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A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 9, 2016 by aweiner
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Karel Beckman, Editorial Director

The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.[read more]

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Renewable Jet fuels: The Current State of Affairs

February 8, 2016 by Kapil Lokare

Renewable Jet Fuels

Jet fuel conventionally is produced from petroleum crude refining. Its composition depends on the raw crude oil, but the composition is typically around 20% paraffins, 40% isoparaffins, 20% naphthenes and 20% aromatics. Each of these components has a very specific role.[read more]

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3 Ways To Get Closer to the Smart Home with Modern Techniques

February 6, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Green Home Ideas

Quality of life is a difficult category to quantify. It has to do with health and well-being. It also has to do with how you benefit or detract from the world around you. This is not about adding the perfect lamp to a space. For these improvements, you have to think bigger, longer term, and in more holistic terms.[read more]

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FERC vs. EPSA Ruling: A Win for Demand Response and Energy Storage

February 4, 2016 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Demand Response Ruling

Demand Response and Energy Storage companies will benefit enormously from the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to regulate demand response programs in wholesale markets.[read more]

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Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid

January 28, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Energy Savings and Grid Reliance

Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one.[read more]

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Taking the Heat out of Global Warming

January 26, 2016 by Jim Baird
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The science is clear; the oceans are saving us from catastrophe and have the capacity to continue to do so if their ability to produce energy through ocean thermal energy conversion and to absorb heat at depth is fully exploited. No other replacement for fossil fuels alleviates the escalating problem of ocean heat and in fact virtually all other suggested energy alternatives exacerbate this problem.[read more]

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Butanol: A Versatile Renewable

January 4, 2016 by Kapil Lokare
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Butanol as a Renewable

A plethora of start-ups and joint ventures have flourished since early 2000 and the numbers are growing steadily. The number of start-ups pursuing various aspects of butanol continues to grow – from carbon dioxide capture, to developing alcohol-to-jet fuel with the potential to deliver aviation biofuels.[read more]

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Ten Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

December 25, 2015 by Terri Engels

Green Business

It’s easy to understand why many businesses have been slow to ‘go green’. Environmentally friendly options often added more cost, for little business benefit. Today, sustainability is now a major global issue and there’s little doubt that upcoming regulations will make greater demands on the business world.[read more]

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An Energy Sea Change Is Required

December 22, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Sea Energy Sources

The oceans are the only thing keeping atmospheric temperatures and its oxygen content within habitable limits. Ring fencing them may preclude the very actions that could save them, the life forms that reside within them and ourselves from irreparable harm.[read more]

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On the Importance of Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment: Improving Messaging for Clean Energy and Climate Advocates

December 9, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy innovation vs deployment: moving beyond a tired debate

For my latest column, I'm trying to employ Storify to capture a recent discussion that took place on Twitter that warrants recording and further discussion here at Full Spectrum. I hope that you will agree. Please feel free to join the discussion in the comments.[read more]

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The Paris Climate Conference at the Halfway Point

December 8, 2015 by Robert Stowe
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Halfway Through COP 21

The 195 national governments that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are meeting in Paris to draft a major new agreement on climate change. They finished their first week of work on Saturday, December 5.[read more]

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Should Home Solar Leave Behind Net Metering

December 3, 2015 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Solar and Net Metering

The Hawaii PUC has substantially restricted the state’s net metering program. As other net metering policies across the country come under fire from utilities, could the best path forward be to eliminate net metering in favor of giving distributed solar owners direct access to wholesale energy markets?[read more]

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5 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Commute

December 3, 2015 by Ryan Kh
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With all the talk about making the home a more eco-friendly environment, it is easy to forget about the far worse eco-disaster that is vehicle emissions. It turns out - even in today's age - that many of the cars we thought were environmentally friendly, actually aren't.[read more]

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Long-Lasting Upgrades: How to Make Your Property More Sustainable

December 2, 2015 by Terri Engels

Making Your Property Green

Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword that five-star restaurants use to justify $30 for a piece of chicken. In fact, sustainability and ‘going green’ are so much more than just a perceived fad. Not only is energy consumption costly, but it also contributes significantly to the depletion of our ozone layer.[read more]

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Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams
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Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

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Will the U.S. Comply with President Obama's Paris COP21 INDC Pledge?

November 19, 2015 by John Miller
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The Paris Agreement and Political Reality

The Administration submitted an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the COP 21 that would commit the U.S. to cut its total greenhouse gas emissions 2005-2025 by 26-28%. Will the U.S. reasonably comply with this commitment based on existing Federal energy related regulations?[read more]

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How Technology Energy Innovation Helps Achieve Sustainable Development

November 17, 2015 by Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Innovation, Technology, and Sustainability

Technological innovation can play a central goal to achieving all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the governments of 193 countries in September 2015. Innovation is both its own goal, and key to addressing all other goals in a cost-effective manner.[read more]

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India Must Ramp Up Nuclear to Meet Climate and Energy Goals

November 16, 2015 by Jarret Adams
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With one-fifth of its 1.3 billion citizens without electricity and a rapidly growing economy, India must build a staggering amount of new power generation if it hopes to keep up with rising demand. But keeping control of its emissions means that it must maximize its use of low-carbon energy sources.[read more]

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Solar Air-Conditioning: The Next Big Step for Solar Energy

November 16, 2015 by Mika Reichel
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Air-Conditioning has become an essential part of modern society as it enables a productive and comfortable life style in hot and humid climates. The amount of installed AC systems is expected to dramatically increase in the coming decades, largely driven by economic growth in developing countries.[read more]

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Differentiation, Financial Support, and the Paris Climate Talks

November 12, 2015 by Robert Stowe
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If the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris come to an actual decision, the accord will be the most significant multilateral climate-change agreement put into effect since the Kyoto Protocol, concluded in 1997 (or maybe ever).[read more]