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IPCC Double Standards on Energy Barriers

April 15, 2014 by Barry Brook
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IPCC and Consistency

The IPCC have released statements regarding their Working Group III report for AR5, on mitigation, with the full report to be released on April 15th. Recently, a colleague pointed out to me what appears to be double standard in how IPCC depicts problems with nuclear versus renewable energy.[read more]

A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

April 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Pricing Solar

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.[read more]

A Molecular Approach to Solar Energy

April 15, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Tech Innovation

 

It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine.Now a team at MIT and Harvard University has come up with an ingenious workaround, a material that can absorb the sun’s heat and store energy in chemical form.[read more]

Revisiting Kaya

April 15, 2014 by David Hone
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Emissions Mitigation

Today we see a huge focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency as solutions for reducing CO2 emissions and therefore addressing the climate issue. Yet such a strategy may not deliver the outcome people expect and might even add to the problem, particularly in the case of efficiency.[read more]

Solar Energy, Sky Cameras, and Hard Math: A New Way to Integrate PV on the Grid

April 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Sky Cameras and the Grid

Insanely complex math, and never enough data -- that’s the conundrum in trying to model the ebb and flow of solar power and energy storage on the grid edge. Large-scale transmission systems are well modeled. But the majority of the grid below the substation provides little to work with.[read more]

What is the Greenest Source of Electricity?

April 14, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Greenest Electricity

Earlier this week the new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated President Hollande’s plan to cut French dependence on atomic power to half of all output by 2025, down from almost 75% currently. The plan is to curtail nuclear and ramp up renewables.[read more]

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap, But Only If We Act Now

April 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Mitigation

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This most recent one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”[read more]

A Concept for Optimizing Strategic Energy Infrastructure?

April 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Optimal Energy Infrastructure

A timely new report published by the World Economic Forum in April 2014 titled “Strategic Infrastructure Steps to Operate and Maintain Infrastructure Efficiently and Effectively” addresses an important area for necessary investment globally: infrastructure.[read more]

New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

April 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The California Technical Forum (Cal TF) will be comprised of experts who use independent professional judgment and a transparent process to develop and review energy-savings estimates related to California’s energy efficiency programs, policies, and energy resource plans.[read more]

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables 'Sound Good' but Should Take Backseat to Coal

April 13, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to D.C. this week to speak in front of the Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his utility is facing. With electricity use flatlining and renewable energy eroding margins for traditional generators he called for a renewed focus on fossil fuels.[read more]

Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously'

April 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Series on Showtime

Showtime has posted online the entire video of Episode 1 of its visually and emotionally gripping documentary series event, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The landmark 9-part series is produced by the legendary James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub.[read more]

Through Solar Energy Jobs, Veterans Find a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment

April 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Jobs and Veterans

Like an increasing number of veterans, Liz Perez got into solar power. In fact, veterans make up about 9.2 percent of the almost 143,000-member workforce, compared to their estimated 7.6 percent of the workforce nationwide, according to a new report.[read more]

A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar Energy on Contaminated Lands?

April 12, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar on Contaminated Lands

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. Supported by the stimulus package and the Department of the Interior, developers continue to set records for the biggest solar and wind projects.[read more]

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

April 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Increasing Oil Freedom

We are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of increasing oil freedom. From the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s the U.S. used and imported more oil every year, but since the mid-2000s that trend has reversed.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[read more]