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An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman
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Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Low Crude Oil Prices, Increased Gasoline Demand Lead to High Refiner Margins

May 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Refiner Margins

Gasoline crack spreads in the United States, especially on the U.S. East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months. Crack spreads, which reflect the difference between wholesale product prices and crude oil prices, are a good indicator of refiner profitability.[read more]

Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[read more]

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

May 20, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meter Adoption

New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to revamp the way utilities are regulated in order to establish a 21st-century energy system. But the state is still trailing in one crucial area: More than 99% of its homes have antiquated meters.[read more]

Which Technologies Will Make New York's Energy Vision a Reality?

May 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Planning New York's Energy Future

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a bold new model of the electrical utility system and energy markets called Reforming the Energy Vision to eliminate electricity peaks in summer and better value efficiency and distributed resources at the grid edge.[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

Reducing the Costs of Decarbonising Winter Heating Needs to Be a Priority

May 19, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Winter and Clean Energy Needs

Large scale electrification of winter heating looks to be essential if the United Kingdom’s legally binding 2050 emissions reduction target is to be met, with other approaches likely playing a lesser role. However, electrification of winter heating poses severe challenges.[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

Lessons of the Move from Hybrids Back to SUVs

May 19, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The shift in consumer attitudes from the purchase of hybrid vehicles back to large and gas guzzling SUVs due to the recent drop in gas prices demonstrates that mass behaviors that lead to a sustainable and renewable economy will not come from a simple desire to protect the environment.[read more]

Nonpetroleum Share of Transportation Energy at Highest Level Since 1954

May 19, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Transportation Energy Share

In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its highest level since 1954, a time when the use of coal-fired steam locomotives was declining and automobile use was growing rapidly.[read more]

Solar in the Circular Economy: A New Business Model

May 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Solar Economics

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free, and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heating, cooling, or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters), and that is costly.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

May 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Peak Oil and Fuel Booms

Over the last few years, those worried about peak oil have been on the defensive. The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible. So we can declare peak oil dead, right? Chris Nelder, an energy analyst, has a simple answer: No.[read more]