future energy planning

It's All About the Transition

February 8, 2016 by David Hone

Transitioning Away

The ambition embodied within the Paris Agreement argues for the need to reach a state of net zero anthropogenic emissions around the middle of the century, although the text of the Agreement is less stringent and points to the second half of the century for a balance between sinks and sources.[read more]

Why Oil Under $30 per Barrel is a Major Problem

February 4, 2016 by Gail Tverberg

Cheap Oil Risks

A person often reads that things like the current trend of low oil prices – for example, $30 per barrel oil prices – will actually stimulate the economy, and the economy will soon bounce back. But what is wrong with this story? A lot of things, as I see it.[read more]

Richard Lester's "A Roadmap for U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation"

December 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Future in the U.S.

Dr. Richard Lester, the Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost for International Activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published a thought and discussion provoking piece titled A Roadmap for U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation.[read more]

Has OPEC Lost Control of the Price of Oil?

December 30, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

OPEC and Oil Prices

For all the attention and speculation devoted to OPEC-watching whenever they meet, the question we should be asking about OPEC is whether the current situation shares enough of the elements that defined those periods in the past when the cartel's actual market control lived up to its reputation.[read more]

A Sunny Future for Utility-Scale Solar

December 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Utility-Scale Solar

Utility-scale solar has actually been reaching “grid parity” (i.e., cost equivalency) with traditional generation in more and more areas across the country. And solar received a major boost when the federal tax incentive was recently extended through 2021.[read more]

COP 21: A Success within the Success

December 18, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Planning for the Future

From the moment the COP 21 conference started, the newswires, bloggers and analysts have been writing about the success of the meeting and the ambitious nature of the Paris Agreement. Without doubt, more will be written in the weeks and months ahead. But the deal was done and many parts made it possible.[read more]

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We Need More Energy Innovation: But What Does That Actually Mean?

December 10, 2015 by Jeff Kessler

What Shape Will Energy Innovation Take?


If we are going to tackle climate change from a technology innovation perspective, we have a dearth of usable innovation data. We need to improve our data, and better map out the trajectories we’re on, so we can be more effective at allocating the resources that we have.[read more]

Energy on the Edge: Understanding the Challenge

December 1, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Paris and the Challenges to Come

Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the COP 21 conference that runs through the end of next week. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are on the agenda.[read more]

COP21: Is 5 Years Better Than 10?

December 1, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Future Energy Plans

As COP21 starts and the negotiators face the task of reaching an agreement, one of the most important points of discussion will be the review and recalibration of INDCs. Many organisations, including some business based ones, are arguing for a five yearly review of the national contributions.[read more]

Measuring Success in Paris

December 1, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

We will only know years from now, but the climate summit currently ongoing in Paris could prove to be transformative. It could set in motion a new dynamic among nations that, over time, will progressively strengthen the global climate effort.[read more]

The Eiffel Tower Guide to the UN Climate Change Summit

November 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Paris Agreement Possibilities

Here is why I am so hopeful about the UN climate mega-gathering in Paris starting today, November 30th: There is a very encouraging new global architecture for climate action being forged in Paris over the next two weeks; and It is embodied perfectly in the Eiffel Tower.[read more]

Jacopo Buongiorno: Bringing Outside Knowledge to the Nuclear Industry

November 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Industry Knowledge

Here’s a paradox facing today’s nuclear power industry: On one hand, an exciting range of new fission and fusion reactor technologies has spawned a number of startups. But market dynamics have conspired against the uptake of enabling technologies developed in other fields that could bring new options to nuclear.[read more]


India Must Ramp Up Nuclear to Meet Climate and Energy Goals

November 16, 2015 by Jarret Adams

With one-fifth of its 1.3 billion citizens without electricity and a rapidly growing economy, India must build a staggering amount of new power generation if it hopes to keep up with rising demand. But keeping control of its emissions means that it must maximize its use of low-carbon energy sources.[read more]

Despite Recent Closures, U.S. Nuclear Capacity is Scheduled to Increase by 2020

November 9, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Nuclear Capacity

Despite the scheduled closure of more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of nuclear generating capacity by 2019, scheduled additions of more than 5,000 MW of capacity between 2016 and 2020 could result in a net increase in total U.S. nuclear capacity.[read more]

Nuclear Power Economics Requires Believing In 'Impossible Things'

November 6, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

It is increasingly clear that the economics of nuclear power don’t add up. Just in the past two and a half years, for example, seven plants at six sites have been shut down due to uneconomic performance or massive equipment repair costs—and other plants are on the chopping block.[read more]