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3 Climate Lessons From Lima

December 18, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

Lessons from Lima

Climate change cannot be solved without leadership from heads of government, without immediate mitigation of near-term warming, and without cutting short-lived climate pollutants to complement the United Nations climate agreement.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

December 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball.[read more]

Putting Excitement Back into Nuclear Technology Development [VIDEO]

December 16, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Tech and Future Development

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled 'Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change.' It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power.[read more]

Finding the Way to Paris from Lima

December 16, 2014 by David Hone

With the choice of a high road and a low road from Lima to Paris, the Parties seem to have selected the dirt track off to the side, replete with rocks, obstacles, difficult terrain and an uncertain destination. However, the map they have crafted in Lima does at least have clear pointers to the outcome actually needed.[read more]

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Lima Climate Talks: A Catalyst for Global Change? A Future Energy Fellows #EnergyChat Webinar

December 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

TEC #EnergyChat

Is the UNFCCC still a viable pathway to confront climate change? Are bilateral deals, like the US-China partnership, an alternative to the UNFCCC process? In collaboration with Shell's Future Energy Fellows Program we hosted an #energychat webinar to find out how experts felt about the subjects.[read more]

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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

US-China Climate Deal Underscores Need for Substantial Energy Innovation

December 11, 2014 by Arthur Yip
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US, China, and Innovation

Talks at the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru have been buoyed by the recent US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. While the pledges by the two largest players may represent a veritable political breakthrough, a new Breakthrough analysis of China’s energy plans shows there is reason for concern.[read more]

COP 20: Reality and Distortions in Lima

December 11, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 Perceptions in Lima

Wandering the COP20 campus, listening to side events and hearing senior political, business and NGO representatives talk about the climate issue, you start to feel sure that we must already be on a new energy pathway. Then something happens to make you realize that there is still a long way to go.[read more]

Energy Questions We Need to Ask: 5 Key Questions about Global Energy

December 10, 2014 by Roberto Bocca
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The plummeting price of oil has put energy back in the headlines, with analysts questioning everything from the viability of the American shale-oil project to the stability of the Russian economy. But we must look beyond price movements of just a few months and take a longer-term view of how we power the world.[read more]

From Delhi to Lima: India's Win-Win Opportunity to Grow a Low-Carbon Economy

December 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India's Low-Carbon Opportunity

On Friday, I attended Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar’s press conference in Delhi before he departed for the 20th UN climate conference of the parties (“COP 20”) taking place in Peru’s capital, Lima. Minister Javadekar described the Lima conference as a "milestone."[read more]

A Look at SCE's Procurement of Distributed Generation to Fill the Nuclear Gap

December 5, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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SCE, Distributed Generation, and Nuclear

With hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar power, energy storage, demand response and energy efficiency, SCE wants to manage local grid constraints, reduce carbon emissions, and test the ability of targeted, customer-sited and distributed assets to meet the needs traditionally filled by central power plants.[read more]

Getting Going in Lima?

December 5, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 and Future Planning

COP 20 is now underway in Lima and I am on the newly created site. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set of temporary buildings for housing negotiators and observers from some 190 countries.[read more]

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Climate Agreement in Paris

December 4, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Lima and Paris

In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For two weeks, countries are participating in another round of climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru.[read more]

Outlook for Lima: Setting the Stage for Paris

December 3, 2014 by Elliot Diringer

Getting Ready for Paris

Negotiators in Lima for the annual U.N. climate summit face a certain paradox. There are encouraging signs of growing momentum toward a new global climate deal late next year in Paris. Yet over the next two weeks in Lima, the negotiators may make only modest progress at best.[read more]

OPEC Meeting and The Price of Oil: Russia's Biggest Worry and Saudi Arabia's 'Tour de France' Strategy

December 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Oil, OPEC, Russia, and Saudi Arabia

Russian officials already in the unenviable position of dealing with the impact of Western sanctions on their national economy as reflected in a tumbling ruble – in spite of continuous Central Bank interventions – and capital outflows, now face the possibility of a recession looming in 2015.[read more]