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The Utility of the Future

March 25, 2015 by Amelia Smith

Podcast for The Utility of the Future webinar.[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]

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Uncertainty in Grid Expansion and Grid Supply: A Case Study in Bihar, India

March 17, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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India's new government has been promising rapid extension of electricity access to every home in India. Despite these promising announcements, we observed a tremendous range of opinions about the likelihood of the promised grid extension in the state of Bihar on a recent trip to India.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

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The Bottom Line on Nuclear Energy

March 5, 2015 by David Hess
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Existing nuclear power plants are extremely valuable societal assets. Shutting them down in the absence of compelling economic or technical reasons is folly. Make no mistake. Closing well-performing nuclear plants before it is technically necessary costs society dearly.[read more]

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State Level Methane Taxes: Economic and Environmental Benefit

March 5, 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 5, 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 3, 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 26, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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]