Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization

February 11, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

State Grid Grades

The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.[read more]

An Illustrated Guide to the State of America's Clean Energy Sector

February 9, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Clean Energy Sector Status Report

There are hundreds of statistics outlined in the Bloomberg New Energy Finance's sustainable energy fact book that was released this week. In this post is a collection of data points from the report that provide insight into how each sector fared in 2014.[read more]

Texas Comptroller's New Report Should Not Play Favorites

October 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Report

The Texas Comptroller decided to come out swinging against renewable energy, specifically wind, in a report entitled Texas Power Challenge: Getting the Most From Your Energy Dollars. It would be easier to take this report seriously if it applied the same pressure and scrutiny to the oil, gas, and coal industries.[read more]

Recommended Beach Reading on the Water and Energy Nexus

July 1, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

It’s almost the fourth of July, and that means a holiday with time to read. Two interesting reports were released in June, and while not the typical frothy-light paperback novel genre, they are good reading for the beach. Spoiler alert: both reports conclude that your beach won’t be there in a couple of decades.[read more]

Texas 'Fracking Contamination' Report Is an Embarrassing Media Blunder

June 12, 2014 by Steve Everley

A news report from WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth alleges that recent tests “prove” fracking is to blame for methane in a resident’s drinking water aquifer. But the report does nothing to contradict the information showing that shale gas development is unrelated to the methane found in the groundwater.[read more]

What Are the Best Solar Cities in America?

April 30, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Best Solar Cities

Who’s the most solar of them all? When it comes to U.S. cities, more than one can lay claim to the title, depending on how you slice it. The release of a report on solar cities had several proudly proclaiming their solar contributions. The truth is, the more solar we install in our cities, the more we all win.[read more]

New Report: 7 Million People Died from Air Pollution in 2012

March 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. Unfortunately, this updated science indicates that air pollution problems worldwide are even worse than we previously thought.[read more]

French Report Misstates Role of Shale Gas in Reducing US Carbon Emissions

March 15, 2014 by Steve Everley

French Report and Shale Gas

A recent policy brief published by the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) examined the impact of United States shale gas on the American economy, including potential implications for the European Union.[read more]

Black and Veach on the Future Cost of Energy

October 25, 2013 by Charles Barton

I recently called attention to Breakthrough Institute's report, How to Make Nuclear Power Cheap. This report called attention to the potential use of advanced nuclear technology to lower and even dramatically lower nuclear costs.[read more]

Energy Finance: Reduce Risk, Increase Clean Energy

August 9, 2013 by Lewis Milford

The Clean Energy and Bond Finance Initiative released a paper about state and city level innovations in clean energy finance, especially the new creative uses of bonds to support clean energy. It makes a simple point: to make the old new again is the future of clean energy finance.[read more]

Concentrated Solar Power’s Question Of Scale: Why Bigger Is Not Better

May 5, 2011 by Bea Gonzalez

In a bid to identify the tipping point between scale and cost efficiency, the latest report from CSP Today, ‘CSP Parabolic Trough Report: Costs and Performance’, challenges the conventional wisdom on scale and cost.Scaling up plant size is often cited as the concentrated solar power sector’s silver bullet for lowering costs. The theory...[read more]

Ontario Making Strong Progress On Smartgrid Development

May 4, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

The Ontario Smart Grid Forum, a group led by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator, released today its latest report on smart grid development. The report, titled “Modernizing Ontario’s Electricity System: Next Steps,” documents progress that has been made since the Forum’s first report two years ago and the many...[read more]

Bending the curve

November 23, 2010 by Gernot Wagner

Cutting emissions is about creating opportunities for new, clean energy sources, not about crashing economies. The Great Recession saw a crash with the most severe consequences for employment and other measures of economic output since the Great Depression. Emissions responded in kind. Pierre Friedlingstein and a slew of co-authors...[read more]

Economic Doctrines and Climate Change

October 29, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

Last week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released an important new report that explores the ideological origins of different policy responses to climate change, and helps clarify why there has been a lack of consensus (and lack of progress), on tackling climate change or nearly two decades. The report, "...[read more]

Doc alert: Joint Operating Environment 2010

April 16, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

The Joint Operating Environment 2010 report from the US Joint Forces Command has been getting a lot of attention from many of the climate change and peak oil blogs the last couple of days, and with good reason. It discusses, from a US security perspective, many issues and trends, including globalization, demographics, energy, food, and...[read more]