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Three Global Utility Metatrends

November 19, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

European Utility Week serves as an excellent venue to obtain more global industry perspectives than what is typically found in most industry events. In the case of the 2014 event, it served to reinforce the conclusion that there are really three global metatrends in play for electric utilities.[read more]

India Must Spend $250B by 2019 to Meet Its Power Needs

November 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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India Future Energy Needs

If India is going to provide power to its more than 1 billion people over the next five years, it will need to invest about $250 billion during that time. The country’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, noted that most of the money would need to come from the private sector.[read more]

If We are Serious About Carbon-Free Electricity, There Must Be More Nuclear Energy

November 10, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Carbon Reduction and Nuclear Adoption

Last month, we wrote about the ongoing push by the United Nations to combat climate change and its underwhelming support for nuclear power as an important part of the solution. To no one’s surprise, the final volume of the current IPCC report on climate change issued November 1 is no different.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Natural Gas is Often Described as a Bridge Fuel. How Long Should that Bridge Be?'

November 6, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Bridge Fuels and the Future of Energy

A new report released by the Canadian Pembina Institute and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions looks at British Columbia’s (B.C.) liquefied natural gas (LNG) strategy to serve the lucrative Asian gas market through the prism of global climate change in a carbon-constrained world.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende is Shifting the Energy Paradigm, Now it's Time to Optimize

November 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energiewende Optimization

Revolutionary paradigm shifts will quite often require the complex and cohesive development of many moving parts, some of which advance more quickly than others in practice. Germany’s revolutionary Energiewende (or “energy transition”) is no exception.[read more]

'2030 Climate and Energy Package Vital to EU's Energy Security' Stresses European Commission [VIDEO]

October 28, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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EU Energy and Climate Planning

 

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams
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UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]

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The Future of Energy: Will 'Cheap as Dirt' Batteries Transform the Grid?

October 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Storage Innovation and the Future

What if batteries were as cheap as dirt? In a new video produced by investment advisors Alger, Donald Sadoway explains how truly cheap, scalable energy storage could change the way the electric grid has worked for the last one-hundred-and-fifty years.[read more]

Will the World's Dominant Energy Source Be Solar? Only With Serious, Proactive Policy Support

October 3, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Solar and Subsidies

This week the International Energy Agency updated their technology roadmaps for solar photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. The bottom line is that significant policy and technological progress are required for solar to play a major role in electricity in the future.[read more]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]

Capacity Markets: The Future of European Demand Response?

September 17, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Europe Demand Response

Europe’s appetite for demand response is growing, not just to provide grid stability, but for years to come. That’s opening up more money-making opportunities for European companies willing to turn over factory lines, HVAC systems, and other energy loads to serve those needs.[read more]

Be Prepared - For a LOT More Solar by 2025

September 11, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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2025 may sound a ways off, but it’s only 11 years away. What will the world look like in 2025? Expect a lot more solar power. In fact, according to a report by Thomson Reuters, in 2025, solar energy will be the primary source of energy on our planet.[read more]

A Quiet Confession: China Cuts 2020 Shale Gas Goals in Half  

August 20, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China and Shale Gas

China quietly cut its 2020 goals for shale gas, a goal that was so ambitious that few took the number seriously. The goal – to ramp up from zero commercial production of shale gas to 60-80 billion cubic meters by 2020 – was met with skepticism both inside and outside China when first announced.[read more]

Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

August 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Coal Consumption

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel of Chinese coal consumption: It appears China's coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the 'war on pollution' is not just talk.[read more]

Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

August 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Utilities and Distributed Generation

 

United States utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models.[read more]