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Solar in the Circular Economy: A New Business Model

May 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Solar Economics

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free, and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heating, cooling, or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters), and that is costly.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

May 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Peak Oil and Fuel Booms

Over the last few years, those worried about peak oil have been on the defensive. The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible. So we can declare peak oil dead, right? Chris Nelder, an energy analyst, has a simple answer: No.[read more]

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

May 18, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Markets and Energy Booms

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, Energy Information Administration Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.[read more]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Microgrids, Coast to Coast

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm.[read more]

Average Size of New Commercial Buildings in United States Continues to Grow

May 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Building Size

Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade. Information about the commercial building stock in 2012 is now being released, and energy-use information is expected later this year.[read more]

Powerit: Don't Buy a Battery Until You've Tapped 'Virtual Storage'

May 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Batteries and Virtual Storage

Tesla got a lot of attention last week for its new batteries for solar-equipped homes. But there’s an even bigger business opportunity for batteries to help commercial buildings shave peak load, manage demand charges and improve the economics of rooftop solar systems.[read more]

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

May 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar in the South

Anyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two Southeastern states is enormous. Now, after a slow start, so is the headway the clean power technology is making in the Southeast's two most populous states.[read more]

Kentucky Adopts Innovative PACE Clean Energy Financing Tool

May 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Kentucky Clean Energy Policy

In a surprising show of bi-partisanship, lawmakers in one of the nation’s more conservative states came together last month to approve a major victory for clean energy. Kentucky became the latest state in the country to approve Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.[read more]

How Can We Use Intelligent Efficiency to Reduce Power Sector Emissions?

May 16, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Efficiency and Emissions Reduction

Nobody likes waste. And yet when we produce, distribute and use electricity, we’re wasting up to two-thirds of the energy. Although we can’t eliminate all of these losses, we could reduce waste and increase reliability through “intelligent efficiency.”[read more]

Advanced Energy Now: Fueling Stations Get Boost from Low Priced Gas

May 16, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Fueling Stations and Gas Prices

The low cost of natural gas is boosting market acceptance of natural gas vehicles, trucks, and buses, which in turn is increasing demand for the fueling infrastructure to support the growing fleets that use cleaner burning — and increasingly cheaper – natural gas as a transportation fuel.[read more]

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

May 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tesla and Texas

There is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes. Texas is a state of almost nine million households.[read more]

How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

May 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

New York Microgrid Impacts

Two weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first five winners of the New York Prize Community Microgrid Competition. The five feasibility study grants of $100,000 apiece are among 30 to be named over the coming months.[read more]

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

May 15, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Sustainable Development in 2015

Jeffrey Sachs, the United Nations Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why the year 2015 is going to be a highly critical year for global sustainable development.[read more]

Colorado Health Officials Debunk Lung Association's Ozone 'Report Card'

May 15, 2015 by Simon Lomax

Colorado’s health department and the state’s top air quality regulator have sharply criticized claims by the ALA about ozone levels in the Denver area. Citing its own “report card” on the region’s air quality, they said that levels of ground-level ozone – smog – are deteriorating rather than improving.[read more]