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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

The Politics of Distributed Generation

September 29, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Properly understood, and properly represented, wealthier and better informed consumers are using distributed solar and behind the meter storage to do what they have been trying to do for years with other technologies: use electricity more efficiently and reduce their energy costs.[read more]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]

Energy Priorities of the New European Parliament [VIDEO]

September 24, 2014 by Kasper Peters

European Parliament Energy Goals

Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee, discusses the priorities of the new parliamentary term with Hughes Belin, underlining that the reduction of energy prices and the enhancement of energy security in Europe are among the top goals of the committee.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for September 2014 [VIDEO]

September 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Briefing

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the Juncker Commission, new EU sanctions against Russia, and the Ukrainian gas debt.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[read more]

Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

September 8, 2014 by James Greenberger
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In the context of economic development programs, governments do invest in businesses and do routinely try to pick the winners in the private sector. This is not because government decisions are clairvoyant or fair. It is because governments have no choice but to make those decisions.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Raising Gas Prices to Grow An Economy

August 19, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Gas Prices and Economies

Two weeks ago, Yemen increased gasoline prices from $2.20 to $3.50 per gallon, while increasing diesel prices from $1.70 to $3.40. These are significant increases. These reforms in Yemen bring the price of both fuels up to market levels.[read more]

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Keeping New England Electricity Markets Robust

August 13, 2014 by Nate Gilbraith

New England Electricity

The New England States Committee on Electricity is proposing to burden New England electricity consumers with several billion dollars worth of subsidies to natural gas generators and further undermine the nature of the competitive electricity market.[read more]

Should Behind the Meter Energy Storage Be Controlled by Grid Operators?

August 11, 2014 by James Greenberger
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I applaud Mr. Rive for his concern about the optimization of the grid. But there is no reason to believe that the same factors that have driven less than optimized deployments of customer-owned rooftop solar PV systems will not also drive of less than optimized deployments of behind the meter storage.[read more]

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

July 31, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Nuclear Future in the Short-Term

The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.[read more]

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption'

July 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fuel Subsidies and Waste

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently expressed her view that “ending ‘wasteful fossil fuel subsidies’, which may encourage overconsumption of oil and gas, particularly in the Middle East,” still constitutes a big challenge around the world.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

June 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Gas Taxes and Bipartisanship

Yes, you can be sure you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and they are actually getting praised for it to boot.[read more]