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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]

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President Obama Approves Drilling in the Arctic: Should We Be Outraged?

May 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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On Monday, the Obama Administration gave conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off the northern coast of Alaska. On environmental grounds alone, I think drilling offshore in the Arctic is a foolish risk.[read more]

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Maryland's SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

Maryland Energy Market Innovation

Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland flies under the radar for developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market doesn't command the same level of attention as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey.[read more]

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Tesla Powerwall: What Does It Mean For Renewables?

May 4, 2015 by Clayton Handleman
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Tesla Powerwall/JD Lasica

Tesla's Powerwall is not a technology breakthrough. It is revolutionary only in its timing, who is doing it and the fact that Musk and company offers the leadership and credibility to disrupt the energy industry and lead us down a path to clean distributed energy.[read more]

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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

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We're Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate

April 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Using Natural Gas Right

Instead of substituting natural gas directly for coal in the power generation sector we should rather use it to displace electricity in end uses. Attention to this issue by policy makers can save untold gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades.[read more]

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Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller
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Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]

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Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta's Push for National Leadership in Building Efficiency Gains

April 22, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Keys to Green Buildings in Atlanta

Amid the wave of hype about who’s saving this and who’s cutting that on this, the 45th Earth Day, is a move by the city of Atlanta to benchmark the energy performance of municipal and commercial buildings as part of a “comprehensive energy policy."[read more]

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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part 2: Solar Securitization

April 20, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing

I first reported on the securitization of solar assets back in November 2013 when SolarCity announced a $54 million offering. This small offering (by Wall Street standards) was a way for SolarCity to test the waters of a new financing outlet and potentially reduce its cost of capital.[read more]

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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]