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Non-Hydro Renewables Generate More Electricity Than Conventional Hydro for First Time

May 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables Growth and Change

Historically large-hydro renewable sources like large dams have contributed most electrical generation from the combined renewable sources including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. But the tide may be turning on the growing renewable energy mix.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Hydro

May 27, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Consensus on Costs of Hydro

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of hydropower. 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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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

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Primetime Debate: Will an Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Supergrid Solve China's Air Pollution Crisis?

April 23, 2014 by Michael Davidson
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China Pollution Crisis and Solutions

It’s hard to imagine coverage of electricity transmission policy here in the U.S. The contrast with Chinese television’s treatment of these issues shows how public concerns over air pollution and renewables are being injected into a decade-old discussion on the relationship between the grid and the state.[read more]

Global Warming: It Ought to Be Illegal

March 28, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Global Warming Effects

The recent MIT article, 'How the ocean reins in global warming,' points out how burying atmospheric heat deep in the ocean delays long-term global warming. Can we be anything but criminally negligent for not acting on this readily apparent knowledge?[read more]

Water-Energy Nexus Critical to Future Water Policy

March 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Water-Energy Nexus

On March 22 in Tokyo, UN-Water will release its World Water Development Report in conjunction with its annual World Water Day 2014 celebrations. This annual event is meant to raise awareness for water – indispensable for human life on earth. This year’s theme is “Water & Energy”.[read more]

Powering Myanmar: The Tricky Tale of Natural Gas, Hydro, Protests, and Foreign Investment

March 19, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Powering Myanmar

Last November, residents of the new, more democratic Myanmar took to the streets. In Yangon – the most highly electrified city in the country – protestors were angry about the government’s plans to raise electricity prices. The protests were illegal since the participants lacked government permits.[read more]

Why the Cool Kids are Flocking to Energy and Not Water Economics

March 11, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Energy economics has attracted a lot of new bright minds both young and not so young. The reason for it is simple: It’s an important topic. What really surprises me is that the field of water economics has not experienced the same kind of influx.[read more]

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Spilled Wind: An Update on China's Wind Integration Challenges

March 4, 2014 by Michael Davidson

Chinesse Wind Energy and Problems

 

According to tallies by the National Energy Administration, China added 14 gigawatts of grid-connected wind power capacity in 2013, the fifth consecutive year with installs of over 10 GW. Estimates of wind curtailment in 2013 show improvements over 2012, but the problem is far from solved.[read more]

Can Solar Energy Fill the Hydropower Gap During California's Drought?

March 3, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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After reading an article in the San Jose Mercury with the unwieldy title, “Drought threatens California’s hydroelectricity supply, but solar makes up the gap” I was intrigued enough to do a little fact-checking on state-level electricity statistics.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus: A New Project on the Energy Collective

February 25, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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A New Project on TEC!

"Seeking Consensus" is a new column on TEC which aims to objectively quantify the relative attractiveness of the wide range of energy options available to us. Participation from the community is very important, and this first post therefore asks for community feedback on the structure of this project.[read more]

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy

February 12, 2014 by Willem Post
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In September 2010, the German government announced a new energy policy with the target of increasing the relative share of renewable energy in gross electrical generation to 35% by 2020, 50% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 80% by 2050.[read more]

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China's Electricity Sector at a Glance: 2013

February 3, 2014 by Michael Davidson
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China's Electricity Sector

It is quite a challenge to pin down an electricity system that has grown 10.8 percent annually over the last decade, doubled power generation in just 7 years and added 80-90 gigawatts (GW) – the equivalent of the United Kingdom’s entire generating capacity –every year.[read more]

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#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

January 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Obama's State of the Union

 

Last night, the President gave his State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of his previous five speeches and this year was no different.[read more]

Coal, Renewables, and China: Headlines and Bottom Lines

January 27, 2014 by Armond Cohen
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Coal, Renewables, and China

The new year brought some deserved celebration of the advance of renewable energy in China, as the government announced nearly 8 Gigawatts of wind power additions and 3.6 Gigawatts of new solar installed during 2013. But it is important to keep this laudable progress in perspective.[read more]