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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Distributed Solar PV

November 25, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar PV Internal Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of distributed solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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What Does 'Energy Access' Even Mean Anyway?

November 24, 2014 by Patricia Levi
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Energy for Human Development

What does it mean for a household or business in a developing country to have electricity access? This apparently simple question has a complex and contested answer. How electricity access is defined has important implications for what types of interventions planners design for future electrification progress.[read more]

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Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

November 24, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Coal Ash Waste Disposal Risk

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife.[read more]

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Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

November 17, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Wind Farms and Back Up

A common claim about wind farms is that every unit of installed wind capacity needs to be backed up by one unit of fossil fuel capacity. Some claim that wind farms do not reduce carbon emissions; while others tell us that wind farms do not need much back up in the first place. Both assertions are demonstrably false.[read more]

Embracing our Best Shot at a Low-Carbon Future

November 13, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Low-Carbon Future with Nuclear Energy

Environmentalists and their critics often struggle to find common ground, but the one issue they agree on is their resistance to nuclear energy. Nuclear energy in the United States has invoked knee-jerk opposition since the Three Mile Island crisis in 1979.[read more]

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Why Does the U.S. Still Need So Much Fracking Oil?

November 12, 2014 by John Miller
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Fracking Oil and Energy Needs

United States petroleum consumption peaked in the year 2005, and it has been declining from that high ever since. Can this improvement of U.S. petroleum consumption be sustained and possibly achieve a 30 percent reduction in 2005 to 2030?[read more]

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Launching a New Way to Explore Energy and Human Development

November 11, 2014 by Yael Borofsky
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Energy for Human Development

Opportunities for innovation in economic growth are expanding in Africa, India, and southeast Asia while the conversation in the west is often stagnated around simple lighting solutions that address the most urgently poor customers, but not the underlying opportunities for sustainable power sector development.[read more]

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Can Buildings Help Regulate the Power Grid and Integrate Renewable Energy?

November 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Buildings, Renewables, and Grid Integration

Grid operators may have a new ally in their efforts to integrate renewables and regulate the frequency of the grid: buildings. Variable-speed drives used to run heating and cooling systems can be modulated in response to signals from grid operators, helping keep the frequency of electricity flowing across the grid.[read more]

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Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels In Developing Countries

November 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Developing Countries and Cheap Fuel Choices

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper – a dangerous choice considering climate change. But those days are ending.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Utility Scale Solar PV

November 4, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Utility Scale Solar Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of utility scale solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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It is Time to Stop Measuring Fuel Efficiency in Miles Per Gallon

November 3, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Fuel Efficiency and Measurement

Due to the absurdities of history, America uses what is essentially a medieval unit system that appears completely untouched by the scientific revolution. Why such units have not been recognised as a menace to public understanding - and hence abandoned - is a mystery.[read more]

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Will LEDs Trigger Rebound Effects? Examining the Key Evidence

November 3, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rob Day argues that the rebounds in energy demand triggered by energy efficient lighting have been overblown. This rebuttal sets the record straight, and does so by exploring the key evidence in the debate over the magnitude of rebound effects.[read more]

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Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

October 30, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Advocacy and Utility Challenges

 

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the waters in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Offshore Wind

October 28, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Costs of Offshore Wind Energy

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of offshore wind energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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A Case Study in how Junk Science is Used by Anti-Nuclear Environmentalists

October 27, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Science, Nuclear Risk, and Public Perception

In opposing nuclear energy environmental groups draw on a wealth of imagery and deeply ingrained fears. Rigorous scientific analysis may show that the dangers from burning coal are vastly greater than those of nuclear energy; but can you can name a single coal power plant?[read more]