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10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

The Lowest Cost Renewable Energy Comes With a 2000 Percent Environmental Dividend

January 29, 2015 by Jim Baird
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NASA and NOAA have proclaimed that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. It was the year also in which scientists identified heat movement into the ocean depths as the reason an atmospheric warming hiatus has existed for the previous 15 years.[read more]

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Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight

January 28, 2015 by Amelia Smith
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The podcast for the exclusive #energychat webinar that occurred on January 26th.[read more]

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Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 23, 2015 by Jason Brown
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Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]

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Off-Grid Energy in India: Identifying Early Adopter Markets

January 20, 2015 by Yael Borofsky

Off-Grid Energy Adopton in India

The potential market for off-grid electricity in India is large, with more than 300 million people living without access to electricity. With such an expansive market, how do enterprises decide where and how to focus? We advocate that entrepreneurs use an analytical approach to choosing the area of operation.[read more]

Prescribing a Cure for the Health of Both the Planet and its Inhabitants

January 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Earth and Population Health

The economic model required to restore the planet to health is the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than planet's pathology however the purveyors of the fuels that have brought us to a critical climate juncture insist that the price of their wares is the all-encompassing issue.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

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Keystone XL Pipeline Opposition: Review of the Major Claims, Relevant Facts, and Most Probable Impacts

January 13, 2015 by John Miller
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Keystone Opposition Analysis

President Obama plans to further delay needed executive action on the Keystone XL pipeline project and veto any Congressional Bills that would mandate the pipeline’s approval. Is this Administrative action based on credible technical and economic factors or primarily politics?[read more]

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Communicating About Climate Change: 'The Elephant We're All Inside Of'

January 12, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Climate Change and Communication

How stakeholders communicate about climate change has long been framed by who’s doing the framing more than the information being communicated. I'm curious how various stakeholders – believers, skeptics and deniers alike – are talking about it and who, if anybody, is ‘moving the needle’ in either direction.[read more]

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Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the End of OPEC

January 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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Saudi Arabian oil fields/shutterstock

Saudi Arabia just refused to cut production to arrest tumbling oil prices. In effect, the owner of the most valuable fossil fuel reserve on Earth just started discounting for a future without them. While they would never state this reasoning publicly, their actions speak on their behalf. And that changes everything.[read more]

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On Educating an Interdisciplinary Generation of Energy Access Experts

January 7, 2015 by Lily Mwalenga
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Energy Access Education

Achieving universal energy access will require the application of diverse expertise in a relatively coordinated way. This diversity presents a unique opportunity and challenge for educators, who will need to engage students from different backgrounds under a unifying framework.[read more]

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Talkin' 'Bout Cogeneration: Prospects for 2015

January 6, 2015 by Clare Taylor
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Europe and Cogeneration

As sustainable energy moves up the political agenda, low carbon solutions for heating and cooling are coming to the fore. Every year, almost 50% of the total energy consumed in Europe is used for the generation of heat for domestic or industrial purposes.[read more]

Four Questions For Global Carbon Markets In 2015

January 5, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Carbon Markets in the Coming Year

The world’s carbon markets are one of the climate change fight’s biggest stories, and they’ve never been stronger. Cap-and-trade systems combined with carbon taxes to cut emissions and invest billions in clean energy technologies, while expanding to over 40 national and regional jurisdictions in 2014.[read more]

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How to Read a 2015 Article About Electric Power

January 1, 2015 by Robert Hargraves
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Start the new year off with the Energy Collective by familiarizing yourself with a few handy formulas, facts, and hints about electricity and electrical power. They will help you breeze through and compare articles over the course of the coming year.[read more]

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Top 14 Energy Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Top Energy Stories of the Year

From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany's energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, TheEnergyCollective.com was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.[read more]