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Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]

As Canada's New Energy Sheriff Shakes Things Up, Credibility is Imperative

December 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Canada, Regulation, and Trust

Alberta is Canada’s energy powerhouse, home to the country’s natural gas reserves and many coal mines. As the country seeks to be a global energy power it needs the steward of its abundant resources to be viewed as the world’s best, and that responsibility falls on the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator.[read more]

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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]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[read more]

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

December 17, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Coal Replacement by Natural Gas

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand.[read more]

On the Meaning of Existence (and Power Plant Emissions)

December 17, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Emissions and Existence

We don’t shy away from addressing the deep questions in energy and environmental economics. With this post, we tackle the very meaning of existence (with respect to power plants regulated under proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards).[read more]

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

December 17, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

COP 20 and Looking Forward to Paris

Negotiations spilled into a marathon session at the COP 20 talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound familiar? It should. It has been the modus operandi for international climate negotiations for years.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[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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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]

Assessing the Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks

December 15, 2014 by Robert Stavins

On December 14th, the COP 20 of the UNFCCC concluded in Lima, Peru with an agreement among 195 countries, the “Lima Accord,” which represents both a classic compromise between the rich and poor countries, and a significant breakthrough after twenty years of difficult climate negotiations.[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]

COP 20: Why Lima Was So Tough

December 15, 2014 by Elliot Diringer
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It was clear heading into the U.N. climate change conference in Lima that countries would punt all the toughest issues until next year in Paris, when a grand new global deal is due. So why did it take more than 30 hours beyond the conference deadline to deliver something so modest?[read more]

Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

December 14, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and State Political Support

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan, one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois legislators recently signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan.[read more]

Big Banks Propping Up Coal Industry to the Tune of $89 Billion

December 13, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Banks and Coal Financing

As the nations of the world meet in Lima, Peru this week at the annual COP climate negotiations to address climate disruption, it's the large banks and their financial support for the coal industry that are causing widespread, but under-reported, systemic destruction.[read more]