Communications and Messaging


A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 8, 2016 by aweiner

Karel Beckman, Editorial Director

The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.[read more]

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

February 5, 2016 by Dennis Wamsted

Green Corporate Efforts and Utility Response

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own.[read more]

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

February 5, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids.[read more]

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan Impacts

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.[read more]

Understanding the Clean Energy Incentive Program

February 5, 2016 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Energy Incentives and Analysis

EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation, the Clean Power Plan, won’t take effect until 2022, but planning is already well underway in states across the country. Initial state compliance plans are due in September of this year but many states will opt for an extension and submit final plans in 2018.[read more]

Sensible Subsidies

February 4, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Designing Useful Subsidies

Governments often offer subsidies to consumers for clean-technology products, from home solar panels to electric vehicles. But what are the right levels of subsidy? Governments can easily make subsidies too low when they ignore a basic problem: Consumer demand for these products is usually highly uncertain.[read more]

Changing Contract Expiration Dates Will Affect Crude Oil Futures Comparisons

February 4, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Futures

A change to the North Sea Brent crude oil futures contract is altering the way prices for Brent futures are compared to futures prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil. Beginning January 29th, the Brent contract will expire, or rollover to the next month.[read more]

It Really Was A Trillion Dollar Blunder

February 3, 2016 by Robert Rapier

OPEC and Oil Production

A few days after Christmas I appeared on CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box to discuss the volatility in the oil market. Bernie Lo asked a question about OPEC’s strategy, and I characterized their decision to defend market share as “a big, costly mistake” that had already cost the group over $500 billion.[read more]

The Clean Power Plan Overcomes Another Attack

February 3, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Clean Power Plan and the Courts

A federal appeals panel rejected an effort to block the Clean Power Rule while the rule is being challenged in the federal court system. Although the latest decision does not mean that the courts will uphold the rule, it does mean that the process of implementation will not be delayed by current legal challenges.[read more]

Delhi's Air Pollution Problem: Did the Odd-Even Scheme Work?

February 3, 2016 by Johannes Urpelainen

Air Pollution in Delhi

The topic that dominated the public debate in Delhi during my visit was the city government’s “odd-even scheme,” under which even (odd) numbered cars were only allowed to hit the road on even-numbered dates. The scheme was a pilot that lasted only for two weeks.[read more]

Carbon Pricing in 2015

January 6, 2016 by David Hone

Carbon and Future Pricing Plans

Perhaps more than any other aspect of the climate agenda, carbon pricing took a major step forward in 2015. This was supported by many initiatives, but most notably by the creation of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition under the auspices of the World Bank.[read more]

Grading My 2015 Energy Predictions

January 5, 2016 by Robert Rapier

The funny thing about predictions is that things are always obvious in hindsight. I rarely have people suggest that any of my predictions are either “no-brainers” or “impossible” when I make them. But when it comes time to grade them, I hear that a lot.[read more]

The Not in My Backyard Syndrome and Sustainability Infrastructure

January 5, 2016 by Steven Cohen

As our communities have gotten more crowded and transportation become more congested, it has become more difficult to site major facilities for waste management, water supply, sewage treatment, mass transit, and pretty much anything from a Big Box store to a homeless shelter.[read more]

Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River

January 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

River Flooding Risk

Record floods have been occurring throughout Illinois and Missouri over the holidays. Floods are never something to be taken lightly, but flooding combined with winter conditions makes for a deadly combination. More than 20 people have lost their lives in these floods, and the toll is likely to rise.[read more]

10 Clean Energy Trends that Prove 2015 was a Transformative Year

January 4, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

2015 Energy Changes Review

Back in September when the New York Times declared 2015 “the year humans got serious about climate change,” we knew they were on to something. But as we near the end of 2015, it’s hard to believe we’ve accomplished as much as we have in just 12 months.[read more]