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US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says EIA

December 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The US must spend $2.1 trillion for 30 years to modernize the grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to the IEA. While the country’s “energy policy landscape has changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals.[read more]

How Much Renewable Natural Gas Can Be Produced?

December 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Renewable Natural Gas Production Levels

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is methane produced from biomass that is cleaned to pipeline quality standards and blended with fossil natural gas. RNG, also known as biomethane, is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to fossil natural gas allowing it to be blended without restriction.[read more]

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The Year Ahead: 2015 Trends in Cleantech

December 22, 2014 by Jason Brown

Looking Forward in Cleantech

As we reach the end of 2014, our thoughts naturally turn to what 2015 might bring. In the cleantech industry, in particular, there exists a lot of questions regarding the future year. So here is a look forward at potential trends in the cleantech industry in 2015 from a selection of industry experts.[read more]

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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

December 22, 2014 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

During the President’s December 20th press conference he stated his position not to support the Keystone pipeline now includes the lack of economic benefits, claiming the benefits of the project will be minimal compared to risks and costs. Is this new claim in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline reasonable?[read more]

Galvanize Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. Clean Energy

December 22, 2014 by Devashree Saha

Cleantech and Foreign Support

The United States has made great strides in developing its clean energy sector. Clean energy investment reached $36.7 billion in 2013, increasing by nearly 250 percent since 2004. Despite the gains, the United States will need to continue investing. Where will this investment come from?[read more]

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Can ASEAN Run Away from Coal?

December 22, 2014 by Beni Suryadi

ASEAN and Coal

All sources are telling the exact same story: Asia currently leads in global energy consumption increases. The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are – along with China and India – shifting the center of gravity of the global energy system to Asia.[read more]

China Coal Use Can Peak this Decade: What Did the IEA Miss?

December 22, 2014 by Lauri Myllyvirta

China Peak Coal and the IEA

The IEA published its Medium-Term Coal Market Report, with a lot of attention devoted to proffering the notion that China’s coal consumption will continue to grow until the end of this decade. A thorough analysis of Chinese energy trends suggests that coal peak is much more achievable than the IEA made it seem.[read more]

Despite Lower Crude Oil Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Expected to Grow in 2015

December 21, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Prices and Future Drilling

The recent decline in crude oil prices has created the potential for weaker crude oil production. EIA's Drilling Productivity Report includes indicators that provide details on the effect low prices may have on tight oil production, which accounts for 56% of total U.S. oil production.[read more]

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
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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
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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
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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]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

December 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Putin, the Ruble, Rosneft and Economic Crisis

December 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia, Oil, and Economics

The Russian economy is heavily dependent on oil – prices of which have been falling precipitously – and sanctions imposed by western governments in retaliation for Russia’s aggressive action in Ukraine are putting extreme pressure on the country’s currency.[read more]