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What Might the Future Look Like if We Took Climate Change Seriously?

December 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Climate Change and Deep Decarbonization

A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with known technologies.[read more]

Turbulent Times Call for Insulated Investments: Interview with Steven Salz

December 27, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Investment and Volatility

Steven Salz is an event-driven and special situations analyst at M Partners. Before joining M Partners he worked in a generalist equity research role at a major Canadian bank, in its internal retail asset management group. Prior to that Salz worked as a private Canadian defense contractor.[read more]

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings and Job Growth in North Carolina

December 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Savings and Job Growh

Rapid declines in the price of light emitting diodes (LED) technology suggest that the next generation of energy efficient lighting – LED bulbs – is on the verge of widespread adoption. LED bulbs will eventually make traditional, energy-hogging incandescent bulbs a thing of the past.[read more]

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]

Power Sector Employment Declines, Except for Renewable Electricity Generators

December 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Changes in Energy Sector Employment

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.[read more]

Good Energy Reading for the Beach?

December 25, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Beach Reading

Here are a couple books I’ve come across or that colleagues have recommended. Any thoughts, loyal blog readers? If you’ve read these books, which would you recommend? Any others to add to the list?[read more]

Texas Grid Regulator Cites Very Little Burden in Complying with EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 25, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and the Clean Power Plan

Well, it didn’t take long before the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released, at the request of Texas’ very political Public Utilities Commission, another report about the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules designed to protect public health.[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]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Approaching an Oil Price Floor

December 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse

It appears the largest oil price decline since the 2008 economic and financial crises could be reaching a bottom. Maybe. Benchmark global oil futures prices rebounded recently partially due to comments made by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that appear to have, at least temporarily, calmed the market.[read more]