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How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

August 19, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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A decade after the surge of attention in marine energy technologies, the industry has not been able to overcome severe technical and financial challenges. As a result, installations have remained at pilot scale, while financing has been largely limited to government programs for testing and demonstrations.[read more]

Do We Still Need Alternative Fuels?

July 15, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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As Obama struggles to come up with a solution to the renewables fuel standard, many in the industry are asking the question: do we actually need alternative fuels? I tackle that question from the standpoint of a person who believes that the shale oil and gas revolution is real and can deliver sustained supplies.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Ice-Cold National Industrial Policy'

July 3, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Industry and National Policies

GE’s apparently successful takeover of key segments of Alstom’s prized energy business raised eyebrows when many thought German energy giant Siemens would prevail. Siemens’ unwillingness to part with its train signaling business is reportedly one aspect of the deal that tipped it in GE’s favor.[read more]

Reasons for our Energy Predicament: An Overview

March 6, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Predicament

Ultimately, the issue of our current energy predicament is that to extract oil or any fossil fuel, we have to keep current financial and political systems together. These systems can be expected to fail, far before we run out of oil in the ground.[read more]

My 2014 Energy Predictions

January 24, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Today I offer up my predictions, and the reasoning behind them, for what I think will transpire in 2014. One thing I have learned in making predictions is that they must be specific, and not subject to interpretation at the end of the year.[read more]

Americans Seeking Leadership: The Threats are Real, so a Pep Talk for 2014

January 7, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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I was thinking of doing a year in review blog as would be customary for this time of year but the sense of disorder in the world is so great, it was hard to know where to start. For the energy sector, there are so many factors that could turn into negative Black Swans, it is hard to know how to prioritize them.[read more]

Has Shale Broken OPEC's Grip? Peter Dupont Names Powerhouses of the Future

December 16, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Peter Dupont has been involved in investment research for 30 years in the industrial and resource sectors. Between 1983 and 1998, he worked for Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in London covering engineering and metals stocks.[read more]

Solar October in the Pacific

December 13, 2013 by Boyd Arnold
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Solar Energy October

How was the month of October for you? Can you still remember it after all that turkey? After reading these statistics about the solar industry, you’ll be remembering October 2013 for a long time and thinking about our energy landscape in a new way.[read more]

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Horror Story or Happy Ending? Embracing Change in the Power Sector

December 12, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Energy and Change

Consultant Peter Kind, author of blockbuster energy report "Disruptive Challenges," now tells utilities that technology change is inevitable, and they would be wise to embrace it. Sonia Aggarwal reports from a recent webinar.[read more]

Peak Coal: Will the US Run Out of Coal in 20 Years or 200 Years?

November 4, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Peak Coal?

U.S. coal production has peaked, and the miscalculations that have led to estimates of a 200-year supply could create a serious electricity deficit for the nation, according to a new report from advocacy group Clean Energy Action.[read more]

Is Sustainability in the Real Estate Industry a Paradox?

November 1, 2013 by Nigel Morris

You’re trying to rent or buy a house, you talk to the real estate agent about the features of the house and you ask some questions. What sort of water heater does it have? Is it insulated? Does it have a water tank? Does it have solar panels? We have all been there.[read more]

New Optimism for a Cleantech Future

October 28, 2013 by Dallas Kachan
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Cleantech Industry Development

If you've not been paying much attention to cleantech in the last little while, it's time to sit up and take notice. Because post-Solyndra, cleantech has been quietly gaining momentum. Cleantech is still, even after a downturn, attracting a quarter of global venture capital available.[read more]

Grid Parity, Low LCOE Driving 34% Global Renewables Capacity by 2030

October 23, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Changing Energy Industry

When it comes to global electricity generation, coal is still king – but not for long. Fast-changing economics mean renewables worldwide will represent 34% of all installed capacity by 2030, and many clean energy technologies are already cost competitive with fossil fuels and only getting cheaper.[read more]

GE White Paper: Age of Gas To Bring Greater Flexibility, Resilience

October 21, 2013 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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Denser networks for natural gas will contribute to greater flexibility and improved economics, according to a new white paper released by GE. The paper, called the Age of Gas, argues that the expanding network of natural gas infrastructure expected from the gas boom, will enhance the industry.[read more]

Interview: How Edward Guinness' Alternative Energy Portfolio Climbed 67% in One Year

October 20, 2013 by Jim Patrick
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Edward Guinness joined Guinness Asset Management in 2006. He is co-manager of the Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund. Previously, he worked for HSBC in corporate finance beginning in 1998; in 2002, he joined Tiedemann Investment Group in merger arbitrage.[read more]