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State Level Methane Taxes: Economic and Environmental Benefit

March 4, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge

While federal greenhouse gas taxes remain elusive, localized benefits make state-based methane taxes politically feasible. A methane tax would also be more comprehensive, efficient and effective than technology standards like that imposed by Colorado.[read more]

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New York Lays Foundation for Electricity Regulation Reform

March 4, 2015 by Max Luke

Last Thursday, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a landmark order that signaled that the State’s push to revolutionize its electric power sector is gaining steam. The order is part of an ambitious initiative known as “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), a regulatory proceeding that began in April 2014.[read more]

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$43 Billion: Current and Rising Cost to Canada of Environmental Inaction

March 4, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Canada and Environmental Action

Instead of seeing our economy contract as a result environmental inaction, it is a fact that Canada could actually be currently expanding its economy through the implementation of indigenous innovation that addresses the growing issues related to climate change.[read more]

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Business Leaders Recommendations for Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership

March 3, 2015 by Jason Burwen

Energy Innovation and Leadership

Critical federal investments in energy innovation have remained unchanged since 2010, as detailed by the AEIC in its third report, which finds that Congress and the Administration have a mixed record on implementing their recommendations to promote energy innovation.[read more]

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Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

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Can a Nationwide Conversation Ignite a New Era of Nuclear Energy Innovation?

March 2, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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NuScale Modular Reactor cutout

Experts from across the United States will gather March 3-5th for a unique, nationwide dialogue on the future of nuclear energy. Simultaneous workshops in six cities will craft a new vision for the role of nuclear energy and generate innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the sector today.[read more]

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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 25, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

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Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

February 25, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

 

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bipartisan Congressional piece of legislation that aims to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline project at the Federal level. Why does the President continue to block and delay this energy project’s permit decision?[read more]

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A Call for Much Bigger Electricity Markets

February 24, 2015 by Max Luke

Electricity Market Expansion

In 1996 the FERC issued its landmark Orders 888 and 889, creating a framework for competitive wholesale electricity markets. This coincided with the development of independent organizations that would operate utility-owned transmission networks under a single “open access transmission tariff.”[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

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U.S. Consumers are Purchasing Increased Numbers of SUVs and Trucks. Why Do Consumers 'Poll Green,' but Apparently Don't Buy Green?

February 19, 2015 by John Miller
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Buying Green and Consumer Behavior

Polls indicate most people support reducing U.S. carbon emissions. But consumers recently began purchasing much greater numbers of SUVs and trucks than more efficient, lower carbon cars. Have purchasing behaviors changed or have government green policies failed?[read more]

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Software: The Arrow in the Quiver for Energy Storage?

February 19, 2015 by Scott Burger
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Software and Energy Storage

Competition in the energy storage technology space is heating up as costs fall and utilities seek innovative solutions to their challenges. However, determining the business case for energy storage is still a challenging proposition. Energy storage software providers believe they are the key.[read more]

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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

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If Divestment Won't Work, What's the Alternative?

February 15, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Fossil fuel divestment will not keep carbon in the ground. Student activists should redirect their attention toward something that can actually be effective in mitigating climate change: advocating for radical increases in funding for basic research and innovation aimed at developing clean, cheap energy alternatives.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Solar Thermal Energy

February 12, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar Thermal Energy Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of solar thermal energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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What's Driving Gasoline and Oil Prices?

February 11, 2015 by Greg Bothun
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Oil and Gas Price Influences

Everyone is aware that the price of gas is currently very low. An event like this often spurs conspiracy theories involving OPEC, the US, Russia, etc. But there is no evidence that supports any of these conspiracy theories, while there is evidence that these low prices are in fact due to the following factors.[read more]

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Energy Access in Space: The Final Frontier in an Electrification Debate

February 11, 2015 by Zak Accuardi
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Electricity Access and the Future

When it comes to bringing electricity to all, opinions differ on the ideal solution. Energy specialists think about density. Economists think about cost. Planners think about space. And the energy world needs more planners because space seems to have been lost in the electricity access conversation.[read more]

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The Keystone Showdown: #EnergyChat on the Final Chapter of the Pipeline Fight

February 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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The years-long fight over the Keystone XL pipeline appears to be entering its final chapter. The new Congress recently passed legislation requiring the Obama Administration to approve it. Now the President must decide whether or not to make good on a threat to veto any bill forcing his hand on the issue.[read more]

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How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 3, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[read more]