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World Economy Grew, but Carbon Emissions Didn't

April 16, 2015 by Doug Vine

Preliminary data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that energy-related CO2 emissions (from burning fossil fuels for electricity, transportation, industry, space heating and so on) remained unchanged from the previous year at 32.3 billion metric tons. Meanwhile, economic growth increased 3.3 percent.[read more]

The Decoupling of Energy, Carbon, and GDP in the United States

March 20, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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Decoupling and Energy Economics

The recent announcement by the International Energy Agency that CO2 emissions fell in 2014 while GDP expanded was welcome news. The decoupling of carbon and economic activity has been a steady trend for a long time in the United States.[read more]

IEA: CO2 Emissions Decouple From Economic Growth For First Time In 40 Years

March 18, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Emissions and Economic Growth

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flatlined globally in 2014, while the world economy grew. The International Energy Agency reports that this marks “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.”[read more]

Decoupling and Demand Side Management in Colorado

January 30, 2015 by Zane Selvans

Decoupling and Management

Utility revenue decoupling is often seen as an enabling policy supporting “demand side management” (DSM) programs. DSM is a catch-all term for the things you can do behind the meter that reduce the amount of energy a utility needs to produce or the amount of capacity it needs to have available.[read more]

Worries About Consumers Cutting Utility Ties Are Overblown, Say Analysts

January 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Consumer Energy Choices

Many years ago, utilities awoke to a threat that an industry trade group warned might cause "major disruptions" to electricity supplies. Worries about the threat ran all the way up to the White House and Congress, where politicians predicted an unraveling of the electric system.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their Assets

August 2, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado filed a case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010. But there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.[read more]

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Want to Sustain Utilities? Decouple Profits from Revenues, Assign Costs Where they Belong and Enable Customers to Make Smarter Energy Choices

February 10, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Decoupling and Utility Profits

The challenge and opportunity to craft rules that can stop any utility ‘death spiral’ while enabling users to control their energy costs and clean up our air and water is staring us straight in the face. It’s only going to get more challenging, and more compelling with each passing year.[read more]