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Energy Efficiency: European Commission Introduces Ambitious 2030 Target [VIDEO]

July 29, 2014 by Kasper Peters

2030 Efficiency Targets

On July 23, the European Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Communication which introduced a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030. Energy efficiency is one of the key pillars of the European Union’s energy and climate strategy for 2030, on which European leaders aim to agree in October.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

The Sun May Promote Adoption of Storage Technology In More Ways Than One

July 28, 2014 by James Greenberger

An interesting story in the press recently may portend a major driver of the storage market, this one also driven by the sun. NASA reports that in 2012 the earth narrowly missed being hit by a powerful coronal mass ejection event, which would have devastated the electricity grid, had it hit the earth directly.[read more]

Why Do We Need More Women in Solar?

July 28, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Women in Solar

As the solar industry grows, women still make up just a little below nineteen percent of the workforce. How do we change that, and why is it important that we do? A panel at Intersolar and a number of recent articles shed light on these questions.[read more]

SolarWorld Wins Again: Big Anti-Dumping Tariffs in US-China Solar Panel Trade Case

July 28, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Department of Commerce has again found for the petitioner, SolarWorld, in its Chinese solar module trade case. The preliminary decision imposes significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.[read more]

Fracking, InsideClimate, and Public Integrity

July 28, 2014 by Steve Everley
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Researchers at InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity have increasingly focused their attention on issues related to hydraulic fracturing. But the omission of research demonstrating safety or benign environmental impacts suggests they are pursuing a narrative of harm.[read more]

New Report on EPA's Carbon Rule: States Have the Power to Contain Costs, Maximize Benefits

July 28, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

EPA Rules and State Powers

In June 2014, the EPA released its proposed carbon emissions rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. Taking center stage in this proposal are the states, which are given the flexibility to determine their way of complying with the new regulatory requirements.[read more]

The US and Russia are Gas Giants

July 28, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Natural Gas Production

In 2013 global natural gas production advanced 1.1% to a new all-time high of 328 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd). Except for a one-year decline in 2008-2009, global gas production has risen fairly steadily for about three decades, and production has more than doubled during that time span.[read more]

Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

July 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Taxes and Energy Poverty

What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a value added tax (VAT) to clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems.[read more]

EDF and Google Street View Join Forces to Find and Map Natural Gas Leaks

July 27, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Mapping Leakage

Under the streets of most American cities, water and natural gas are leaking from aging pipes. Large natural gas leaks are an immediate safety risk, but even small leaks are not completely benign, and they may be more common than previously thought.[read more]

GE Tackles Fuel Cells, Google Issues 'Little Box' Challenge, and Smart Grid Drones Prepare for Takeoff

July 27, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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GE, Google, and Drones

Energy giant and AEE member General Electric is expanding its advanced energy product line to include fuel cells. Google is looking to shrink inverters. And utility San Diego Gas & Electric is getting ready to launch drones to check on transmission lines.[read more]

Colorado Town to East Coast Anti-Fracking Activists: You're Wrong

July 27, 2014 by Simon Lomax

Local officials in Erie, Colorado, are pushing back hard against a national environmental group for misrepresenting the outcome of a failed “ban fracking” campaign in their town. The officials say the Massachusetts-based group has “ignored or misstated” the facts.[read more]

International Scorecard Highlights Room for Improvement in Energy Efficiency

July 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

International Energy Efficiency

A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes in first in the latest International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

Prepare for High Energy Growth, Climate Experts Warn

Many world leaders continue to be in deep denial about how rapidly energy consumption is rising, and what the implications are for global warming. We can expect a tripling of global energy consumption if the whole world achieves Germany's highly efficient levels.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Major Oil Field Development Woes

July 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Field Issues

The hits keep on coming for companies invested in the North Caspian Operating Company, the consortium developing Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil field. One of the world’s largest and most complex oil field development projects, Kashagan has been plagued by delays and cost overruns for years.[read more]