Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

February 12, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC

Energy Source Comparison

You can’t get far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs. How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? How much will it cost utilities and ratepayers to build—and operate—a new power plant?[read more]

Utility Tracking 101: Three Easy Steps to Get Started

February 7, 2015 by Wego Wise

Utility Tracking

If you recently installed a new boiler in your home and want to figure out how much energy and money you're saving, or if you want to see if that cool new thermostat is helping lower your heating bill, tracking utility data is the first step. After all, you can't manage what you can't measure.[read more]

Australian Climate Heating for 2014

January 8, 2015 by Barry Brook

Temps and Climate in Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has released its annual climate statement, for 2014, and it was again a hot year across the continent. There is a lot of year-to-year variation driven by natural climate variability, but the running mean (10-year average) plots a relatively steady rise over the last 60+ years.[read more]


It is Time to Stop Measuring Fuel Efficiency in Miles Per Gallon

November 3, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Fuel Efficiency and Measurement

Due to the absurdities of history, America uses what is essentially a medieval unit system that appears completely untouched by the scientific revolution. Why such units have not been recognised as a menace to public understanding - and hence abandoned - is a mystery.[read more]

Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop

October 23, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Clean Power Plan Benefits

Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.[read more]

Costing Damages from Climate Change Offers Only a Partial Guide to Choice of Policy

October 15, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Many of the costs of climate change are omitted from models, essentially assuming that they are zero. For example, knock-on effects, such as regional conflict from the migration of refugees, are often not modeled, but may be among the largest costs of climate change.[read more]

Household Electricity Data May be a Click Away for Illinois Residents

August 23, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Measuring Household Energy Use

Energy data collected via smart meters could lead to services that improve people’s lives and cut harmful carbon pollution. This is true only if customers have easy access to the energy data they need to control their own energy use and reduce their electricity bills – which isn’t always the case.[read more]


Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 21, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]


Quantifying the Impact of Multiple Avenues of Methane's Underestimation

January 23, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Cornell professors Robert Howarth, Renee Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea ignited a controversy in 2011 when they published a study claiming that, due to escaped methane, emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas were worse than coal.[read more]

Better System Needed to Assess Behavior Changes by Energy Efficiency Programs

January 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency and Behavior

How are the nation’s utility energy efficiency programs like my 4th-grade California public elementary school classroom?Well, let me tell you about Ms. Gulbransen’s strategy to help stretch our class’s resources in the face of budgetary constraints.[read more]

Addressing Misleading Claims of Arctic Sea Ice Rebound [VIDEO]

September 16, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Measuring Arctic Sea Ice

There have been many claims brought to my attention this week alleging the “final nail in the coffin” of anthropogenic global warming – the same nail that’s been fumbled around by deniers and the unfortunately misled for decades now.[read more]

Mind The Carbon Gap

September 5, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Gaps

If you’ve ever been on the tube in London you have been reminded to ‘mind the gap‘. The gap in question is the one between the platform and the train. To board the train safely you need to mind the gap. Climate policy has some fast growing carbon gaps.[read more]