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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 25, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[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]

In Focus: Energy Union - A Serious Test for European Integration [VIDEO]

February 24, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Europe and the Energy Union Test

Leading energy journalist Hughes Belin investigates the prospects of the Energy Union strategy and its governance structure for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, ahead of the European Commission’s official presentation on 25 February.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Special on the Energy Union [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Energy Union Special

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview ofprogress made on the EU’s Energy Union project, ahead of the formal launch of the Energy Union by the European Commission on 25 February.[read more]

How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]

Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon
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European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

Republican States: Think Twice Before Rejecting the EPA's Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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EPA, Electricity Prices, and State Politics

Republican governors and legislators will be raising your electric rates soon, according to an economic study commissioned by the National Mining Association and various other industry groups. But only if they refuse to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

The Renewable Energy Embraced by Traditional Fossil Fuel Industries: Renewable Natural Gas

February 3, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Fossil Fuel Industry and Renewable Natural Gas

The Canadian Gas Association issued a report promoting renewable natural gas in Canada. “Renewable Natural Gas Technology Roadmap for Canada” offers aggressive support for biomethane production as a means to reduce waste and greenhouse gases while developing an underutilized renewable resource.[read more]

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]