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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.

Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

March 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Following another year of turbulence a casual observer of the nuclear industry may be forgiven for concluding that Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development has stalled, but a new report a new sense of clarity and purpose is emerging around the technology’s commercialization.[read more]

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line?

March 3, 2015 by Nigel Morris

Solar Reliability and Eclipses

The world is about to experience a fascinating experiment, when a solar eclipse hits Europe on March 20th, 2015. It’s not the first time Europe has experienced a major solar eclipse and had to deal with PV capacity being part of the mix, so they have some good lessons to model from the last one in 1999.[read more]

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Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

EPA: Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Fell 35% Since 2007

March 2, 2015 by Steve Everley
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Natural Gas and Methane Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows methane emissions from natural gas production have fallen substantially, a decline that supports recent research finding low leakage rates in major shale basins.[read more]

The IEA's Central Projections for Renewables Continue to Look Way Too Low

March 2, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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IEA Projections for Renewables

The IEA’s projections for wind energy and solar energy capacity look much too low, continuing a history of vastly underestimating renewables growth. Their projections are not a reliable basis for projecting the world’s future power generation mix.[read more]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

March 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Love it or hate it, the IPCC plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because the IPCC's reports are accepted as the definitive source on all matters climate change by international negotiators. The IPCC is now at a crossroads.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Keystone XL has Become Perfect Symbol of Washington’s Dysfunction

March 2, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Michael Bloomberg said in an op-ed that Obama should use the Keystone pipeline as a bargaining chip in negotiating a broader climate deal with Canada. Canada and the US’s policy frameworks are aligned. But Canada is considered near the bottom of industrialized countries making efforts on climate change.[read more]

Business and Carbon Pricing

March 2, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Business

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima.[read more]

Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

March 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy, Smart Business

Recently, Apple announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on European data centers set to run entirely on renewable energy, and invested $848 million to secure power from 130MW of First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Oil Sands Industry Must Cut Costs or Face ‘Death Spiral’

February 28, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Oil Sands Death Spiral?

The President of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers warned the oil sands industry that they must cut costs or face a “death spiral”. The drop in oil prices is an “opportunity” for every part of the industry to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies that crept into the system during years of high prices.[read more]

Fly-By: What the Latest Aerial Study of Methane Emissions Tells Us

February 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Methane Emissions Study

In the summer of 2013, researchers aboard a four-engine P-3 Orion aircraft – a variant of the plane used to track submarines – flew over three of the nation’s biggest shale gas regions, taking measurements that would allow them to estimate the amount of methane leaking from the production fields below.[read more]

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

February 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Air Quality Data Sharing

Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the United States embassy in Beijing.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]

Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

February 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Wages and Oil Prices

In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation as well, including the low level of oil prices.[read more]

Oil Import Dependence Not Aways Economic Disadvantage, Study Finds  

February 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Oil Dependence and Economics

According to research by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research energy imports should not be “understood as a threat to the security of energy supply and an economic disadvantage” per se. The study finds that conclusion simplistic and points out that energy security depends on open and integrated markets.[read more]