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Fossil Fuels are for Making Stuff

April 16, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Fossil Fuel Makes Stuff

The IPCC has just recently released its third assessment report on mitigating climate change. I have spent the morning reading the full summary, and to help you save a little time I have whittled it down to a six word summary: Fossils fuels are for making stuff.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Coal

April 15, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Coal Cost Consensus

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of coal. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

April 14, 2014 by Reid Capalino

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics.[read more]

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables 'Sound Good' but Should Take Backseat to Coal

April 13, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to D.C. this week to speak in front of the Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his utility is facing. With electricity use flatlining and renewable energy eroding margins for traditional generators he called for a renewed focus on fossil fuels.[read more]

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Economic Evaluation of Projects in the Electricity Supply Industry

April 11, 2014 by Hisham Khatib
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Electricity Supply Industry

 

Electricity is versatile, clean to use, easy to distribute and supreme to control. Just as important, it is now established that electricity has better productivity in many applications than other energy forms. This led to the wider utilisation of electricity and its replacement with other forms of energy.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Half of Power Plant Capacity Additions in 2013 Came From Natural Gas

April 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Power Plant Capacity Additions

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California.[read more]

Yes, Climate Change Is Here: Yes, We Can Solve It

April 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Climate Change Risk and Solutions

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounds a piercing alarm about the dangers every nation faces from runaway climate change. Climate change, the IPCC scientists tell us, is already jeopardizing food supplies, water resources, even the stability of nations.[read more]

Modi, Energy, and the Indian Elections

April 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Modi and Indian Elections

On the coast of India's Gulf of Kutch in Western Gujarat, near a small town called Mundra, an iconic fight against Tata Power's Mundra coal plant is brewing. This fight has become the epicenter of a 'rousing struggle' against coal expansion - and a microcosm of India's election politics.[read more]

Coal-Fired Power Plant Operators Consider Emissions Compliance Strategies

April 5, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Plant Compliance

Operators of coal-fired power plants throughout the United States are currently developing strategies to comply with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The costs of the equipment needed to control acid and toxic metal emissions play a significant role in retrofitting and retirement decisions.[read more]

Is The Energy Department Still Looking To A Give Coal-To-Liquid Plant A Loan Guarantee?

April 4, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Coal Plant Loan Guarantees

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the Department of Energy (DOE) is reconsidering the loan guarantee application for a stalled coal to liquids (CTL) project in Wyoming. Or, as one senior administration official told me, “we may be carrying this ‘all of the above’ strategy a bit too far.”[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports in 2013 Lowest in More than 20 Years

April 4, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Net Energy Imports

Total U.S. net imports of energy, measured in terms of energy content, declined in 2013 to their lowest level in more than two decades. Growth in the production of oil and natural gas displaced imports and supported increased petroleum product exports, driving most of the decline.[read more]

Better Chemistry, Better Biofuels? The Glycerol Glut, Solketal, and Other Floating Ideas

April 3, 2014 by N Nadir
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Biofuel Ideas

Along with other forms of so called “renewable energy,” I have come to hold a jaundiced view of biofuels, largely because of their inevitable competition with food supplies, as well as some concern about land use and the pressure placed on natural habitats.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Negative Climate Change Outlook

April 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Negative Climate Change Outlook

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its latest report on the current state of global warming, the risks it poses and mitigation efforts. The prognosis is negative, as the list of key risks laid out in the report describes.[read more]

Conservative Climate Panel Warns World Faces 'Breakdown Of Food Systems' And More Violent Conflict

April 1, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Risks

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its second of four planned reports examining the state of climate science. This one summarizes what the scientific literature says about “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability."[read more]

Coal Supplies at Electric Power Plants Drawn Down in Cold Weather

March 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Supply Draw Down

The average supply of coal fuel held in reserve at electric power generators in December 2013 dropped below sixty days worth of burn (a function of both inventory levels and anticipated consumption) for the first time since summer 2011.[read more]