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Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller
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Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

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Virginia Utilities Pull Out of Collaboration Working on a Method to Value Solar Energy

September 26, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Utilities and Solar Valuation

"It looks like the utilities didn't like what the study is finding, and they are hoping that walking out of the room will make it go away,” said Ivy Main, a prominent blogger about clean energy in Virginia and a participant in the Small Solar Working Group.[read more]

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Wind Energy in Iowa: Once Upon a Prairie

September 24, 2014 by Susan Beckman

Renewables and Wind in Iowa

Wind energy in Iowa means jobs, but not just in manufacturing. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa employs 6,000 to 7,000 in all-wind related employment. This ranks Iowa third in the nation in employment related to the wind energy industry.[read more]

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How Does the People's Climate March Stack Up Against the Largest Protest Rallies in U.S. History?

September 22, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Youth Rally Against Climate Change in People's Climate March

Over 2,800 rallies were held Sunday in a worldwide call for action to confront climate change with an estimated 311,000 joining the "People's Climate March" in New York City. So how does this "largest ever climate rally" compare to some of America's most famous mass protests?[read more]

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The UN Climate Summit, the Paris Agreement, and 2° C

September 22, 2014 by Robert Stowe
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Heads of state and senior ministers will meet in New York on September 23 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit. Mr. Ban will encourage them to consider “nationally-determined contributions” more ambitious than they might otherwise have done.[read more]

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Climate Change: Is Failure Now Inevitable?

September 22, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Climate Change and Inevitability

If Copenhagen was the last chance to save the climate, as we were then told, then the climate has clearly not been saved. The burning of fossil fuels goes on, largely unabated. Yet, efforts to save the climate also continue unabated. Have we not failed already? Failure, of course, is one of degree.[read more]

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Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

September 18, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Biking Across Asia

Over the course of this trip across Asia we’ve been interviewing people — especially older people — as we travel, asking them if they think the climate has changed in their lifetime. We’ve been surprised by the responses. So many people say that it has in fact gotten warmer.[read more]

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Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

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EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies, Part 2: Industrial Proven Technology Solutions and Estimated Costs

September 15, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Regs and How to Comply

The new EPA carbon standard should reduce U.S. Power Sector total annual emissions by 30% during 2005-2030. Which technologies are most likely to be used to meet the new carbon standard by 2030 and what will be the costs for future Consumers?[read more]

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Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 9, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]

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Power Satellite Progress

September 9, 2014 by Keith Henson
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Energy Innovation

Power satellites are a complicated subject. It involves economics, "rocket science," i.e., the rocket equation, orbital mechanics, radiators, thermodynamics, microwave and laser optics, geography, geometry, radio frequency interference with communications, and more.[read more]

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With New Law, South Carolina Sets a Foundation for More Solar Energy

September 8, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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South Carolina and Solar

Another state in the Southeast United States is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing.[read more]

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New EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies (Part 1): Which Technologies Have Reduced U.S. Power Carbon Emissions Since 2005?

September 3, 2014 by John Miller
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New EPA carbon standards

New EPA carbon pollution standards should reduce the Power Sector’s annual emissions by 30% 2005-2030. During 2005-2013 half the required carbon reduction has already been achieved. How much have individual technologies contributed toward reduced carbon emissions since 2005?[read more]

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Amidst International Turmoil, America's Shale Energy Provides Security

September 2, 2014 by Senator Pete Domenici
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US Net Imports of Natural Gas: projection

Current events have only underscored the urgent need for greater diversity in global LNG and crude oil trade, and in particular the need for greater international oil and gas supplies from stable countries—a long-standing goal of U.S. energy policy.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: A $5 Trillion Challenge or Opportunity?

September 2, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Fossil Fuel Divestment

Skeptics dismiss divestment as a peripheral threat to fossil fuel’s dominance, but it’s a major opportunity in the fight to decarbonize our society and slow the expanding impacts of climate change. In theory, divestment works; in practice, at least so far, divestment has proven tricky.[read more]

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Lessons from Kyoto: A Vision for Effective Global Action on Climate Change

August 29, 2014 by Spencer Schecht
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Lessons from Kyoto

With two decades of experience to draw on, the UNFCCC may be the most influential forum on climate change in the world. The deadline is set for 2015 for an all-inclusive global agreement to halt climate change. But what is necessary to bring 195 countries onboard to limit global warming to 2 degrees C?[read more]

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Guide to Greening Hotels through Waste Management

August 26, 2014 by Erich Lawson

Hotels and restaurants contribute to the accumulation of waste more than industries do.[read more]

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Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia and Solar Energy

“People like to be part of something positive,” said Aaron Sutch, Program Director of VA SUN, an offshoot of Community Power Network in Washington, DC. “The social aspect of participating as a community in a technology that enables self-reliance while helping the environment is a real driver.”[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]