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A New Approach to Valuing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources

September 30, 2014 by Ryan Katofsky

Distributed Energy Resources

For "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) program to be successful, utility regulators need a new framework for benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to accurately assess the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and to compare it to traditional solutions.[read more]

Latest EIA Report Shows Marked Increase in U.S. CO2 Emissions

September 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

U.S. Emissions Growth

As the World Meteorological Organization recently reported, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have risen to record levels. In line with this report is the latest Monthly Energy Review from the U.S. Energy Information Administration finding that U.S. CO2 emissions have reversed their downward trend.[read more]

How a Top Liberal State Is Creating an Electricity Market That Conservatives Should Love

September 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had. The market has no explicit technology mandates that require utilities or individuals to "pick winners and losers." It simply sets some basic rules.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

The Politics of Distributed Generation

September 29, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Properly understood, and properly represented, wealthier and better informed consumers are using distributed solar and behind the meter storage to do what they have been trying to do for years with other technologies: use electricity more efficiently and reduce their energy costs.[read more]

Sustainability and the Concept of a 'Circular Economy'

September 29, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Circularity

In an article for the World Economic Forum blog, Leo Schlesinger makes the argument for a regenerative ‘circular economy’. This concept would basically embed sustainability firmly within society and effectively restore much of the life-supporting biosphere for our generation and future generations as well.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

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Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

Creating an Integrated Grid: Regulators, Legislators Can Help

September 28, 2014 by Chris King
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Grid Integration and Regulation

Integrating more distributed power generation and energy storage can help make a grid more flexible, resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. But in the U.S., there's a catch -- so far, utilities here are effectively barred from owning generation and storage assets at the distribution level.[read more]

Solar in Texas: It's Really Happening this Time (Really)

September 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and Solar

Every year, it seems, is predicted to be the “year for solar,” and for certain states this may ring true. But in Texas, despite having a close relationship with the sun and its heat (2011 gave us 100 days over 100 degrees and no rain), we have yet to realize our potential for solar energy development.[read more]

Protecting Us Abroad, Ensuring Energy Independence at Home

September 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Military and Renewable Energy

Meet one of solar energy’s top advocates: the United States military. Whether it’s on an Air Force base in Arizona or at a U.S. Marine outpost in Afghanistan, many service members know that energy security is critical to our safety abroad and energy independence at home.[read more]

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Sprouting Sustainable Buildings Across the Emirates: Green Construction and Building Regulations

September 26, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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Green Buildings

Sustainable construction was first embraced in the UAE by Abu Dhabi, with the creation of a building and design methodology platform in 2010 known as Estidama, to promote the core sustainability principles of the Abu Dhabi 2030 master plan.[read more]

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Virginia Utilities Pull Out of Collaboration Working on a Method to Value Solar Energy

September 26, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Utilities and Solar Valuation

"It looks like the utilities didn't like what the study is finding, and they are hoping that walking out of the room will make it go away,” said Ivy Main, a prominent blogger about clean energy in Virginia and a participant in the Small Solar Working Group.[read more]

The Gathering Storm: U.S. Must Lead Action on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

We face a threat from climate disruption. And the U.S. must lead to a clean energy future and a healthier world. Or else the longer heat waves, prolonged drought, crop failures, rising seas, increased wildfires and floods, and natural systems crashing will create profoundly destabilizing effects.[read more]

European Nations are Increasing Electricity Generation Using No-Carbon Sources

September 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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European Energy Generation

Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with nuclear generation, mean that many European countries generate a large share of their electricity from no-carbon sources.[read more]