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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

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Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[read more]

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Cost of Batteries for Electric Vehicles Falling More Rapidly than Projected

April 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Costs for Electric Vehicle Batteries

The cost of battery packs for electric vehicles has fallen more rapidly than was previously projected, with market leading firms in 2014 producing batteries at ~$300 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, on par with market projections for 2020.[read more]

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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part I: What is a Yieldco?

April 13, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing and Yieldcos

Massive infrastructure transitions take massive amounts of capital, and the ongoing transition to 100 percent clean energy is not any different. The technology of the clean energy industry has proven its reliability and the costs are continuing to fall.[read more]

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Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Transportation

April 9, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing short of a global superstar today. But that wasn’t always the case. Like many entrepreneurs, Elon started small, launching an online business directory for newspapers with his brother.[read more]

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Naomi Klein Undervalues the Potential of the EU's Cap-and-Trade Plan to Curb CO2

April 9, 2015 by Emil Dimantchev
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Examining the Value of the EU's Cap-and-Trade

Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" dismisses cap-and-trade as a climate policy tool despite historical evidence that the policy can reduce CO2 emissions. But for cap-and-trade to work, it needs the public to convince lawmakers to design it properly.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Planning the Utility of the Future

The electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.” In this #EnergyChat Webinar, we chatted with experts about the technologies, new business models, and regulatory reforms transforming the electric utility sector.[read more]

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Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

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The Utility of the Future [PODCAST]

April 6, 2015 by Amelia Smith

The growing penetration of distributed energy resources, including distributed generation such as solar PV or fuel cells, electric vehicles, stationary batteries, and demand response, could remake electricity markets, power system operations, and utility business models alike.[read more]

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Regulatory Reform Needed for Transmission Investment, Renewables Integration

April 6, 2015 by Max Luke

Limited transmission infrastructure is one of the largest obstacles to the deployment of renewables in the U.S. Many of the best wind and solar regions are far from areas of high electricity demand. Bringing electricity from these regions to load centers often requires additional transmission investments.[read more]

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Renewable Portfolio Standards Under Attack Across America

April 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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RPS and State Attacks

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Fossil fuel funded efforts are underway to undermine or end renewable portfolio standards (RPS) across the United States. In 2014, as in past years, these efforts largely failed. But will 2015 turn out to be different?[read more]

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Restructuring the Grenada Electric Utility Sector

April 2, 2015 by Charlie Hewitt

Grenada and the Utility Sector

Opening the Grenada power market to competition is unlikely to achieve the government's goals. Applying a U.S.-style utility unbundling scheme to such a small and unique market is not prudent and the government should seek other measures to meet Grenada's energy needs.[read more]

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

March 31, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Examining the Costs of Energy Conservation

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy conservation. 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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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[read more]

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Building European Investor Confidence for Energy Efficiency Investment

March 24, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Hopes are high for the success of the Investor Confidence Project Europe, a new EU funded project designed to increase private investment in energy efficiency. The aim: to accelerate development of a global efficiency market by standardizing how efficiency projects are developed and savings is calculated.[read more]

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The 100% Renewable Energy Nuclear Option, Part 1

March 23, 2015 by David Hess
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Renewables and Future Energy Options

 

It is time for the world to get serious about renewables, by formally recognizing that nuclear energy is one in all ways that matter. Usually the term renewables is taken to mean wind and solar, but this makes the idea of a life and death contest with nuclear all the more ridiculous.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Efficiency

March 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Efficiency Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy efficiency. 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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The Coolest, Interactive Net-Zero Home Guide Makes Green Fun

March 22, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Net-Zero Homes

A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy building, or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.[read more]

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Nuclear in Australia: Through a New Prism

March 19, 2015 by Oscar Archer
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Nuclear Development in Australia

On March 12th, Federal Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards announced that his submission to South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission – instituted last month by the state Labor government – would revolve around the establishment of a new nuclear fuel recycling industry.[read more]