Understanding Oil Demand, Oil Prices, and Climate

February 3, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

For 27 years in my graduate energy seminar, I’ve struggled to convince bright master’s and PhD students that oil prices might actually result from competition rather than a price-fixing conspiracy of oil companies and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel. But this year, my task was easier.[read more]

Boston-Power Aims to Rival Tesla With Gigawatt Battery Factories

January 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Lithium-ion battery builder Boston-Power announced that it had received $290 million in "financial support" from Chinese government agencies in order to scale its battery factories. The company's CEO laid out a goal of "competing with Elon Musk" in the deployment of batteries for electric vehicles.[read more]


Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 17, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

China Decides Which Solar Energy Companies Live or Die

January 14, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

"The government picking winners and losers" versus "the free market": It's the eternal debate at the center of any discussion about Chinese or American industrial and energy policy. The argument also arises in discussions between American progressives and conservatives.[read more]

Proof That Renewables Can Out-Compete Coal

August 16, 2013 by Nigel Morris

Market Prices Changing

Germany’s second largest energy company (RWE) recently made a very stunning admission. Well, the announcement would be stunning if you have head your head stuck in the sand when it comes to the rapid evolution going on in the energy world.[read more]

Study: Nuclear Power Will Be Pricier Than Other Renewables by 2020

December 2, 2010 by Big Gav

The SMH has an article on the cost of nuclear power - Nuclear power 'failing' price test.NUCLEAR energy will be more expensive than most forms of renewable energy by 2020 according to a paper by the University of NSW energy expert Mark Diesendorf.The paper, to be given at a solar industry conference in Canberra today, finds the cheapest...[read more]

The New Environment for Climate and Energy Policy

February 8, 2010 by Chris Dreibelbis

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama signaled the administration’s new messaging and policy strategy for climate and energy. Not once did he mention “cap and trade,” instead he referred to the need for a “comprehensive energy and climate bill.”   He discussed energy and climate policy in the context of American...[read more]

Means, Motive and Opportunity - Who Discouraged US Nuclear Developments?

November 30, 2009 by Rod Adams

Conventional wisdom tells us that "Environmentalists" worried about one or more of the below complaints have influenced world opinion and encouraged the current negative investment perception that surrounds new nuclear power plants: Nuclear plants are not completely safe Nuclear energy technology leads to dispersal of nuclear weapons...[read more]

Who controls access to consumer power consumption data?

August 13, 2009 by Michael Giberson

In Pennsylvania, a debate over how non-utility electricity retailers get access to a customer’s power use data.  The new rule allows an energy retailer to gain consumer data based only on oral assurance to the PUC that the customer wants their utility to release it, even if the customer had previously requested that the information...[read more]

Vero Beach Florida could become a hothouse of dynamic competition in retail electric power

August 10, 2009 by Michael Giberson

Vero Beach, Florida, could become a hothouse of dynamic competition in retail electric power, if only the city would follow the recommendations of economist Dom Armentano. According to the Vero Beach [Florida] Electric Utility, they aim to provide “reliable, cost competitive electrical energy and services to our customers in a manner...[read more]