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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Mature Energy Storage Technologies

June 23, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage and Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of mature energy storage technologies. 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]

Friday Energy Facts: Hydropower Supplies More than Three-Quarters of Brazil's Electric Power

June 20, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Brazil and Hydropower

Brazil is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world, trailing only China, and the country depends on hydroelectricity for more than 75% of its electric power supply. Much of Brazil's hydroelectric potential lies in the country's Amazon River basin in the north.[read more]

The Netherlands Set to Showcase Energy and Water Expertise at New York Energy Week

June 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Netherlands Water and Energy Expertise

The Netherlands is a world leader with regard to engineering water-management solutions on an industrial scale. The country was created in the delta of three large rivers that flow into the North Sea and roughly two thirds of the nation’s GDP are earned below sea level.[read more]

The Future of Energy in Turkey, Part II

June 2, 2014 by David Kroodsma
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Turkey's Energy Future

When in Istanbul, we visited the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and learned about Turkey's plan is to expand renewables, nuclear power, coal, and hydropower. In Ankara, we met with advocates and experts, and gained a fuller appreciation for Turkey's energy and climate future.[read more]

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 24, 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]