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Oil Limits and Climate Change: How They Fit Together

April 14, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Climate Change and Oil

We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same time, oil is reaching limits, and this has an effect as well. How do the two issues fit together?[read more]

In British Columbia, Mulling the Role of Natural Gas in a Sustainable Energy Future

April 2, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

British Columbia and Natural Gas Debate

British Columbia finds itself at the forefront of the global debate on natural gas, and its role in the future of energy. Some 15 energy company consortiums are vying to build massive export terminals on the Pacific coastline of Canada’s westernmost province, with an eye to shipping gas to Asia.[read more]

Hawaii: A Postcard from the Future of Energy

February 25, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Hawaii and Energy

From an energy perspective, Hawaii is unique. Located in the middle of the Pacific, the Aloha State runs on imported oil. But its island environment—from sunny days to active volcanoes—also holds the keys to a future powered by renewable energy.[read more]

A Forecast of Our Energy Future; Why Common Solutions Don’t Work

January 31, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Futures and Solutions

In order to understand what solutions to our energy predicament will or won’t work, it is necessary to understand the true nature of our energy predicament. Most solutions fail because analysts assume that the nature of our energy problem is quite different from what it really is.[read more]

The First Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

January 7, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are a number of prognostications about 2014 Smart Grid trends, but this article offers a longer and broader view out to 2020, a milestone year for renewable portfolio standards in twelve states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington.[read more]