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

August 20, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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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]

Steam Coal Imports Remain Down Sharply from Historic High in 2007

August 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Steam Coal Imports

Steam coal imports at electric power plants have fallen significantly from their peak level of more than 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013. The number of plants using imported coal similarly fell from a peak of 48 in 2006 to 13 in 2013.[read more]

Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014

August 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Renewables, Change, and Growth

Wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass are surpassing hydropower as the dominant form of renewable electricity. And according to data from the United States Energy Information Administration, the crossover is expected to last the rest of 2014 and beyond.[read more]

King Coal Deposed in West, but Reigns in East

August 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Changing Coal Consumption

In the United States, coal consumption has been flat to declining for the past 20 years. Just since 2007, US coal consumption has fallen by more than 20%. This is the primary reason the US leads all countries in reducing carbon dioxide emissions over that same time period.[read more]

Not Your Grandpa's Utility Business Model

August 4, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Changing Utility Models

 

Although it’s been a while since the term “utility death spiral” has been trotted out in the media, there’s no doubt that utilities are under pressure to modernize and innovate their business models. This week we saw several significant moves from utilities that may move us toward to a 21st Century electricity system.[read more]

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption'

July 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fuel Subsidies and Waste

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently expressed her view that “ending ‘wasteful fossil fuel subsidies’, which may encourage overconsumption of oil and gas, particularly in the Middle East,” still constitutes a big challenge around the world.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

July 23, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and Generation

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This has not Been Done Before,' Energy & Tech Increasingly Collide

July 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy and Tech Crunch

As energy technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the distinction between pure-play energy companies and technology companies becomes increasingly blurred. Companies are adding computer scientists and other specialists to their pay rolls like never before.[read more]

Australia's Disruptive Energy Revolution Defined

July 5, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Australia Energy Industry Disruption

I spend a lot of time trying to succinctly describe what is going on with energy, to people in all walks of life. The reality is, the issues are complex and people on both sides of the argument tend to simplify the issues down into bite sized chunks so we can get our heads around it.[read more]

How Solar Finance is Driving Solar Businesses to Change

June 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris

At the risk of sounding like an old man with graying whiskers, I can remember giving a presentation more than a decade ago about how we needed to stop thinking in terms of capital cost and think about price per kilowatt hour when it comes to selling solar.[read more]

U.S. Petroleum Product Exports to Mexico Rise while Mexican Crude Exports to the U.S. Fall

June 1, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S., Mexico, and Petroleum

The United States imported 850,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Mexico in 2013, which is the lowest volume since 1993. In the past decade, U.S. crude oil imports from Mexico fell 47%, primarily as a result of declining production of crude oil in Mexico.[read more]

Non-Hydro Renewables Generate More Electricity Than Conventional Hydro for First Time

May 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables Growth and Change

Historically large-hydro renewable sources like large dams have contributed most electrical generation from the combined renewable sources including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. But the tide may be turning on the growing renewable energy mix.[read more]

Report: Nearly 5,600 Clean Energy and Transportation Jobs Announced in Q1 2014

May 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Energy Jobs

Environmental Entrepreneurs reports that nearly 5,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced throughout the United States in the first quarter of 2014, which is a significant decline from the numbers from the previous two quarters.[read more]

Jobs: The Number One Word Clean Energy Advocates Should Be Using

Clean Energy and Jobs

Ads from the oil and gas industry with job-centric taglines are popping up all over D.C., implying that while renewables may have feel-good qualities, fossil fuels still power the economy and provide jobs. There’s just one problem: Clean energy does provide a lot of jobs, with the potential for many more.[read more]

Electric Slide: A Look at U.S. Energy Consumption by Sector

May 22, 2014 by Patrick Gerald
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US Energy Consumption by Sector

Since the 20th century, electricity generated from coal, natural gas, and petroleum has been held in high regard. This is because utility companies have been able to keep prices in check. In the 21st century however, America has seen the price of petroleum based energy increase rapidly.[read more]