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A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

Landmark Government Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments

April 25, 2015 by Jeff St. John

White House Report

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to approve new spending to modernize the power grid, as part of a first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review released Tuesday that highlights the major reliability, security and renewable energy integration challenges facing the country’s electricity infrastructure.[read more]

Patents Forecast Technological Change

April 24, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Predicting Technological Innovation

How fast is online learning evolving? Are wind turbines a promising investment? And how long before a cheap hoverboard makes it to market? Attempting to answer such questions requires knowing something about the rate at which a technology is improving.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

April 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New England and the Pacific Northwest have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers find smarter ways to use electricity are now saving billions of dollars every year on utility bills.[read more]

Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

April 24, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Fossil Fuels

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered electricity generation is exaggerated. But look closely; the triumph of advanced energy seems even more of a sure thing.[read more]

Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

April 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Investment in China

Apple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan province. SunPower said the projects are set to be completed by the end of this year.[read more]

Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator

April 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulators and the Clean Power Plan

There is no great disagreement that the United States energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring.[read more]

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Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller
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Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

Can EV Chargers Earn Enough Money on Grid Services to Give Them Away for Free?

April 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

EV Chargers and Infrastructure Expansion

Plugged-in electric vehicles could overload neighborhood transformers and drive up peak demand on already-stressed grids. Or, they could wield their influence in ways that brings the grid into better balance than it is today. So say companies trying to develop technology and business models around EV charging.[read more]

Increased Wind Energy Versus Increased Canadian Hydro Energy in New England

April 22, 2015 by Willem Post
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This article is to show a large quantity of hydro energy can be obtained from Canada at much less cost to the New England economy than building out wind energy. I assumed 40% of ISO-NE energy from wind, either all on shore, or half offshore and half onshore.[read more]

The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

Climate Change in UK General Election Manifestos

April 21, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change and UK Politics

Comparing manifestos for May’s United Kingdom general elections highlights important similarities as well as differences among the parties. All of the manifestos published by UK-wide parties make reference to climate change policy, but to greatly differing and telling extents.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]