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A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 8, 2016 by aweiner

Karel Beckman, Editorial Director

The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.[read more]

Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

February 6, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records in 2015

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever.[read more]

Strong Fuel Economy Standards Needed Even When Oil Prices Are Low

February 6, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Fuel Economy Standards and Oil Prices

Now that pump prices have dropped so low, automakers are once again rushing to sell the public on gas-thirsty Sport Utility Vehicles and heavy pickups and calling for a weakening of the coming historic 54.5 miles-per-gallon fuel economy standard.[read more]

BLM Tackles Waste, Methane Pollution on Federal and Tribal Lands

February 6, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Waste on Tribal Lands

In an important step forward in curbing methane emissions from the nation’s oil and gas sector, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced a regulatory proposal aimed at wasteful practices that shortchange taxpayers, squander energy resources and threaten the Earth’s climate.[read more]

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

February 5, 2016 by Dennis Wamsted
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Green Corporate Efforts and Utility Response

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own.[read more]

The Future of RPS Policies

February 5, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

Future RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies.[read more]

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

February 5, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids.[read more]

High Inventories Help Push Crude Oil Prices to Lowest Levels in 13 Years

February 5, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Inventories

Several factors have played a part in pushing U.S. crude oil prices below $30 per barrel (b), including high inventory levels of crude oil, uncertainty about global economic growth, volatility in equity and nonenergy commodity markets, and the potential for additional crude oil supply to enter the market.[read more]

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

February 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan Impacts

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.[read more]

Understanding the Clean Energy Incentive Program

February 5, 2016 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Energy Incentives and Analysis

EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation, the Clean Power Plan, won’t take effect until 2022, but planning is already well underway in states across the country. Initial state compliance plans are due in September of this year but many states will opt for an extension and submit final plans in 2018.[read more]

Preventing Future Aliso Canyon-Sized Gas Leaks: the Importance of Well Integrity

February 5, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Leaks and Well Integrity

Southern California is now in month three of one of the country’s worst environmental disasters. In October 2015, a natural gas storage well operated by SoCal Gas sprung a massive leak hundreds of feet underground, releasing nearly 1,400 tons of gas into the air each day at its peak.[read more]

Keystone Redux: TransCanada is Now Seeking An Ocean Route for its Dirty Tar Sands

February 5, 2016 by Danielle Droitsch

Tar Sands Risks

The company that eventually lost a bid to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (and has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for $15 billion for lost profits) is eyeing to get its tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast another way: by sea.[read more]

A Global Agreement on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

February 5, 2016 by Henry Auer

Paris Agreement and Greenhouse Gases

2015 was the warmest year on record, using temperatures measured over the entire year on both land and ocean surfaces. The high temperatures averaged worldwide have produced large numbers of extreme weather events, especially heat waves, over the last five years.[read more]

Virginia Legislators Look to Tax Breaks and Barrier-Busting to Boost Renewable Energy

February 5, 2016 by Ivy Main

Virginia Energy Legislation

The orchestrated mayhem of the Virginia General Assembly session is well underway. Weeks have passed and not much time remains until what’s known as “Crossover,” after which any bill that hasn’t passed its own chamber is effectively dead.[read more]

State RPSs Central to Renewable Energy Growth

February 4, 2016 by Alex Gilbert

RPSs and Energy Growth

Federal energy policy developments received a significant amount of attention in 2015: The Clean Power Plan and renewable energy tax credits dominated headlines. However, this focus on national issues tends to obscure critical actions at the local and state levels that are just as important for energy systems.[read more]