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Patents Forecast Technological Change

April 24, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Predicting Technological Innovation

How fast is online learning evolving? Are wind turbines a promising investment? And how long before a cheap hoverboard makes it to market? Attempting to answer such questions requires knowing something about the rate at which a technology is improving.[read more]

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Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller
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Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

It's Not Magic, It's Voltage Optimization

April 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Voltage Optimization

Imagine homeowners and businesses saving millions of dollars – and cutting pollution – without needing to do anything. Magic? No, but it does require electric utilities to take advantage of new technologies that better provide customers with just the right amount of voltage to their electrical outlets.[read more]

Can EV Chargers Earn Enough Money on Grid Services to Give Them Away for Free?

April 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

EV Chargers and Infrastructure Expansion

Plugged-in electric vehicles could overload neighborhood transformers and drive up peak demand on already-stressed grids. Or, they could wield their influence in ways that brings the grid into better balance than it is today. So say companies trying to develop technology and business models around EV charging.[read more]

Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Five Years Later

April 22, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil well in the Gulf of Mexico burst into flames following a blow out. Eleven workers died in the accident and 11 others were injured. Oil and gas gushed out for months from the broken pipe at the floor of the sea.[read more]

Environmental Law Progress In China

April 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

We take it for granted in the United States that citizens can involve themselves in the environmental review of proposed projects, either on their own or with the help of environmental organizations. This has not been true in China, but things may be changing for the better.[read more]

The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo

April 21, 2015 by Daniel Kammen
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Kosovo and Coal

The World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal projects, unless no feasible alternatives exist. Obama has said the same for the U.S. In Kosovo a proposed coal-fired power plant has been under discussion for over a decade. The prime funders, ironically, are the World Bank and the U. S. government.[read more]

Energy 24/7: Shale Debt - Again? [PODCAST]

April 21, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Much of the debt issued by shale operators has been high yield or what is commonly referred to as junk. According to the Wall Street Journal junk bonds have financed the U.S. shale boom, and now the sharp drop in oil prices could lead to a massive wave of defaults on that high-yield debt.[read more]

Climate Change in UK General Election Manifestos

April 21, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change and UK Politics

Comparing manifestos for May’s United Kingdom general elections highlights important similarities as well as differences among the parties. All of the manifestos published by UK-wide parties make reference to climate change policy, but to greatly differing and telling extents.[read more]

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

April 21, 2015 by Tim Juliani

The problem with climate change denialism is that a scientific consensus does not necessarily reflect a “social consensus,” the latter being something that the majority of society would consider true. Te scientific consensus that cigarettes harm human health emerged decades before the social consensus emerged.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

April 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Conservation

When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters.[read more]

White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

April 20, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Green Movements and Public Relations

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days, it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?[read more]