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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]

Water and the Future of Energy

January 20, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster areas” due to drought.[read more]

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Top Washington D.C. Clean Energy Policy Stories from 2013

December 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Top Clean Energy Policy Stories

U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s desk.[read more]

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The Case for ARPA-E: The Government's Role in Bridging the Valley of Death

November 11, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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ARPA-E and Government Investment

 

This year Congress has sought to slash the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, with Congress proposing cuts of over 80%. ARPA-E has embarked on several rounds of successful funding for breakthrough clean energy tech, helping companies bridge market barriers.[read more]

Global Hydropower Set To Exceed $75 Billion Through To 2020

October 20, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Global Hydropower

A new report recently published by analyst firm GlobalData has predicted that global cumulative hydropower installed capacity is expected to increase from 1,064 GW last year to 1,407 GW in 2020, and reach total investment of $75 billion.[read more]

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Transforming China's Grid: Sustaining the Renewable Energy Push

September 24, 2013 by Michael Davidson
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Renewables in China

China's deployment of renewable electricity generation is truly unprecedented. But facing the challenges of inefficient deployment and huge projected costs to support expected growth, what has worked in the past may not in fact be sustainable.[read more]

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Hydro and Ocean Power: Untapped Renewable Resources? [WEBCAST]

September 21, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Hydropower is an efficient, predictable, and affordable source of energy that produces no greenhouse gases and already generates a fifth of the world's electricity - but is it an overlooked tool in the effort to meet the world's growing energy needs sustainably?[read more]

Energy Projects Seem Less Urgent in A Post-Energy-Crisis World

September 17, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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Post-Energy-Crisis World

 

To someone living in 1974, the idea of mass protests to block a pipeline for importing oil would have seemed incomprehensible. Yet the current opposition to so many different energy projects can also be viewed as a consequence of recent energy successes on a broad front.[read more]