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A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 12, 2016 by aweiner

Karel Beckman, Editorial Director

The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.[read more]

The Energy Gang Debate: Should Utilities Be Allowed to Own Rooftop Solar? [PODCAST]

June 2, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities and Solar Ownership

Whether the solar energy industry likes it or not, more regulated utilities in America are going to propose the idea and policy of owning residential PV systems themselves. It is a very controversial development in the renewable energy industry.[read more]


Top 14 Energy Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Top Energy Stories of the Year

From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany's energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.[read more]


InsideClimate News Responds to Steve Everley of Energy in Depth

July 31, 2014 by InsideClimate News

Responding to Energy in Depth

The ploy by Energy in Depth and other industry public relations professionals to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the "anti-fracking industry" is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions.[read more]


Jesse Jenkins Leading the Charge for The Energy Collective

March 7, 2013 by Robin Carey

Jesse Jenkins, Featured Writer and Digital Strategist, The Energy Collective

It is with great pleasure that I announce today that Jesse Jenkins, a member of our blogger advisory board, a long-time friend of The Energy Collective and one of the smartest people I know when it comes to energy policy, will be taking on the role of Featured Writer and Digital Community Strategist.[read more]


An Apology to our Members

September 25, 2012 by Robin Carey

Early Sunday morning, we published a post about energy efficiency from one of our most valued contributors that discussed the regional differences in attitudes towards efficiency.  The moderator who reviewed and published this post mistakenly believed that because of its allusion to southern states, the post could be improved by...[read more]

TODAY- 3pm EST- FREE WEBINAR: Post Fukushima Nuclear Policy

June 21, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Live Webcast June 29, 3 PM ET / 12 PM PTFollowing the earthquake and tsunamis that tragically impacted Japan in March, the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has captured public attention for months. Energy experts are now questioning the long term impact of the Fukushima disaster on nuclear policy, international...[read more]

Phasing out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Will Help, But Only Innovation Can Make Clean Energy Cheap

November 10, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

By Jesse Jenkins, originally at the Breakthrough InstituteOver at, Tyler Hamilton dives into the International Energy Agency's newly released forecast of global energy trends (exec sum here [pdf]) focusing on the disparity in global subsidies for renewables and fossil fuels:The International Energy Agency put out...[read more]

Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act

May 14, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

I've been away this week and am just starting to catch up on the news. Thanks to our friends at The Green Energy Reporter for pointing me to Brad Johnson's analysis of the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act from Think Progress/The Wonk Room: A First Look At The Details Of The Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act The side-by-side...[read more]

AUDIO: The Energy Collective Webcast on the Senate Climate and Energy Bill

May 7, 2010 by Rebecca Lutzy

Yesterday, The Energy Collective hosted a unique, in-depth discussion about the Senate climate and energy bill that Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman had planned to release on April 26, but has been on-hold, with upheaval from Senator Graham's defection on April 24 over immigration reform.  LISTEN TO THE WEBCAST AUDIO HERE The...[read more]

Climate Legislation in the US Senate: Will Obama Get a Bill in 2010?

April 28, 2010 by Rebecca Lutzy

May 6, 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT Register Here Free Live Webcast Featuring Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Energy Collective Featured Bloggers Marc Gunther and Jesse Jenkins In the wake of significant upheaval over the climate and energy bill that Kerry, Graham...[read more]

Happy Earth Day from The Energy Collective

April 23, 2010 by Rebecca Lutzy

As the thoughtful posts streaming into The Energy Collective remind me, Earth Day is a nice opportunity to reflect and take stock. Since Earth Day '09, The Energy Collective has greatly expanded our readership and coverage of energy, climate, and environment news and opinion, featuring the best bloggers in one virtual community. ...[read more]

Another Response to the DARPA Claim

February 19, 2010 by Robert Rapier

Many of my essays here are reprinted at The Energy Collective. Following a reprint of my recent essay examining DARPA's extraordinary claim on the cost of algal fuel, a reader named Durwood Dugger (this gentleman, I presume) posted some very interesting comments that are worth reproducing here. His original comment can be found here...[read more]

More "Little Guys" Rallying The Troops for Natural Gas

September 27, 2009 by Rod Adams

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the interesting way that National Public Radio (NPR) produced a three part feature piece on natural gas that portrayed the extraction businesses involved in natural gas as powerless "little guys". That blog post, like all Atomic Insights blog posts, was republished at The Energy Collective, where it...[read more]

Climate Legislation in the U.S. Senate: Join us for an exclusive, live TEC discussion on September 30

September 16, 2009 by Rebecca Lutzy

Climate Legislation in the U.S. Senate:Will there Be a Bill this Year?  What Will it Look Like?Live Webcast September 30, 1 PM EST / 10 AM PSTKey U.S. CEOs and world leaders are urging the Obama Administration not to go empty-handed to the UNFCCC Conference in Copenhagen this December. All eyes are on the President, who will address...[read more]