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Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

July 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Changing Utility Business Models

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary.[read more]

3 Signs Cleantech Is Booming in 2014

July 3, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Cleantech Boom

At the 11th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street that took place in New York last month, Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, reflected on how much has changed in the cleantech industry since the conference began more than a decade ago.[read more]

What's the Existential Threat to Utilities? Here's a Hint: It’s Not the EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 10, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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What are the impacts to utilities of the proposed EPA rules? Coal fired power plants, once responsible for 39% of electricity generation in the US, will drop to 30% by 2030, according to the EPA’s projections. However, coal plants have become a riskier investment for utilities for a number of other reasons.[read more]

Understanding Environmental Policy

May 28, 2014 by Steven Cohen

If we are going to learn how to develop a renewable and sustainable economy, we will also need to learn how to deal with the mistakes we've made while moving from an economy that tolerates environmental damage to one that does not tolerate it.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Industry Workforce Requires 'All of the Above' Strategy Too

May 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Jobs Strategy

Energy companies including those operating in various stages of oil and gas development, utilities and other energy-related businesses face an imminent wave of retirements that have many working hard to smooth the transition into a new generation of employees.[read more]

Australian Energy Utilities at the Brink?

May 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a lot going on in the Australian solar energy industry right now. In fact, I’ll rephrase that – there’s a lot going on in the Australian energy industry right now and in case you hadn’t noticed, solar is a major player.[read more]

US Energy Renaissance Brings Important Foreign Policy Choices

May 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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US Energy and Foreign Policy

Two timely research studies from think tanks inside the Beltway address energy security with particular focus on America’s new role in rearranging the established global energy order. This order is in flux because of the renaissance in the US energy sector ignited by its shale oil and gas boom.[read more]

Carbon Dioxide Is Not Good for Us: And Other Carbon Truths

April 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Carbon Dioxide Truths

It is unfortunate that there is an audience for claims that environmental degradation and climate change are alarmist farces. I can understand why, however. It is easier to pretend a problem does not exist than to muster the strength to solve it.[read more]

Renewable Energy Gains in 2013 but Coal and Gas Still Dominate

April 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Renewables Growth

In January, renewable energy made up nearly 100 percent of new installed electricity capacity in the U.S., mostly driven by utility-scale solar. Last October, a study conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found the same level of domination by renewables.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘We Will Create Our Own Oil Company’

April 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Oil Industry Changes

The changing global oil refining picture has seen several mid-range to large companies spin off their downstream operations in recent years, but the trend has yet to travel up the food chain to the world’s largest oil companies, despite pressure from investors to do so.[read more]

Report Challenges EIA's Renewable Energy Projections

April 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and the Future

New research that was recently released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of United States electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy.[read more]

Fueling the Industrial Heartland

March 31, 2014 by David Hone
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Fueling the Heartland

There is no doubt that solar PV uptake is faster than most commentators imagined and it is clear that this is starting to change the landscape for the utility sector, but talk of “death spirals” may, in the words of Mark Twain, be an exaggeration.[read more]

Technology Emerging in 2014 with Potential to Reshape the Energy Space

March 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Future Technologies

Technology is the main driver for change and for increased productivity in the modern world. But for mankind to continue along this trajectory, appropriate investment is often dependent on the public’s understanding and awareness of promising technologies’ potential, as well as their application.[read more]

Can Entrenched Energy Systems Undergo Rapid Changes?

February 27, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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The world’s energy infrastructure — with its massive generating plants, mines, refineries, electric grids, and gas stations — is often likened to an aircraft carrier: Trying to change its direction is a slow and difficult process. But at times, such changes can take place with surprising rapidity.[read more]