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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]

A Cleaner Future For China Lays Ahead

September 6, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Coal’s dominant share of China’s power capacity is set to be slowly eroded over the next twenty years, thanks primarily to the growth of the country’s renewable sector, in particular large hydro, which is set to account for more than half of new power plants before 2030.[read more]

Energy Innovation: US Could Tap Into 1400 Terawatt Hours Of Clean Ocean Power

August 31, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Ocean Power

As the United States offshore wind energy industry slowly (very slowly) cranks up to speed, let’s not forget that US coastal waters also represent a huge, as-yet-untapped energy resource in the form of waves, tides, and currents.[read more]

New Hydro Energy Laws Could Add 60 GW Of Clean Energy To U.S. Grid

August 20, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Hydro Energy Facility

The one thing everyone working on energy issues in America can agree upon is non-existent energy policy action at the national level. But last week President Obama signed two bills that could boost US renewables generation from an unlikely source: small hydropower.[read more]

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Renewable Energy in Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 11, 2013 by Matthieu Tanguay-Carel
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global energy supplies

This infographic looks at our portfolio of renewables and offers an overview of the share of renewables in the energy supply, country by country.[read more]

Climate Change and Driving the Hydrogen Highway

June 8, 2013 by Jim Baird
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a new interstate?

According to the Energy Information Administration, transportation (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, etc.) accounts for about 2/3 of the oil used in the United States. The Hydrogen Highway would supplant this usage.[read more]

Climate Change: US Drought More Costly Than Hurricane Sandy?

June 1, 2013 by Jim Baird
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drought on the horizon?

The current drought pattern may be the costliest U.S. natural disaster of 2012 and 2013. Its damage estimates could be near $200 billion, making it the country’s costliest natural disaster – even more costly than Hurricane Sandy.[read more]

Forests Fuel Brazilian Hydropower

May 31, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Belo Monte dam

In Brazil, hydropower is king. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a whopping 79 percent of Brazil’s electricity came from hydropower in 2010.[read more]

Ernest Moniz on Natural Gas and “Forgotten Renewables”

May 29, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Moniz discusses natural gas boom/DOE

Moniz sees natural gas not as a permanent fixture in the U.S. energy landscape but merely as a temporary “bridge” to a globally competitive, low carbon future that is well within our grasp.[read more]

Energy in China: Construction of Biggest Hydropower Dam Yet to Come

May 20, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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hydropower in China

Reuters reports that China’s environmental ministry has okayed the construction of a new hydroelectric dam on the Dadu River in the Sichuan province, which when completed will be the country’s largest.[read more]

Amazon's Belo Monte Mega Dam: Saga and Controversy Continues

May 18, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini
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Belo Monte controversies continue

The latest installment of the saga has been the expulsion of journalists from the site where they would cover the latest protest by indigenous activists who have brought the building of the dam to a halt.[read more]

Climate Change Effects May Reduce Hydropower Efficiency

May 16, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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rendering of Belo Monte Dam

Large hydropower projects are the bedrock of clean energy production, by virtue of their sheer size and reliance upon natural rainfall. But climate change's effects on rain patterns could affect new hydropower projects.[read more]

Clean Energy for NYC? $2.2 Billion Electric Pipeline Gets State Approval

April 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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clean energy for NYC?

The pipeline will transfer one gigawatt, or 1000 megawatts, across the border to assist in providing electricity for the Big Apple. This project represents a sizable 10% increase in electric capacity for the New York City region.[read more]