energy planning

Beyond China, Other Southeast Asian Countries Plan for Significant Hydroelectric Additions

November 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Asia and Hydro Power

China's long-terms and substantial development of hydroelectric power, including the largest power plant in the world at Three Gorges Dam, has overshadowed the relatively large hydroelectric expansion plans of other Southeast Asia countries.[read more]

How Can Zero (Net Energy) Be a Hero?

October 14, 2015 by James Bushnell

Planning for Net Zero

I am frequently asked why people seem to dislike economists so much. There are lots of reasons. One reason is the propensity of economists to complain like curmudgeons about popular ideas that seem to be embraced by everyone but make little economic sense. I’m taking this path to unpopularity.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

Injection Season is Over

December 8, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Biking in Beijing

The long-term thesis on natural gas remains the same: I am bullish. But I am more neutral now on the short-term, because inventories are near normal and I can’t predict the weather. Even so, given the same conditions that we saw in the spring, I would make the same short-term bet all over again.[read more]

The IEA's Stressful Outlook

December 8, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

For an organization established by energy-importing countries in the aftermath of an oil crisis, the recent launch of the International Energy Agency's annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) took surprisingly little satisfaction in the current dip in oil prices, and none in the difficulties it is causing for OPEC.[read more]

What Does New York's 'Energy Vision' Mean for Utility Jurisdiction and Regulators? [VIDEO]

November 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

New York's Energy Vision

Before the New York Public Service Commission’s vision of a grid operated by Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs) can become a reality, there are just a few points to hammer out -- to say the least. The issues are complex and wide open for debate.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: A Pillar of Chile's Energy Future, Part 1

March 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Earlier this week I wrote about how Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is booming and will play a key role in the future of the country’s energy mix. Another clean energy sector that is often overlooked in the country is energy efficiency.[read more]

Natural Gas, Renewables, and Energy Efficiency will Build a Sustainable Energy Future: Four Facts from the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

February 13, 2014 by Christina Nyquist

Fact and America's Energy Future

Released recently, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook joins other insightful analyses demonstrating that natural gas will continue to serve as a foundation fuel that can work alongside energy efficiency and renewable energy.[read more]

India, AAP, and the People's Energy Plan

January 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Plan

Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis to widespread anger over rampant corruption in politics the actual inevitability of India's ascent no longer seems assured.[read more]

Why a Finite World is a Problem

January 6, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Finite World Problems

A finite world is a problem because we and all of the other creatures living in this world share the same piece of “real estate.” If humans use increasingly more resources, other species necessarily use less. Even “renewable” resources are shared with other species.[read more]


Part 4: Pittsburgh, From Rust Belt Loser to Clean Energy Leader

November 6, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Pittsburgh Clean Energy

Pittsburgh is considered the quintessential rust belt city, historically focused on manufacturing, but fallen on hard times since the 1980’s. But Pittsburgh is remaking itself by leveraging its regional strengths in education and healthcare and making strategic investments in innovation capacity.[read more]

Communities Dive In: Local Planning for Energy Efficiency

March 27, 2012 by Eric Mackes

This post is the second of three on sustaining local energy efficiency efforts. The first post described trends in local implementation of energy efficiency. The next post will explore sustainable funding sources.While some local governments are still just testing the waters of energy efficiency; many others have decided to dive in...[read more]

Electricity: Ready for Centre Stage (Part 4 – Priorities for Government and Industry)

March 4, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

In Parts 1-3 of this series, we looked at electricity’s modern revolution and how it will set traditional concerns aside as out of date, and in so doing will bring five timely and relevant new priorities to the fore for governments and industry to address. We’ll look now at the first of these priorities, as I see them… (...[read more]