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Low Oil Prices and Fuel Subsidies: Doing Away with Really Bad Energy Policy

January 27, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Low oil prices are the talk of the day in environmental and energy circles. Some environmentalists probably despair over rising gasoline consumption, but for policymakers in emerging economies, low oil prices present an important opportunity to remove destructive and economically costly fuel subsidies.[read more]

5 Reasons Why Low Oil Prices are Good for the Environment

January 21, 2015 by Assaad W. Razzouk
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Oil Price Collapse and Environmental Impacts

Our binge on fossil fuels is partly driven by gigantic subsidies. Low oil prices allow these to be tackled without a material impact on consumer (read voter) pockets. This is a chance to throw out fossil fuel subsidies, and bring in a robust carbon price.[read more]

Where Does Bioenergy Fit into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses its land — with implications for global food prices and natural resources like forests.[read more]

Market Stability Reserve Not Sufficient to Reform EU ETS, Next Step Emissions Performance Standards? [VIDEO]

January 16, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Regulation and Standards

Sonja van Renssen, joined by Jos Delbeke (Director General for Climate Action at the European Commission), Bas Eickhout MEP (shadow rapporteur for the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal) and Anders Marvik (VP of Statoil EU Affairs), debate: “ETS Market Stability Reserve: competitiveness vs. climate?”[read more]

UK Capacity Market Accused of Being a New Fossil-Fuel Subsidy

January 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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The U.K.’s new capacity market is meant to lower electricity prices by encouraging competition and new generation. But it will do the opposite, according to Tempus Energy, a startup energy retailer that has brought an appeal in the European General Court on the grounds that it is unfair.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

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US Shale Oil: The Convergence of a Global Commodity, US Policy, and Local Effects

January 14, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge
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Oil Policy and Prices, and Local Impacts

Advancements in drilling technology and high global oil prices have enabled the development of domestic shale oil. US energy and financial policy further fueled the boom. In the midst of the rapid price decline, we should not forget the at-risk communities across the country that are responsible for the nation's bounty.[read more]

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

January 9, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Priorities

In this special briefing for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.[read more]

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Green Christmas, Malaysian Floods Pointed to Gaps in Climate Action

December 30, 2014 by Mitchell Beer

Green Christmas in Ottawa

Depending on what your perspective may be, 2014 was either the year of the great climate change breakthrough, or the year of the big climate change miss. Either way, we have our work cut out for us in 2015 to make the clean energy transition a reality.[read more]

Untapped Incentives for Energy Efficiency Projects

December 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Project Incentives and Support

As an EDF Climate Corps fellow back in 2013, one task that was of particular interest to me was figuring out how to help my host organization fund, in whole or in part, its efficiency upgrades. In my research, the most unique funding source I found was the energy efficiency forward capacity market.[read more]

Will World Bank President Dr. Kim Go the Last Mile for Clean Energy Access?

December 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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World Bank Policy and Energy Access

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International jointly released a scorecard evaluating the four major multilateral development banks, World Bank Group, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, on their investment in clean energy access. All were failing.[read more]

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

December 18, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

International Negotiations and Private Energy Investment

Simultaneous support and action from both business and government is difficult, especially with climate change and clean energy. The reality is often a chicken or the egg question of whether policy should come first and give business the confidence to invest, or whether business interests shape the policy.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

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

December 15, 2014 by Kasper Peters

December EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including energy security, and the gas deal between Ukraine and Russia.[read more]

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Energy Innovation Doesn't Just Happen: How Government Policies Destroyed and Regenerated the U.S. Wind Turbine Industry, Twice

December 8, 2014 by Nathaniel Horner
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Wind Industry and Government Policy

Policies like the PTC and Renewable Portfolio Standards have not only incentivized wind turbine construction, they also have an effect on the rate of turbine innovation. The way in which these sorts of policies are implemented can make or break new tech, as the history of wind development in the U.S. shows.[read more]