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On Why You Don't Need Fossil Fuel to Fight Poverty. (Clean Energy Does it Better!)

Bob, that's pretty unfair to Todd's comment. He is simply noting where we are starting from as you consider improving energy access in many emerging economies, and his comment talked about boosting per capita electricity consumption levels 20-fold. He's hardly championing "a diet of insects, of fetid drinking water, of healthcare that is deplorable." Please try to keep things on topic and avoid fighting with straw men...

Jesse

February 27, 2014    View Comment    

On Oral Argument Hints that Supreme Court May Trim Back US Industrial Source Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Excellent run-down of this complex and important case. Thanks James! We're excited to have you as a contributor at TheEnergyCollective.com. 

February 26, 2014    View Comment    

On Seeking Consensus: A New Project on the Energy Collective

Roger,

Thanks for this comment and suggestion. I'll bring this up with our technical team. I agree with you this would be a major upgrade for the comments at TEC and I'll see what I can do. Thanks and keep reading!

Jesse

February 24, 2014    View Comment    

On Seeking Consensus: A New Project on the Energy Collective

We're excited to see this project take shape Schalk, and we at TheEnergyCollective.com definitely encourage our readers to participate in the "Seeking Consensus" process! Let's make this work. Cheers,

Jesse Jenkins

February 24, 2014    View Comment    

On Daniel Yergin: Looking Back and Forward at Big Trends in Energy

Hi Robert,

Thanks for the note, and for the quick fact the check. I've corrected that line to read "Part of the challenge is that global electricity demand is rising faster than renewable electricity output..."

RE Coal and China: Yergin did spend time talking about the rise of China and the importance of global shifts in energy demand to the emerging economies, as I noted in the post. He was less clear about the recent continued global growth of coal, likely reflecting the US-centric bias of his remarks. While touching on global trends, he really was talking about the major energy trends in the US from 2005-2014, and here, coal has been on the decline, even as it continues to grow rapidly abroad. Thanks for adding in that critical global perspective. Cheers,

Jesse

February 24, 2014    View Comment    

On EIA Increases Short-Term Coal Retirement Prediction by 50%

Joe, it's important to note that EIA's projections are not really a "most probable" scenario, they are a "policy as usual" scenario. That is, they assume only existing laws and regulations on the books and no additional policy. So, for example, this forecast does not include any forecast regarding the effects of planned CO2 regulations on existing power plants which EPA is currently developing (and plans to release a draft rule this summer). Nor does it include any future acts of Congress. EIA forecasts have to be read in that light. Cheers,

Jesse

February 21, 2014    View Comment    

On Do Methane Leaks Negate Climate Benefits of Natural Gas? Four Takeaways From a New Science Study

Thanks for the comment Geoff. Regarding the studies implications, I think it both casts doubt on the climate benefits of increased gas use in transportation (note it says nothing about the potentially substantial public health, air quality, and/or energy security benefits) and points the way to reducing emissions and improving the net balance of climate benefits. Still, from the LCA analyis I've seen (including a wells-to-wheels assessment I performed as my thesis in 2006), the climate case for gas as a transport fuel was fairly marginal to begin with. It doesn't take that significant of a methane leakage rate to erode most if not all of those benefits. 

Jesse

February 14, 2014    View Comment    

On #EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

Thanks Matt and Megan for giving us the scoop on the State of the Union and its implications for energy and climate change policy.

January 29, 2014    View Comment    

On The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013

Thanks Nathan. That's a good addition to the list of this year's top energy stories. Cheers,

Jesse

January 3, 2014    View Comment    

On Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

Bill that's a good question. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it's 10 years from completion. The best summary I know of is at the DSIRE site here. Otherwise, you'd have to go check the language of the bill to see if there's any clarification on that point.

December 19, 2013    View Comment    

On Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

Thanks Lindsay! Yes, deja vu all over again. Except this time a bit different with the revised qualification rules (begin construction vs. placed in service). 

December 18, 2013    View Comment    

On Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

Thanks for your comments Alan and Schalk. Two different perspectives but both well argued. Cheers,

Jesse

December 18, 2013    View Comment