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Energy Quote of the Day: "What’s the Next Shale Gas?"

September 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Next Energy Boom

Bank of America Chairman Charles Holliday asked the audience at the recent’s American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington DC how many people anticipated the US shale gas production revolution 10 years ago. No one in the 500-plus crowd raised their hand.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[read more]

On Distributed Generation, the Answer is Location, Location, Location

September 10, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

What is the basis for the value of distributed energy resources? This is one of the most important questions that must be answered as more distributed energy resources (DER) are deployed and the electricity grid continues to change and develop.[read more]

From VC to M&A, Smart Home Investments Amounted to $800M This Summer

September 7, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Various groups including startups, incumbent companies, and investors were very active in the connected and smart home market this summer, when roughly $800 million in transactions closed in the period between June and the end of August.[read more]

More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell

August 22, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Shell and Nuclear Energy

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced ads aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel.[read more]

Not on My Balance Sheet: Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, and Stranded Assets

August 4, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Assets

This week is shaping up to be rough for the US coal industry. The EPA is holding hearings on plans to dramatically cut carbon-dioxide emissions released from US power plants and the Obama administration just published a report on the economic consequences of waiting to act on climate change.[read more]

Africa: New Land of Opportunity? Ashley Kelty Points to the Positives

August 3, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Oil and gas equities analyst Ashley Kelty has more than 14 years experience in the oil and gas sector. Kelty joined Cenkos Securities Plc from the Lloyds Banking Group (formerly Bank of Scotland) oil and gas team, where he was responsible for the management of a portfolio of debt clients.[read more]

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

July 31, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Nuclear Future in the Short-Term

The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.[read more]

Reimagining Infrastructure

July 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.[read more]

Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why

July 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Future Demand Response

 

Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It's in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.[read more]

What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like?

July 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days. What will the 21st century grid look like? This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part of the first “Quadrennial Energy Review.”[read more]

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Utility of the Future: Paradigm Shift to Meet a More Distributed, Customer-Focused Energy System in the 21st Century

July 17, 2014 by Sonita Lontoh
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Future Utility Systems

Utilities and energy providers around the world will face unprecedented challenges and changes in the 21st century, among which are the proliferation of distributed energy and the need to be more customer-focused. Successfully addressing these will require a paradigm shift in thinking.[read more]

Oil Companies Gambling Billions of Dollars Ignoring Realities of a Carbon Constrained World

July 14, 2014 by Kevin Grandia
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Right now, oil companies are investing billions in long term plays in very carbon intensive fuels, like Canada's oil sands, while at the same time there are more and more signs that strict regulations on such operations are on the horizon in the near-term.[read more]

Energy Storage Opportunities are Everywhere

June 26, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
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“I like to think of storage in the absolute widest sense of the word. It’s not only about storing electricity for later use. It’s also about crossing over into other infrastructures like mobility. For example, we see it now in electic and hybrid cars that carry batteries."[read more]

IEA Investment Report: What is Right, What is Wrong

June 13, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

IEA Report Analysis

Recently, the IEA published a “Special Report” called World Energy Investment Outlook. In my view, this is a 'CYA' report. The IEA sees trouble ahead. There is no way that investment of the needed amount (which is likely far more than $48 trillion) can be met.[read more]