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Could India's Coal Plans Derail the Global Climate?

March 26, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India Energy Needs and Coal

If India grew its electricity system based on coal (as China has done), would it derail the global climate? Under a “coal-heavy” scenario, India would need to increase is coal-fired power generation capacity from the 156 GW in early 2015 to 677 GW in 2035. What would be the CO2 implications of such a strategy?[read more]

Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway in California

March 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

What does energy efficiency mean to you? In states like California that employ aggressive energy efficiency policies and standards from widget to building envelope, it’s been a successful strategy to reduce per capita energy consumption.[read more]

A Path for Innovating Nuclear Energy

March 24, 2015 by Todd Allen

Nuclear Innovation

At the heart of the modern energy debate is a struggle between the need for more energy globally, while simultaneously achieving lower emissions. Nuclear energy is uniquely positioned to help respond to these dueling necessities, but innovative advancements must overcome considerable barriers.[read more]

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The 100% Renewable Energy Nuclear Option, Part 1

March 23, 2015 by David Hess
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Renewables and Future Energy Options

 

It is time for the world to get serious about renewables, by formally recognizing that nuclear energy is one in all ways that matter. Usually the term renewables is taken to mean wind and solar, but this makes the idea of a life and death contest with nuclear all the more ridiculous.[read more]

How Much Power Will India Need in 2035?

March 23, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Future Energy Needs in India

 

What is the projected growth of India’s electricity requirements until 2035? In 2012, the country generated 1,050 TWh of grid power. The government now wants to set in motion a process of accelerated industrialization to provide much-needed jobs, sustain growth and drive development.[read more]

Power Can Be Both Clean and Reliable

March 19, 2015 by Doug Vine
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A number of analysts have raised concerns that the proposed Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing power plant carbon emissions, could threaten the reliability of electric power. But a closer look at the U.S. power system and the safeguards in place suggests that these reliability issues are manageable.[read more]

Electricity Saving Campaign in Brazil Obscures Energy Challenges

March 19, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

Brazil and Energy Challenges

The once electric buzz surrounding the prospect of Brazil as an emerging market powerhouse is no more. International investors are losing their taste for the country and it’s weakening economy, remarkable considering just a few short years ago Brazil was heralded as a harbinger of a new global economic order.[read more]

Colorado Is the Latest State to Consider the 'Utility of the Future'

March 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Colorado’s state legislature is currently seeking to follow the lead of states like California, New York, Hawaii and Massachusetts in revamping its utility regulations to better serve for a more distributed, customer-empowered energy future.[read more]

3 Ways of Looking at the Solar Opportunity in India

March 17, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

Will India be the solar opportunity of a lifetime? Or is it just noise? To some extend, it comes down to what one believes: Will India develop? Will its government be part of the solution or part of the problem? There are three ways of looking at this market: The “Vision”, the “Reality” and the “Need” perspective.[read more]

California's Demand Response 2.0 Creates New Competitive Markets

March 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

We covered how California utility regulators and grid operators are rewriting the rules for demand response, the practice of reducing energy use in homes and businesses to meet grid needs. Now the fruits of these efforts are emerging: two proposals would radically change the way demand response works in the state.[read more]

The Role of Energy Intensity in Global Decarbonization: How Fast Can We Cut Energy Use?

March 16, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Efficiency and Cutting Carbon Emissions

Avoiding climate change will require the nearly complete decarbonization of the global energy system, with 50-90% reductions in global CO2 emissions by 2050. These cuts must be achieved against a backdrop of growing global population and projected increases in demand for energy and energy-related services.[read more]

REV-ing it up in New York: A Look Under the Hood of Reforming the Energy Vision

March 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New York Energy Plan

On February 27, the New York State Public Service Commission issued its Track I order that is the first major step in outlining the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. The REV is an effort Governor Cuomo initiated more than a year ago to make New York's electric system cleaner and more resilient.[read more]

Will India Budget for Clean Energy Development, Green Job Creation?

March 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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India Budget and Energy Planning

As India's ambitious clean energy targets continue to capture headlines, the central government has released its 2015 Union Budget. This budget includes the doubling of tax on coal per metric ton and the development of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.[read more]

Can Solar be the Backbone of India's Energy System by 2035?

March 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Around 70% of India’s power comes from coal, less than 1% from solar. Will that change in the next 20 years? Can solar become the new backbone of the Indian energy system? I think there is a good possibility that it will. In this post I present a thought experiment.[read more]

Energy at a Crossroads

March 10, 2015 by Kelby Twyman
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Future Energy Planning in the UK

The election in the UK is soon approaching, which means the candidates will be hungry to gain ground on each other to secure that career defining opportunity. It seems like politicians are throwing money at green energy, which is great, but the industry is lacking direction. How will the future of energy be shaped?[read more]