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3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]

Why Deutsche Bank's Solar Projections Don't Fit Australia

January 22, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Deutsche Bank is projecting a potential reduction in solar costs of around 40% in the next two years. I’m excited to hear this news and don’t want to rain on anyone's parade, however, I think it’s really important to look at them in the context of local market conditions to understand how probable they are.[read more]

Where Does Bioenergy Fit into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses its land — with implications for global food prices and natural resources like forests.[read more]

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Oil Prices Tumble: Impacts on the Economy, Geopolitics, and the Future of Clean Energy #EnergyChat

January 19, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Tweet Chat on the Impact of the Oil Price Collapse

 

Global oil prices have been in freefall over the past six months, tumbling from a high of $115 per barrel to less than $50 per barrel this week. And that changes, well, pretty much everything in the energy world. To get to the bottom of all of it, I recently hosted a live #EnergyChat on Twitter on January 12th.[read more]

Climate and Global Energy: The Answer Lies After 2050, Probably Not Before

January 15, 2015 by David Hone
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Future Energy Planning and Climate Solutions

The global energy system works on timescales of decades rather than years. When considering the changes required in managing the climate issue, the short-to-medium-term takes us to 2050 and the long term is 2100! As such, drawing long term conclusions based on a 2050 outlook raises validity issues.[read more]

Texas Energy: What Do the ERCOT Reports Really Say?

January 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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ERCOT Reports

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has been busy. In the last two months of 2014, the agency released two very lengthy reports. As the media described it, the reports did not provide the rosiest of outlooks for costs to Texans or electric reliability. But I think they are looking at the reports the wrong way.[read more]

2014: A Positive Sign of What's to Come in Clean Energy

January 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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2014 and the Clean Energy Future

The New Year is a time for thoughtful reflection on the past, beginning with a look back on the previous twelve months and all that they brought to us. A quick scan of the United States climate and energy news in 2014 will tell you it was a very big year.[read more]

Will California's Energy Policy Become the World's Energy Policy?

January 13, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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California Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address included three energy objectives for 2030. Given this state’s ability to make markets through its imposing economic and innovation strengths, here are my projections about what this will mean for California, electric utilities, Smart Grid vendors, and the world.[read more]

Gasoline Prices and the Battery Business

January 13, 2015 by James Greenberger

Falling gasoline and crude oil prices have ignited predictable concern about the future of renewable energy technologies and of technologies, such as electrochemical energy storage, that facilitate the use of renewable technologies on the grid and in transportation. Those concerns are misplaced.[read more]

My 2015 Energy Predictions

January 12, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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For the past 5 or 6 years, I have begun the year by making predictions for the upcoming year in the energy markets. I am generally happy if I can hit on 60-80% of them. In 2014 I went 5 for 5, but I can say with a fair amount of confidence that this is a feat that’s unlikely to be repeated for 2015.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Priorities: All You Need to Know for the Latvian Presidency [VIDEO]

January 9, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Priorities

In this special briefing for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.[read more]

Oil and the Economy: Where are we Headed in 2015-16?

January 8, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Economics of the Near Future

Newspapers in the United States seem to emphasize the positive aspects of the drop in prices. If our only problem were high oil prices, then low oil prices would seem to be a solution. Unfortunately, the problem we are encountering now is low prices in the extreme.[read more]

Four Questions For Global Carbon Markets In 2015

January 5, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Carbon Markets in the Coming Year

The world’s carbon markets are one of the climate change fight’s biggest stories, and they’ve never been stronger. Cap-and-trade systems combined with carbon taxes to cut emissions and invest billions in clean energy technologies, while expanding to over 40 national and regional jurisdictions in 2014.[read more]

What Will the Battery Market Look Like in 2030?

January 5, 2015 by James Greenberger
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It is not difficult to speculate on what some of the new “killer apps” for batteries might be by 2030. If we have learned anything over the last 15 years, it is that the battery market is dynamic and the greatest limit on that market is not technology but imagination.[read more]

As 2014 Has Come to a Close, Nuclear Energy is at a Crossroads - Again!

January 1, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Crossroads

Looking back at 2014, the nuclear industry has had its ups and downs. There were setbacks as France formalized its intention to reduce its reliance on nuclear going forward, Sweden pulled back after its most recent election, and in Finland the Olkiluoto 3 project was delayed once again.[read more]