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The Age of the Prosumer

February 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer.[read more]

What Snowmageddon 2015 Is Showing Boston About Building Efficiency

February 25, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boston and Building Efficiency

The Boston area is locked in one of the snowiest winters on record, and nearly every home, condominium and apartment building in the Northeast is adorned with icicles, which are hugely troubling from an environmental perspective. Ice on roofs speaks volumes about how easily heat is escaping from buildings.[read more]

One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

February 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Saving and Waste at Work

 

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption.[read more]

Will the EPA's Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?

February 25, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Could the reliability of the electric grid could be compromised if the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 is implemented as written? This is the conclusion of various independent system operators.[read more]

How Energy Productive is the United States?

February 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

US Energy Production

A new global index ranks countries by their energy productivity performance and finds the US in 38th position trailing the likes of Japan and Germany. The index sheds light on potential improved energy productivity for “rais[ing] economic performance and extend[ing] environmental and social benefits” to societies.[read more]

Think Texas Energy is All About the Oil? Think Again

February 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Energy Alternatives

In 1999, we pushed to get the first renewable energy mandate passed in the country – in Texas of all places. There were all sorts of concerns at the time that wind could not be integrated into the system, or that it would be too expensive. Time has proven otherwise.[read more]

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A Call for Much Bigger Electricity Markets

February 24, 2015 by Max Luke

Electricity Market Expansion

In 1996 the FERC issued its landmark Orders 888 and 889, creating a framework for competitive wholesale electricity markets. This coincided with the development of independent organizations that would operate utility-owned transmission networks under a single “open access transmission tariff.”[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[read more]

As the Oil Market Watches the Clock, Analysts Disagree Over Timing

February 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Markets and Analysts

Many analysts agree that as US oil companies pullback capital spending, lay down rigs and drill fewer new wells, production will inevitably decline, supply and demand fundamentals will rebalance and oil prices will increase. But that’s where the agreement ends.[read more]

How Can Nuclear Energy Build Trust in a Time When Denying Science is Rampant?

February 24, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Science and the Nuclear Industry

Building trust in science is a task that goes well beyond the nuclear industry. Yes, scientists have much work to do to build that trust with the public and government, but governments must then ensure that they use science as a basis for policy.[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

The Growing Risk of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

February 24, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Crude Oil Rail Risk

By now you have probably heard that a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota’s shale oil fields derailed and caught fire. While the cause is still under investigation, the train was carrying 109 tankers of crude oil. 26 of the cars left the tracks, and several caught fire.[read more]

Environmental, Consumer Groups Unite in Asking Supreme Court to Hear Demand Response Case

February 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Demand Response and the Supreme Court

Earlier this week, EDF, along with 11 other environmental and consumer groups, joined forces in asking the Supreme Court to hear an important case involving an energy resource that saves families and businesses money, improves electric grid reliability, and reduces carbon emissions: demand response.[read more]

'One Million Solar Homes,' Tanzanian Style

February 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Tanzania and Solar

Tanzania, in an effort led by Off-Grid Electric, along with the support of the international development community, just set a goal of having “One Million Solar Homes” by the end of 2017. The campaign hopes to furnish solar electricity for 10 percent of the nation’s population and generate over 15,000 solar jobs.[read more]

INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action

February 23, 2015 by Kelly Levin

As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020.[read more]