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How to Focus CFOs on Energy Management Investments

January 28, 2015 by Nick Blandford

Business Leadership and Energy Management

Nothing is more satisfying to CFOs than seeing how energy adds value to the bottom line. Most CFOs see energy as a cost, not an investment. Today, a group of energy efficiency champions emerging from within organizations are changing the mindsets of executives.[read more]

Exelon-Pepco Merger Could Hinder DC's Renewable and Efficiency Goals, Study Suggests

January 28, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Mergers and Efficiency Goals

 

Will Exelon allow its regulated utilities to rise to the distributed energy future? If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings for more than $6 billion, it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of Washington, D.C., a new analysis argues.[read more]

New Case Studies in Energy Management Show the Path from 'Why' to 'How'

January 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Management Possibilities

Business leaders have long agreed on the “why” of the process of environmental management: seeing the value of it in increased profits, reduced waste, and a smaller carbon footprint. However, the “how” has often been the stumbling block to successful achievement of this goal.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 5: Industry and Environmental Groups

January 28, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments from Interest Groups

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This final post analyzes the comments from industry and environmental groups.[read more]

Is Wall Street Overlooking NGL Price Impact on US Oil and Gas Producer Earnings?

January 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Prices and Investor Impact

When supplies of dry US natural gas swelled several years ago as companies honed their shale resource development skills, gas prices dramatically declined. This caused natural gas producers to shift drilling operations into more liquids-rich areas and adjust their production more toward oil.[read more]

Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

January 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.[read more]

Can Mammograms Teach Us Something Useful About Energy Efficiency?

January 27, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Efficiency Investment and Policy

At first blush, mammograms and energy efficiency investments appear to have nothing in common – one’s a personal, preventative health tool and the other helps you save money and energy. But I suspect they raise similar time-management issues. Let me explain.[read more]

Low Oil Prices and Fuel Subsidies: Doing Away with Really Bad Energy Policy

January 27, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Low oil prices are the talk of the day in environmental and energy circles. Some environmentalists probably despair over rising gasoline consumption, but for policymakers in emerging economies, low oil prices present an important opportunity to remove destructive and economically costly fuel subsidies.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

Did the US Kill OPEC?

"Did the US kill OPEC?" This is the question that New York Times' Eduardo Porter recently asked, referencing the Breakthrough Institute’s research, which found that 35 years of public-private investments led to the technologies that allow for the cheap extraction of natural gas and oil from shale.[read more]

Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

January 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices Won't Hurt Clean Energy

January 26, 2015 by Devashree Saha
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Green Energy and Oil Price Effects

The price of crude oil has crashed in the past few months. That’s bad for the clean energy sector, right? Actually, not necessarily. Not only do falling oil prices have limited impact on clean energy, but the latest price volatility only underscores how unstable petroleum sources remain.[read more]

Why $50 Oil Won't Last

January 26, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Oil Price Collapse Economics

I have received numerous questions about the role of a “drop in demand” in the oil price decline. These questions are driven by many stories in the media that have referenced a drop in demand. And there are two primary reasons given for this so-called demand drop.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]