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Energy Quote of the Day: 'Lord, Grant Me One More Boom and I Promise Not to Screw it Up'

December 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Boom Opportunity

If you haven’t been near a computer, television, smartphone, or radio, benchmark oil prices are down about 40% from June. Given the ubiquitous media coverage, it can be hard to cut through the noise to find more insightful analysis and different views.[read more]

What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts

December 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change in Charts

This year saw a lot of big climate reports, including three by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And, as always, we had many important publications from the work of individual scientists. And that means great charts![read more]

The Top Cleantech Buzzwords and Phrases From 2014

December 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

If there's any word with the potential to make the Cleantech buzzword dictionary in 2015, we'll vote for "YieldCo." But there are plenty of others with equal weight. Below are ten words, acronyms or phrases that were used a lot within the clean energy industry this year.[read more]

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Christmas and Carbon: What's The Connection?

December 20, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

The evolution of the shopping trends from offline to online is a unique case study as far as climate change discussions go. While retailers have been saving energy on commuting, lighting and inventory holding costs, they are also consuming more paper and cardboard due to individual shipping.[read more]

Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

December 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Smart Meters and Electricity Pricing

Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.[read more]

Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]

It's Time for Environmentalists to Give Nuclear a Fair Go

December 20, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Greens and Nuclear Energy

Should the development and use of nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries’) future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a realistic solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate change.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

Educating the First Generation of Sustainability Managers

December 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Today, as our growing economy stresses the ecosystems that make human life and wealth possible, CEOs must manage the physical dimensions of sustainability. What used to be a small, negligible part of management has become a core function of management.[read more]

First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

December 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar Residential PV Investment

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small business customers on behalf of utilities.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[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]