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The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 2: EV Costs

October 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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EV Costs and Benefits

Electric Vehicles today are considered to be more expensive to purchase than their Internal Combustion Engine automobile counterparts. But the purchase price of EV’s versus ICE vehicles tells an incomplete story about the comparative costs of these cars.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams
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UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

October 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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The day to day reality for solar energy consumers and installers is that right across the country the majority of incumbent electricity companies are subtly implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar energy; and it’s getting much worse.[read more]

Microgrids Can Serve Multiple Purposes With The Right Policy Frameworks

October 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Microgrids provoke a multitude of views. For the Department of Energy, developing advanced microgrids can help build new electricity resources for customers, the community, and the macrogrid. For the Department of Defense, microgrids deliver energy security for military bases and mobile operations.[read more]

Arizona Poised to Open New Market for Energy Storage

October 14, 2014 by Matt Roberts

A settlement that Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) negotiated on purchasing new generation capacity will open up opportunities for energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and renewables in the Grand Canyon State.[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 1: The Driving Experience

October 14, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EV Experience

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Tesla Model S P85. Like many drivers of the Model S, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of this machine and after examining the engineering I am increasingly convinced that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future for automobiles.[read more]

When Do EVs Become Competitive? Answers From Norway

October 14, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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EVs and Norway

EVs currently capture more than 10% of the Norwegian new car market. This article takes a closer look at the magnitude of the sales price reductions, fuel price differences and additional perks required to achieve this level of market penetration.[read more]

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The Future of Energy: Will 'Cheap as Dirt' Batteries Transform the Grid?

October 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Storage Innovation and the Future

What if batteries were as cheap as dirt? In a new video produced by investment advisors Alger, Donald Sadoway explains how truly cheap, scalable energy storage could change the way the electric grid has worked for the last one-hundred-and-fifty years.[read more]

Comparing Apples with Oranges

October 13, 2014 by David Hone
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Comparing Capacity

Capacity comparisons look great in that they can make it appear that vast amounts of renewable energy is entering the energy mix when that is not the case. Renewable energy will undoubtedly have its day, but a generation or two will likely have to pass before we can note its significant impact.[read more]

Charting China's Carbon Horizon

October 13, 2014 by Lucas Bifera

Carbon, China, and the Future

Discussions around China’s carbon emissions reached a fever pitch throughout September’s UN Climate Summit, punctuated by a new report from the Global Carbon Project estimating the country’s total emissions at 9.9 billion metric tons of CO2 (MTCO2) in 2013, or 28% of the global total.[read more]

California Drought Leads to Less Hydropower, Increased Natural Gas Generation

October 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Drought and Fuel Source Changes

The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California's governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category.[read more]

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

October 11, 2014 by Kit Kennedy
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Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year.[read more]

Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Backfire in Emerging Economies

October 9, 2014 by Max Luke
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Efficiency and Rebound Economics

Countries that expect to consume much more energy will likely experience higher levels of energy efficiency rebound. Rebound is the phenomenon in which energy efficiency measures increase demand for energy, which diminishes expected energy savings.[read more]

Four Reasons Pay-As-You-Go Solar And Digital Financing Are Unlocking Energy Access For All

October 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Financing and Energy Access

Thanks to The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor's (CGAP) comprehensive new report, it's easy for those interested in the transformative potential of the PAYG market -- including investors and those looking to work in energy access -- to understand the nuts and bolts of this nascent market.[read more]

DOE Loans Are Only the Beginning for Much-Needed Investment in Nuclear

October 8, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Nuclear Loans and Support

The Department of Energy’s announcement for up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear is great news for dozens of US companies developing cutting-edge nuclear power technologies struggling to find support in the US market.[read more]