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Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2014

December 26, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy in 2014

2014 was a big year for advanced energy. Prices for advanced energy generation technologies kept dropping, employment kept growing, and the industry opened new avenues of expansion. Plus, several key policy changes contributed to the rapid growth an already-expansive sector.[read more]

Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

December 26, 2014 by David Hone
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Carbon Capture and the Future

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! How dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS![read more]

From Court Battles to International Expansion, a Look at the State of Demand Response

December 25, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Last December, we got it right when forecasting demand response trends for this year, but we did not foresee one major hit to the market: the decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate FERC Order 745. This year, we'll look at what mattered this year and how those factors will carry over into next year.[read more]

Can Electric Vehicles Be 'Environmental Villains'?

December 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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EVs and the Environment

Researchers found in a new study assessing the life cycle air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles “that electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality."[read more]

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Solar Panel Maintenance Poses Unforeseen Challenge in Developing World Electrification

December 24, 2014 by Adam Hashian
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Solar Panel Maintenance in the Developing World

It would be an affordable and practical solution for new electrical generation installations in developing nations to be fueled by low-carbon sources. But there are many challenges with solar electrification, including installation and maintenance, infrastructure, and financing.[read more]

Untapped Incentives for Energy Efficiency Projects

December 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Project Incentives and Support

As an EDF Climate Corps fellow back in 2013, one task that was of particular interest to me was figuring out how to help my host organization fund, in whole or in part, its efficiency upgrades. In my research, the most unique funding source I found was the energy efficiency forward capacity market.[read more]

Lima COP Negotiations Recap: Interesting Implications for the CDR Field

December 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

COP and CDR

On the bright side of the COP 20 outcome, some commentators are still more optimistic than ever that a meaningful deal will be reached in the next COP negotiations in Paris in 2015. This optimism springs from a proposed plan to have individual nations to develop their own emission-reduction commitments.[read more]

India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman
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India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

Nearly $1 Billion Available for PACE Projects in 2014

December 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

PACE Project Funding

PACE programs for both residential and commercial sectors are booming in 2014, with much more growth to come in 2015. California has completed about $500 million in residential PACE projects for around 25,000 homes, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes the PACE concept.[read more]

Energy Predictions: Five for Five in 2014

December 23, 2014 by Robert Rapier

As the year expires and the new year arrives, there are several topics I like to cover in a series of articles. One is to review the top energy stories of the year. Another is to grade my predictions for the year. And finally, I lay out my predictions for the upcoming year.[read more]

Did OPIC Just Finish A Watershed Beyond The Grid Solar Deal?

December 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar and OPIC

2014 was a breakout year for beyond the grid clean energy investment with at least $64 million invested. But the debt needed to scale successful companies is still all but absent. Which means whomever unlocks this debt unlocks scale, and that means powering hundreds of millions of lives.[read more]

US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says EIA

December 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The US must spend $2.1 trillion for 30 years to modernize the grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to the IEA. While the country’s “energy policy landscape has changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals.[read more]

How Much Renewable Natural Gas Can Be Produced?

December 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Renewable Natural Gas Production Levels

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is methane produced from biomass that is cleaned to pipeline quality standards and blended with fossil natural gas. RNG, also known as biomethane, is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to fossil natural gas allowing it to be blended without restriction.[read more]

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The Year Ahead: 2015 Trends in Cleantech

December 22, 2014 by Jason Brown

Looking Forward in Cleantech

As we reach the end of 2014, our thoughts naturally turn to what 2015 might bring. In the cleantech industry, in particular, there exists a lot of questions regarding the future year. So here is a look forward at potential trends in the cleantech industry in 2015 from a selection of industry experts.[read more]

Galvanize Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. Clean Energy

December 22, 2014 by Devashree Saha

Cleantech and Foreign Support

The United States has made great strides in developing its clean energy sector. Clean energy investment reached $36.7 billion in 2013, increasing by nearly 250 percent since 2004. Despite the gains, the United States will need to continue investing. Where will this investment come from?[read more]