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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

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Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[read more]

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Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Transportation

April 9, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing short of a global superstar today. But that wasn’t always the case. Like many entrepreneurs, Elon started small, launching an online business directory for newspapers with his brother.[read more]

The Price of Energy: Canada's Challenge and Opportunity

April 8, 2015 by Jim Baird

Canada and Energy Prices

The current status quo in Canada places the country in the unique and almost incomprehensible position of potentially being a loser at both ends of fossil fuel/renewable energy tug of war. 75% of Canada’s petroleum reserves may have to be left in the ground.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Planning the Utility of the Future

The electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.” In this #EnergyChat Webinar, we chatted with experts about the technologies, new business models, and regulatory reforms transforming the electric utility sector.[read more]

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Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

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Regulatory Reform Needed for Transmission Investment, Renewables Integration

April 6, 2015 by Max Luke

Limited transmission infrastructure is one of the largest obstacles to the deployment of renewables in the U.S. Many of the best wind and solar regions are far from areas of high electricity demand. Bringing electricity from these regions to load centers often requires additional transmission investments.[read more]

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Renewable Portfolio Standards Under Attack Across America

April 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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RPS and State Attacks

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Fossil fuel funded efforts are underway to undermine or end renewable portfolio standards (RPS) across the United States. In 2014, as in past years, these efforts largely failed. But will 2015 turn out to be different?[read more]

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

March 31, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Examining the Costs of Energy Conservation

 

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

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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Efficiency

March 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Efficiency Internalized Costs

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

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Uncertainty in Grid Expansion and Grid Supply: A Case Study in Bihar, India

March 17, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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India's new government has been promising rapid extension of electricity access to every home in India. Despite these promising announcements, we observed a tremendous range of opinions about the likelihood of the promised grid extension in the state of Bihar on a recent trip to India.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

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The Bottom Line on Nuclear Energy

March 5, 2015 by David Hess
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Existing nuclear power plants are extremely valuable societal assets. Shutting them down in the absence of compelling economic or technical reasons is folly. Make no mistake. Closing well-performing nuclear plants before it is technically necessary costs society dearly.[read more]