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A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 8, 2016 by aweiner

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]

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FERC vs. EPSA Ruling: A Win for Demand Response and Energy Storage

February 4, 2016 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Demand Response Ruling

Demand Response and Energy Storage companies will benefit enormously from the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to regulate demand response programs in wholesale markets.[read more]

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Taking the Heat out of Global Warming

January 26, 2016 by Jim Baird
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The science is clear; the oceans are saving us from catastrophe and have the capacity to continue to do so if their ability to produce energy through ocean thermal energy conversion and to absorb heat at depth is fully exploited. No other replacement for fossil fuels alleviates the escalating problem of ocean heat and in fact virtually all other suggested energy alternatives exacerbate this problem.[read more]

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An Energy Sea Change Is Required

December 22, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Sea Energy Sources

The oceans are the only thing keeping atmospheric temperatures and its oxygen content within habitable limits. Ring fencing them may preclude the very actions that could save them, the life forms that reside within them and ourselves from irreparable harm.[read more]

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We Need More Energy Innovation: But What Does That Actually Mean?

December 10, 2015 by Jeff Kessler
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What Shape Will Energy Innovation Take?

 

If we are going to tackle climate change from a technology innovation perspective, we have a dearth of usable innovation data. We need to improve our data, and better map out the trajectories we’re on, so we can be more effective at allocating the resources that we have.[read more]

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On the Importance of Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment: Improving Messaging for Clean Energy and Climate Advocates

December 9, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy innovation vs deployment: moving beyond a tired debate

For my latest column, I'm trying to employ Storify to capture a recent discussion that took place on Twitter that warrants recording and further discussion here at Full Spectrum. I hope that you will agree. Please feel free to join the discussion in the comments.[read more]

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Should Home Solar Leave Behind Net Metering

December 3, 2015 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Solar and Net Metering

The Hawaii PUC has substantially restricted the state’s net metering program. As other net metering policies across the country come under fire from utilities, could the best path forward be to eliminate net metering in favor of giving distributed solar owners direct access to wholesale energy markets?[read more]

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Energy Access in Post-Conflict Regions: An Interview with Qorax Energy

November 10, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Energy Access After War

Last month the Energy for Development editorial team chatted with the managing partners of Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”), a solar asset financing and distribution company that enables access to electricity services in Somaliland, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[read more]

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Apartments Waste 33% of The Energy They Use [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 5, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Apartments Waste a Lot of Energy

Apartment buildings waste 33% of energy they use with the most being heating and cooling, and 30% being lost through your roof. What are ways to decrease this inefficiency and save on energy costs and consumption? Find out in this infographic.[read more]

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Mobile Money: The Answer to Sustaining Revenue for Off-Grid Energy Service Providers?

October 27, 2015 by Varun Mehra

Off-Grid Energy Financing

Providing access to electricity is a pressing need for over a billion people on this planet. Off-grid solutions can be attractive in areas where the centralized grid may not have reached. But the high overhead and transaction costs associated with providing off-grid solutions can be problematic for these businesses.[read more]

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How to Promote Nuclear Power

October 19, 2015 by Robert Hargraves
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Promoting Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power is important to the future of the world. It is the only economically practical way to power the economies of the developing world without sickening millions of people with combustion products and emitting CO2. So I’m taken aback by the weakness of short-sighted messages from the US nuclear industry.[read more]

Better Together: Regional Power Pools in Africa are Worth the Challenge

October 13, 2015 by Amy Rose

Africa and Regional Energy

Despite an abundance of energy resources, electric power systems in Africa have been slow to develop, leaving a large portion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity. The growing interest in regional power pools across the continent could dramatically alter that trend.[read more]

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Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[read more]

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Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller
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Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]

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Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]