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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Coal

April 15, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Coal Cost Consensus

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of coal. 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]

IPCC Double Standards on Energy Barriers

April 15, 2014 by Barry Brook
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IPCC and Consistency

The IPCC have released statements regarding their Working Group III report for AR5, on mitigation, with the full report to be released on April 15th. Recently, a colleague pointed out to me what appears to be double standard in how IPCC depicts problems with nuclear versus renewable energy.[read more]

Revisiting Kaya

April 15, 2014 by David Hone
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Emissions Mitigation

Today we see a huge focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency as solutions for reducing CO2 emissions and therefore addressing the climate issue. Yet such a strategy may not deliver the outcome people expect and might even add to the problem, particularly in the case of efficiency.[read more]

Solar Energy, Sky Cameras, and Hard Math: A New Way to Integrate PV on the Grid

April 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Sky Cameras and the Grid

Insanely complex math, and never enough data -- that’s the conundrum in trying to model the ebb and flow of solar power and energy storage on the grid edge. Large-scale transmission systems are well modeled. But the majority of the grid below the substation provides little to work with.[read more]

What is the Greenest Source of Electricity?

April 14, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Greenest Electricity

Earlier this week the new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated President Hollande’s plan to cut French dependence on atomic power to half of all output by 2025, down from almost 75% currently. The plan is to curtail nuclear and ramp up renewables.[read more]

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap, But Only If We Act Now

April 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Mitigation

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This most recent one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.”[read more]

A Concept for Optimizing Strategic Energy Infrastructure?

April 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Optimal Energy Infrastructure

A timely new report published by the World Economic Forum in April 2014 titled “Strategic Infrastructure Steps to Operate and Maintain Infrastructure Efficiently and Effectively” addresses an important area for necessary investment globally: infrastructure.[read more]

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The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

April 14, 2014 by Reid Capalino

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics.[read more]

Oil Limits and Climate Change: How They Fit Together

April 14, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Climate Change and Oil

We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same time, oil is reaching limits, and this has an effect as well. How do the two issues fit together?[read more]

Catalyzing the Climate Change Conversation with Eye-Catching Headlines

April 14, 2014 by Jenny Tang

The latest IPCC report has been covered by US and international media, and in the major media the story has achieved powerful headlines. Thus, the intensity of the media coverage begs the question – what has changed? Why has this report gained so much traction where previous reports failed?[read more]

New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

April 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The California Technical Forum (Cal TF) will be comprised of experts who use independent professional judgment and a transparent process to develop and review energy-savings estimates related to California’s energy efficiency programs, policies, and energy resource plans.[read more]

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

April 13, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet.[read more]

Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously'

April 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Series on Showtime

Showtime has posted online the entire video of Episode 1 of its visually and emotionally gripping documentary series event, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The landmark 9-part series is produced by the legendary James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub.[read more]

Tight Oil-Driven Production Growth Reduces Need for US Oil Imports

April 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Production and Import Changes

In the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, crude oil production rises from 6.5 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in 2012 to 9.6 MMbbl/d before 2020, a production level not seen since 1970. Tight oil production growth accounts for 81% of this increase.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Half of Power Plant Capacity Additions in 2013 Came From Natural Gas

April 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Power Plant Capacity Additions

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California.[read more]