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SunPower Is Tripling Solar Capacity, Boosting Cell Efficiency, Adding Energy Management and Storage

November 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SunPower acquired SolarBridge, an Austin, Texas-based VC-funded integrated microinverter startup. SolarBridge has a high-performance, premium-priced inverter that is a good match for the industry's highest-efficiency solar module from SunPower.[read more]

White House Climate Preparedness Task Force Releases Recommendations and Tools

November 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience rolled out its recommendations recently, and the White House announced a new user-friendly online ‘toolkit’ to help the public and decision-makers.[read more]

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

November 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

October Temperature Records

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s records. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is increasingly likely to be hottest year on record.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'A Well-Supplied Oil Market in the Short-Term Should Not Disguise the Challenges...'

November 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Oil Market Challenges

While the current focus is on declining oil prices – which hit four-year lows recently – the longer-term oil market picture could feature downward supply pressure and a demand surge that forces prices right back up, according to IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook 2014.[read more]

Five Juniors that Insulate Investors from Today's Low Oil Prices: Interview with Angelos Damaskos

November 21, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Angelos Damaskos is the founder and CEO of Sector Investment Managers Ltd. of London, a regulated investment advisory company. He is the Principal Adviser of the Junior Oils Trust and the Junior Gold Fund. The Junior Oils Trust focuses its investments in smaller oil and gas exploration and production companies.[read more]

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Future Energy Fellows: #energychat on Energy Storage Advancements

November 20, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Major advances in materials science and manufacturing are driving down the cost and upping the performance of energy storage at a rapid pace. With energy storage on the cusp, The Energy Collective hosted a live Twitter conversation to explore the implications for electricity systems and markets.[read more]

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

November 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The U.S. Senate defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline project that would worsen climate change and threaten water quality.[read more]

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

Keystone Falls Short in Senate, Cable News Battle Continues

November 20, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet

Keystone XL and Cable News

In the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed by a single vote to pass a bill approving the project. As the battle over the pipeline lives on for at least a few more months, a forthcoming study indicates that cable news and other partisan news outlets have played a significant role in distorting how Democrats and Republicans view even the most basic facts of the debate.[read more]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Obama and International Climate Deals

 

Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

Study Finds no Energy-Related Water Contamination in Bakken Region, But...

November 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Bakken Fracking and Water Risk

Oil and gas development in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana has not impacted shallow water resources, according to a new study. However, the age of the groundwater sampled and the sample locations indicate additional research should be conducted to fully evaluate energy production impact.[read more]

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

November 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

At the Montreal Protocol meeting, starting on Monday in Paris, countries could seize one “low hanging fruit” opportunity by agreeing to move forward on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent and fast-growing heat-trapping gases.[read more]

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

November 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Green Climate Fund and Funding

On Friday, sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to serve as a “call to arms” for focusing attention on climate change at the G20 summit over the weekend in Brisbane, Australia.[read more]

The Importance of the U.S.-China Climate Accord

November 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the US pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 26% from 2005 levels before 2025. China agreed to stop growing its emissions by 2030. Since we don't have a world government and are unlikely to get one soon, we are dependent on the actions of nations if we are to mitigate global warming.[read more]

Two Political Lessons from Germany's Energiewende

November 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Lessons of the Energiewende

 

Political actors in countries with coordinated market economies, such as Germany, prefer a process giving rise to decisions unanimous among main stakeholders. But for the Energiewende – Germany’s plan to transition to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 – unanimity is constrained.[read more]