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A World of Wireless Energy

October 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Wireless Energy Innovation

If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor.[read more]

New York Green Bank's First Deals Underscore State's Commitment to Clean Energy Future

October 30, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Green Bank's First Deals

Clean energy finance is thriving in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced the New York Green Bank’s first set of deals, totaling an impressive $800 million in clean energy investmens. The projects funded by this investment will yield an impressive annual reduction of 575,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

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Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

October 30, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Advocacy and Utility Challenges

 

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the waters in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

October 30, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Clean Energy Policy

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That's the finding of a report which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive.[read more]

Are Loan Guarantees the Right Answer for Catalyzing Development of CDR Solutions?

October 29, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Loan Guarantees and Carbon Reduction

The USDA recently announced a $91M loan guarantee for Cool Planet’s biofuel and biochar facility in Louisiana. Loan guarantees from the US government are a critical way for early stage companies to reduce their cost of capital for capital-intensive projects.[read more]

Is Renewable Energy Less Effective Than Energy Efficiency at Reducing CO2 Emissions?

October 29, 2014 by Willem Post
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The policies to implement worldwide renewable energy build-outs are, as of yet, far from sufficient to reduce global CO2 emissions. At the same time, I believe these policies are yielding significant adverse results regarding economic competitiveness.[read more]

Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why

October 29, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Flexible Pollution Rules

Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants.[read more]

Want Green Power? Try Community Choice Aggregation

October 29, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or municipal aggregation, is defined as an energy policy that can promote distributed and/or renewables generation through community-based contracts with electricity suppliers. The community acts as an aggregator, and residents within it are automatically part of that CCA.[read more]

How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

October 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic.[read more]

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

October 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.[read more]

Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even with Rebound?

October 28, 2014 by Gernot Wagner
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Efficiency and the Rebound Effect

Lighting is highly critical to our livelihoods. Humans have been using lighting technology since long before the advent of industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat.[read more]

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

October 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Development and Investment

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA.[read more]

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

'2030 Climate and Energy Package Vital to EU's Energy Security' Stresses European Commission [VIDEO]

October 28, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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EU Energy and Climate Planning

 

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security.[read more]