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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.

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

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]

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

October 17, 2014 by Steven Cohen

The world we are creating with global communications and global economic production is fast becoming a true global society. Nevertheless, place continues to have meaning as both communities and nations become even more treasured in a world of mass-produced impressions and fear of homogenization.[read more]

Upcoming US Arctic Council Chairmanship Should not Focus on Military Security

October 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

The Arctic and the Military

Even though these developments seem to push military security on the US Arctic agenda, it better serves US interest to comprehend Russia’s moves in the Arctic as rational and expand the use of confidence-building measures, as well as prioritize climate change during its Arctic Council Chairmanship.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]

Investors Voice Market Support for Methane Regulation

October 16, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Investors and Methane

 

A group of investors managing more than $300 billion in market assets sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Administration and the White House, calling for the federal government to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.[read more]