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Biomass: The World's Biggest Provider Of Renewable Energy

April 23, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Biomass and Renewables

If I asked you to think of renewable energy what comes to mind? I imagine it is skyscraper-sized wind turbines, solar panels on suburban roofs or massive hydro-electric dams. You probably do not think of burning wood or converting crops to liquid fuel to be used in cars.[read more]

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Primetime Debate: Will an Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Supergrid Solve China's Air Pollution Crisis?

April 23, 2014 by Michael Davidson

China Pollution Crisis and Solutions

It’s hard to imagine coverage of electricity transmission policy here in the U.S. The contrast with Chinese television’s treatment of these issues shows how public concerns over air pollution and renewables are being injected into a decade-old discussion on the relationship between the grid and the state.[read more]

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One Weird Trick To Power Your City with 100% Renewable Energy

April 22, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Renewables Growth

There’s strength in numbers, but what if that axiom was key to empowering entire cities to shift to renewables? It may sound like a weird trick, but bundling together power demand from thousands of utility customers into one large pool – aggregation – is doing just that in cities across the US.[read more]

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How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?

April 22, 2014 by Ari Peskoe
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Renewable Energy and States

State policies and legislation promoting the deployment of renewable energy have played important roles in the rapid growth of wind and solar energy. But over the past few years, those policies are increasingly being challenged as unconstitutional.[read more]

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How the Top-Rated Colleges for Sustainability Are Raising the Bar: From Princeton Review's Annual 'Guide to Green Colleges'

April 22, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Green Colleges Raising the Bar

More colleges are offering sustainability majors, have greenhouse gas reduction programs underway, and are ramping up interaction with administrators about sustainability. But the percentage offering locally grown and organic foods actually dipped slightly from last year. -Princeton Review's Davie Soto[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Gas

April 21, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Gas

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of gas. 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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Russian Gas Exports and Western Encroachments on Russia

April 17, 2014 by Willem Post
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According to Russian leaders, after the demise of the USSR, when Russia was in disarray under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Europe and US leaders, brushing aside historic Russian geo-political interests as irrelevant, took geo-political advantage by steadily expanding NATO and the EU into East Europe.[read more]

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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Efficiency and Competitiveness

United States Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing sector of the economy.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Coal

April 15, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Coal Cost Consensus

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of coal. 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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Can Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along?

April 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Renewables and Nuclear Cooperation

Nuclear power and variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power “don’t play well together.” The more I think about this, however, the more I’m convinced that the accepted wisdom that renewables and nuclear mix like oil and water is true only up to a point.[read more]

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The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

April 14, 2014 by Reid Capalino

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics.[read more]

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Economic Evaluation of Projects in the Electricity Supply Industry

April 11, 2014 by Hisham Khatib
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Electricity Supply Industry

 

Electricity is versatile, clean to use, easy to distribute and supreme to control. Just as important, it is now established that electricity has better productivity in many applications than other energy forms. This led to the wider utilisation of electricity and its replacement with other forms of energy.[read more]

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How Big Is The World's Biggest Solar Farm?

April 8, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Solar Energy Farms and Space Needs

In the last few months we have seen both the world's largest solar bridge and the world's largest solar farm open. The bridge was opened in London, a city so famous for its fog that they named a fashion label after it. The farm was built in the middle of the Californian desert.[read more]

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Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

April 7, 2014 by John Miller
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Ethanol Imports and Emissions

The ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS) requires blending biofuels into motor fuels annually to reduce petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions. Since 2010 RFS compliance has included Brazil sugarcane ethanol imports. Do these imports actually achieve RFS carbon reduction requirements?[read more]

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Dollar a Gallon Gasoline

April 2, 2014 by Keith Henson
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People have looked resource (and now climate change and global warming) disasters in the face so long that I am not entirely sure they are actually able to deal with something llike good news. It will be interesting to see how much flack I get for this article.[read more]

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For All the Calls to 'Rescue' Ukraine with LNG Exports, US Should Steady the Course on Terminal Applications

March 31, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Ukraine LNG Rescue

The annexation of Crimea by Russia is strengthening the case for U.S. companies exporting liquefied natural gas to beef up Ukraine’s, and U.S. allies’, energy security. But it will take time before significant new quantities of LNG start flowing from the U.S. terminals awaiting approvals.[read more]

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Energy Efficiency Investment: Is Europe Open for Business?

March 26, 2014 by Clare Taylor

So far the European Commission recent climate and energy proposals lack a 2030 target for energy efficiency. But investing in energy-efficient buildings makes sense for carbon abatement and Europe's fuel import bill. According to Dr Steve Fawkes, investor confidence is what is needed most.[read more]

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Why Liberals Shouldn't Be Afraid of Big Money

Climate Change Politics

Liberals everywhere: It is time for a different kind of climate legislation. For the US energy economy to power itself, it must develop new relationships with Wall Street. There are good reasons why anyone interested in avoiding climate disaster needs to be open to this idea.[read more]

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Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

March 24, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Access, Climate, and Innovation

 

The United Nations recently declared the next ten years the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” and there is perhaps no better way to kick off the decade than with a compelling discussion about how to actually reach this important goal.[read more]

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Here is How the Economics of Privately-Held LNG from Frigid Siberia are Shaping Up to Compete in European and Asian Natural Gas Markets

March 21, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

LNG from Siberia

Here’s a peak at what might be the second most cost-effective natural gas resource in the world -- and it doesn’t involve hydraulic fracturing. Technically, it is a conventional gas play in Russia but not in the customary use of the word, and it does not involve Gazprom.[read more]