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A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 10, 2016 by aweiner
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Karel Beckman, Editorial Director

The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.[read more]

The Sustainable City

February 9, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Cities and Sustainability

 

A great paradox of the transition to a sustainable economy is that it will not be achieved in rural places in harmony with nature, but in cities built to exploit nature without destroying it. The problem with the idea of getting "back" to nature is that there are too many people and there is not enough nature.[read more]

2015: A Turning Point for Energy?

February 9, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles

Was the Past Year an Energy Turning Point?

When I sifted through the major energy developments of 2015, I was surprised by the number of references I found to last year as a turning point, whether for the oil industry, the response to climate change, coal-fired electricity generation, or renewable energy.[read more]

The Case for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

February 9, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Natural Gas and Renewables

The twin technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unlocked massive amounts of natural gas and oil, at some of the cheapest extraction prices globally. But there is a clean energy revolution resulting from supportive federal/state policies and rapid technological development.[read more]

Study: China's New Policies will Lower CO2 Emissions Faster, Without Preventing Economic Growth

February 9, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

China Environmental Policy

A new study that was co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.[read more]

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

February 9, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

New Generating Capacity and Renewables

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.[read more]

California has Nearly Half of the Nation's Solar Electricity Generating Capacity

February 9, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

California and National Solar Capacity

The United States has slightly more than 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, which includes utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal installations, as well as distributed generation solar PV systems, also known as rooftop solar.[read more]

Sharing Clean Energy With Our Neighbors Is Saving Us Millions

February 9, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Sharing Clean Energy

One challenge for the grid operator these days is upgrading the electric system so that we don't have to throw away as much clean energy. Sometimes we have to shut down production of clean renewable energy just because our electric grid needs enhancements in order to absorb all the clean energy we are producing.[read more]

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How Trucking is Becoming a Greener Industry in 2016

February 9, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Greening Trucking

 

Trucking isn't exactly known as a very green industry. Every day, huge tractor trailers put thousands of miles on the road and consume huge amounts of fuel and oil. They also dump tons of carbon dioxide and other dangerous emissions into the air.[read more]

Can the WTO Take a Lesson from the Paris Climate Playbook?

February 8, 2016 by Robert Stavins

Paris and the WTO

 

Climate negotiators have looked longingly at how the World Trade Organization (WTO) was able to negotiate effective international agreements. But ironically, the Paris climate talks and the WTO negotiations, which were set to take place the following week in Nairobi, lead to the opposite conclusion.[read more]

An Ill-Conceived Tax Idea

February 8, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil Industry Tax and Climate Security

Recently we learned that President Obama's final budget proposal includes a plan to raise money for transportation projects and other uses by imposing a per-barrel tax on US oil companies. Here are a few quick thoughts on this ill-conceived idea.[read more]

Canada Makes Big Decisions to Further Strengthen its Commitment to Nuclear Power

February 8, 2016 by Milton Caplan

Canada Nuclear Policy

When we think about nuclear power around the world these days, two things come to mind – the rapid growth in Asia led by China fueling the industry forward, and the challenges facing the industry in the west with some plants closing early in the USA and new build projects in Europe being delayed.[read more]

Is Carbon Capture for Natural Gas the Missing Climate Solution?

February 8, 2016 by Alex Gilbert
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Could Carbon Capture and Storage Work?

 

Natural gas with carbon capture and storage could be an ideal long-term cheap and reliable low-carbon energy source. When most people in energy policy or markets hear “carbon capture and storage” (CCS), they think of coal generation. And rightly so.[read more]

It's All About the Transition

February 8, 2016 by David Hone

Transitioning Away

The ambition embodied within the Paris Agreement argues for the need to reach a state of net zero anthropogenic emissions around the middle of the century, although the text of the Agreement is less stringent and points to the second half of the century for a balance between sinks and sources.[read more]

Realizing our True (Solar) Potential

February 8, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Widespread Solar Deployment

Nations worldwide are increasingly embracing solar power as an alternative electricity source for homes, buildings, and even the grid. Since 2008, installed solar capacity in the United States alone has grown 17-fold, from 1.2 to 20 gigawatts (GW), according to the U.S. Department of Energy.[read more]