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Risk Management

Ideas and best practices surrounding risk management in the energy sector. This could include financial and credit-related risks, but also risks as related to hydraulic fracturing, deep-water drilling, nuclear power and other energy sourcing practices.

Abandoned Solar Energy Project Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Uncertainty

October 20, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Solar and Tax Risk

In the latest evidence of the need for stable federal tax policy, a major solar project in California was abandoned in part due to uncertainty around whether the project would be placed in service in time to qualify for the investment tax credit, which expires at the end of 2016.[read more]

Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

October 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Defense and Climate Risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk.[read more]

Deniers Mistakenly Say that Global Warming Has Ended

October 20, 2014 by Henry Auer
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Climate Denial and Global Warming

The global average temperature has increased by about 0.7-0.8ºC over pre-industrial temps. A pause of annual global temperatures began after 1997 even though the atmospheric concentration of CO2 continued to increase. Global warming deniers have seized on this to say that warming of the Earth has ended.[read more]

The Impact of the Global 'Sweet' Crude Bulge

October 20, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

When the US went to war in 2003, the price of oil embarked on a trend that took it from around $30 per barrel to nearly $150 before collapsing in 2008. This time, as a new US-led coalition takes on ISIS with a bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, the price of oil is falling, down 20% in the last two months.[read more]

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

October 20, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Natural Gas and the Future of Energy

A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone
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Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

How Microsynchrophasors Could Keep Solar-Saturated Grids Stable

October 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Energy and Stable Grids

The electricity from rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. It sags and surges in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, and is also provided by lots of inverters, which create electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.[read more]

Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding

October 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Flooding Legislation

Urban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a consequence of urban drainage,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.[read more]

The High Cost of Hurricanes [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Hurricane Damage Risk

The past ten years have seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing more than $300 billion of damage, over 2000 deaths, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the east coast and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes.[read more]

This Diagram Will Help You Visualize How Opower's Software Platform Operates

October 18, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower Software Platform

After giving its software and analytics engine a powerful tuneup earlier this year, Opower is unveiling yet another set of offerings for utility customers. The release includes three new analytics capabilities designed to make it even easier to target specific customer segments for efficiency.[read more]

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

October 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency and the Main Stream

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.[read more]

Energy Master Limited Partnerships Go Mainstream: Baird's Ethan Bellamy

October 18, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Ethan Bellamy specializes in the analysis of master limited partnerships at Robert W. Baird & Co. He was director of research for the Lehman Brothers MLP Opportunity Fund, where he was responsible for fundamental analysis and due diligence in public, PIPE and pre-IPO investments in natural resources.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They’re Running Out of Luck'

October 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price and Supply

 

Oil market crystal balls are working overtime trying to find a floor to the current precipitous oil price decline that has seen both benchmark Brent and WTI dip below $90 per barrel. Most analysts agree that at the macro level weak demand coupled with ample supply are pushing down prices.[read more]

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest September On Record

October 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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September Temp Record

Last month was the warmest September globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported. January through September data have 2014 already at the third warmest on record. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is taking aim at hottest year on record.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]