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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]

Business Leaders, Regulators, Lawmakers Explore 'Pathway to 2050'

August 16, 2014 by Bob Keough
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Business and the Future of Energy

“We will not grow our economy in spite of our climate goals, but because of our climate goals.” That was the message from Kish Rajan to the nearly 300 business and government leaders gathered in Sacramento August 6 to discuss the “Pathway to 2050” for energy and climate in California.[read more]

California Takes Its First Step Toward Creating the Distributed, Intelligent Grid of the Future

August 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Innovation

In California, where rooftop solar PV, distributed energy storage and energy-engaged consumers are becoming an important part of the grid mix, state regulators and utilities are thinking about how these grid edge systems will work together for the benefit of the grid, the environment and ratepayers alike.[read more]

USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

August 13, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Biogas Roadmap

Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard, the United States Department of Agriculture has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap to promote biogas as a valuable form of renewable energy.[read more]

Shell's Future Scenarios Ignore Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Rod Adams

Shell, Nuclear Energy, and the Future

One of the reasons I am so certain that hydrocarbon producers dislike the idea of competing with nuclear energy is the fact that their ads, stockholder communications, and predictions of future energy supply scenarios virtually ignore nuclear energy.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

World Oil Production at 3/31/2014: Where are We Headed?

July 25, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Production and Energy Future

The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for the next several years. With world oil production, the trend in oil production looks fairly benign, with the trend slightly upward. However, we may be dealing with an unstable situation.[read more]

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

July 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper. Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up every two years.[read more]

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

July 23, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change and Urbanization

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]