rural places in harmony with nature, but in cities built to exploit nature without destroying it. The problem with the idea of getting "back" to nature is that there are too many people and there is not enough nature.[read more]

2015: A Turning Point for Energy?

February 9, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Was the Past Year an Energy Turning Point?

When I sifted through the major energy developments of 2015, I was surprised by the number of references I found to last year as a turning point, whether for the oil industry, the response to climate change, coal-fired electricity generation, or renewable energy.[read more]

The Case for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

February 9, 2016 by Alex Gilbert
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Natural Gas and Renewables

The twin technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unlocked massive amounts of natural gas and oil, at some of the cheapest extraction prices globally. But there is a clean energy revolution resulting from supportive federal/state policies and rapid technological development.[read more]

Study: China's New Policies will Lower CO2 Emissions Faster, Without Preventing Economic Growth

February 9, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

China Environmental Policy

A new study that was co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.[read more]

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

February 9, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

New Generating Capacity and Renewables

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.[read more]

California has Nearly Half of the Nation's Solar Electricity Generating Capacity

February 9, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

California and National Solar Capacity

The United States has slightly more than 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, which includes utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal installations, as well as distributed generation solar PV systems, also known as rooftop solar.[read more]

BLM's Proposal To Reduce Methane: Why It Matters For America

February 9, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

BLM and Methane

More than 90 percent of oil and gas production on BLM lands comes from the Western U.S. The tax and royalty revenue generated by this production is used to fund local infrastructure needs – schools, roads and other improvements — in rural and tribal communities.[read more]

Sharing Clean Energy With Our Neighbors Is Saving Us Millions

February 9, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Sharing Clean Energy

One challenge for the grid operator these days is upgrading the electric system so that we don't have to throw away as much clean energy. Sometimes we have to shut down production of clean renewable energy just because our electric grid needs enhancements in order to absorb all the clean energy we are producing.[read more]

The Physics of Energy and the Economy

February 9, 2016 by Gail Tverberg

Physics and Energy Economics

I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some trepidation. An economy seems to be a dissipative system, but what does this really mean? There are not many people who understand dissipative systems, and very few who understand how an economy operates.[read more]

An Ill-Conceived Tax Idea

February 8, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil Industry Tax and Climate Security

Recently we learned that President Obama's final budget proposal includes a plan to raise money for transportation projects and other uses by imposing a per-barrel tax on US oil companies. Here are a few quick thoughts on this ill-conceived idea.[read more]

Canada Makes Big Decisions to Further Strengthen its Commitment to Nuclear Power

February 8, 2016 by Milton Caplan

Canada Nuclear Policy

When we think about nuclear power around the world these days, two things come to mind – the rapid growth in Asia led by China fueling the industry forward, and the challenges facing the industry in the west with some plants closing early in the USA and new build projects in Europe being delayed.[read more]

Is Carbon Capture for Natural Gas the Missing Climate Solution?

February 8, 2016 by Alex Gilbert
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Could Carbon Capture and Storage Work?

 

Natural gas with carbon capture and storage could be an ideal long-term cheap and reliable low-carbon energy source. When most people in energy policy or markets hear “carbon capture and storage” (CCS), they think of coal generation. And rightly so.[read more]