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Carbon and De-carbonization

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable

October 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Germany's Energy Transition

Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid, which is enough energy to offset upwards of 35 coal plants.[read more]

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

October 21, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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Carbon capture and storage is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil.[read more]

LanzaTech's Vulnerability

October 21, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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LanzaTech proposes to take waste carbon monoxide from sources like steel manufacturers and ferment that to produce ethanol. Holmgren says that the bacterium they use for their fermentation, Clostridium autoethanogenum, is highly ethanol tolerant.[read more]

Deniers Mistakenly Say that Global Warming Has Ended

October 20, 2014 by Henry Auer
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Climate Denial and Global Warming

The global average temperature has increased by about 0.7-0.8ºC over pre-industrial temps. A pause of annual global temperatures began after 1997 even though the atmospheric concentration of CO2 continued to increase. Global warming deniers have seized on this to say that warming of the Earth has ended.[read more]

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

October 20, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Natural Gas and the Future of Energy

A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone
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Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October 2014 [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Report

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues including the Juncker Commission, and the recent green light for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]

Life-Cycle Study Confirms Global Environmental Benefit of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

October 16, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Low-Carbon Tech Benefits

A new study examines the environmental impacts and resource requirements of large-scale global implementation of a variety of low-carbon power generation tech as backbone of a new low-carbon power supply infrastructure. Basically, this research goes one step further than previous life-cycle assessments.[read more]

​In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown

October 16, 2014 by Rob Day
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Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects

LED lighting is one powerful tool for addressing climate change. And the people working hard to accelerate adoption of LED lighting should be very proud of what they are doing. We can do even more, too. But to say that LEDs are "unlikely" to make a positive impact on climate change is just not true.[read more]

Why Energy Efficiency Can Increase Energy Consumption in Poor Countries

Energy Efficiency and Consumption Growth

Over the last several decades there has been a broad consensus that energy efficiency is a cheap way to reduce emissions. Make cars and bulbs more efficient and energy use will go down. But behind the scenes, a growing group of energy researchers were quietly discovering a more complicated reality.[read more]

Will a Dirty Coal Plant in Kosovo Spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

October 16, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Kosovo and Coal Plants

For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment to carbon divestment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.[read more]

European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite Weakened Stance on Tar Sands, New Measures Take Important Step on Climate Policy

October 16, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

It is good news that Europe has published final measures that will require EU member states to lower the carbon intensity of their transport fuel mix by 6% before a 2020 deadline. If adopted, this would be a step in the right direction. But the final policy wasn't as strong as it could have been.[read more]

Are Rebound Effects a Problem for Energy Efficiency?

October 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Efficiency Rebound and Value

The New York Times got the headline wrong in "The Problem With Energy Efficiency." Rebound effects are only 'problem' for energy efficiency if you believe efficiency’s unalloyed goal is to cut energy consumption. But that is hardly the case.[read more]