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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]

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

February 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans for homes rebounded in a very big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in the coming year, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency.[read more]

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

February 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

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]

The Carbon Price Challenge

February 27, 2015 by David Lawrence

There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.[read more]

Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

February 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, composed of seven nuclear reactors, is one of the world’s largest power stations. Getting all of the reactors at the site online again is emerging as a key priority for the government and for TEPCO which owns and operates the plant.[read more]

Driving Finance for Energy Efficiency Investment

February 27, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financial Support

Policymakers and financial institutions are pushing hard for scaled-up investment into energy efficiency. Will the work of the Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group report help unlock the EUR 100 billion per year needed to reach the European Union 2020 targets?[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 26, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

February 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Saudi Arabia and Energy Source Change

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity.[read more]

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

February 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Energy efficiency is a big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-delivered state-efficiency programs in 2013, alongside $5 billion in private sector investment. However, some question whether this money could be spent more wisely to achieve greater levels of efficiency.[read more]

Will the Battery Gigafactory be Elon Musk’s Waterloo?

February 26, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Tesla Battery Production and Risk

Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, faces his greatest challenge ever in selling enough batteries to support his $5 billion battery-manufacturing Gigafactory now currently under construction in Reno, Nevada. Musk will have to prevail where many others have failed.[read more]

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

February 26, 2015 by Leslie Abrahams
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LNG Exports and Costs

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission.[read more]

Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil

February 26, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Today, with plummeting oil prices and news reports of US oil production poised to exceed that of Saudi Arabia’s, there is a perception on the street that there is no energy crisis. Yet just a few years ago, we were all talking about one. Have things changed so dramatically so fast?[read more]

The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia

February 26, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Energy

The Premier of South Australia, Labor’s Jay Weatherill, has announced a Royal Commission into an expanded future role for the state in nuclear energy. For people those of us who are both strongly focused on tackling climate change and who consider nuclear to be an essential tool, this is real progress.[read more]

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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 25, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

The Age of the Prosumer

February 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer.[read more]