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Sustainability

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

President Obama Says Global Warming Harms U.S. National Security

May 28, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Barack Obama addressed the graduating class at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 20, 2015. A major theme in his remarks was that the worldwide effects of global warming negatively impact the security of the United States in its military preparedness and military operations.[read more]

Under Clean Power Plan, Natural Gas, then Renewables, Gain Generation Share

May 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Clean Power Plan

The Energy Information Administration's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.[read more]

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

May 28, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Gazprom Risk

A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report: The Fossil Fuel Energy Sector” shows that energy companies emitted 31 per cent of total GHG emissions globally from their operations as well as the use of the products further down the value chain on an annual basis.[read more]

What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

May 27, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Solar in California

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations. In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader? Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other states that can compete on that dimension.[read more]

The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]

Wants Versus Needs: The Struggle to Realize New York's Energy Vision

May 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

In 2009, National Grid chose ABB for a SCADA/EMS system that would allow for more modern and integrated visibility into its electric transmission and distribution networks in Massachusetts and New York. Earlier this year, the system went into service.[read more]

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Internalized Costs of Storage Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

May 26, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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And now, the results ...

This article summarizes the findings on the internalized costs of various energy storage technologies. The selected technologies include such things as pumped hydro, compressed air, synfuels, and various battery technologies (lead-acid, Li-ion and flow).[read more]

Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

May 26, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Clean Energy Capacity

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets. The report offers encouraging data on supplies and investments. But by cherry-picking their case studies and making strange analytical conclusions, Pew paints a selective and flawed picture of electrification in poor countries.[read more]

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

May 26, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Employment

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014.[read more]

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman
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Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]

UN Sustainable Energy Goals Falling "Substantially Short"

May 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Transition and Developing Economies

Although renewable energy is the fastest-growing portion of new electricity generation in many countries, its rate of growth is still not fast enough to meet the UN goals and unseat legacy sources of generation, primarily coal.[read more]

Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[read more]