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Can New Hybrid Models Make Up for Slowing Growth in Traditional Demand Response?

October 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hybrid Models and Demand Response

The previously growing demand response market in the United States took a hit in May when an appeals court ruled against a federal order requiring grid operators to pay wholesale prices for demand reductions bid into the system in real time.[read more]

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Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller

Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

SaskPower Unveils First Commercial-Scale, Coal-Fired Power Plant to Capture Carbon

October 1, 2014 by Doug Vine

Carbon Capture Implementation

For perhaps the first time ever, a large-scale, coal-fired power plant is capturing carbon dioxide in order to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere, which could be a milestone for a technology that will most likely be critical to addressing climate change.[read more]

How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

October 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Energy Absorber Tech

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the sun — but not much of the rest of the spectrum.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We are Still Assessing the Outcome of the Attack on the Refineries'

October 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Conflict, Funding Sources, and Oil

The US military partnered with Saudi Arabia and the UAE on air strikes that bombed 12 “teapot” refineries in eastern Syria reportedly used as part of ISIS’ underground oil operations. These small modular refineries are major sources of funding for the extremists.[read more]

Rationalizing California's Residential Electricity Rates

September 30, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Home Electricity Rates

California is talking seriously about changing the way utilities price electricity for residential customers. As a result of recent legislative actions, the CPUC now has some flexibility to modify the extreme increasing-block pricing schedules that were adopted after California’s 2000-01 electricity crisis.[read more]

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Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman
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Markets and the Grid

Across the Midwest and Eastern US and into Canada, the extreme weather events of 2014’s winter tested the regional energy markets in unprecedented ways. Successive polar vortexes swept cold over North America and pushed energy prices to record highs.[read more]

Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Energy

September 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo, just sent out a release revealing that the conflict over solar valuation has escalated to the point of requiring a decision from the IRS.[read more]

Companies are Part of the Equation to Address Climate Change

September 30, 2014 by Bob Perciasepe
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In recent years, many companies have acknowledged the risks of climate change and worked to improve their energy efficiency and sustainability. Recently, companies announced new efforts to fund clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and support a price on carbon.[read more]

Information and Efficiency: Is Data A Painkiller?

September 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Can data kill your pain? Los Angeles is hoping it will, at least where some data sources are concerned. Back in May, the city launched a new DataLA site that features data downloads on topics such as crime statistics and budget information, as well as easy to understand visualizations of key metrics.[read more]

A New Approach to Valuing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources

September 30, 2014 by Ryan Katofsky

Distributed Energy Resources

For "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) program to be successful, utility regulators need a new framework for benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to accurately assess the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and to compare it to traditional solutions.[read more]

How a Top Liberal State Is Creating an Electricity Market That Conservatives Should Love

September 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had. The market has no explicit technology mandates that require utilities or individuals to "pick winners and losers." It simply sets some basic rules.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

Sustainability and the Concept of a 'Circular Economy'

September 29, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Circularity

In an article for the World Economic Forum blog, Leo Schlesinger makes the argument for a regenerative ‘circular economy’. This concept would basically embed sustainability firmly within society and effectively restore much of the life-supporting biosphere for our generation and future generations as well.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]