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On Seeking Consensus: A New Project on the Energy Collective

We're excited to see this project take shape Schalk, and we at 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,


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,


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. 


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,


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,


December 18, 2013    View Comment    

On Top 5 Solar Infographics

Hi Schalk,

We appreciate your comment and share your desire for to be a place of reasoned and thoughtful analysis of the key issues facing the energy sector. 

However, in this case, I think your worries may be a bit unwarranted. As you know, we publish a wide range of views, opinions, and analysis on this site, from everyone from the Natural Resources Defense Council to solar industry professionals to nuclear engineers to the American Petroleum Institute. We're committed to this diversity of views, as we believe it is key to fostering a rich, informative discussion for our readers on the full spectrum of energy-related topics.

In this case, you clearly disagree with the content or implications of these infographics. Like all infographics, they present a particular set of information, much of which is informative, but at a level of abstraction that clearly cannot convey the full story. Luckily, our readers, including you and Nathan, are well equipped to add a richer discussion to the comments on these posts. 

That said, I see only one factual error in these infographics: the comparison of 10 GW of solar to 12.5 coal plants on an "energy generation equivalent." Clearly the graphic's creators must have meant on a capacity equivalent, not an annual energy generation equivalent, which is more like 2-4 coal plants worth as you note, after accounting for capacity factors.

Most of the other issues you raise are either differences of opinion or further details and nuances not captured in the article. That's exactly what the comments section here is for, and you've successfully started a great conversation about the full picture on solar energy. 

Thanks for your contributions to the Energy Collective. All the best,

Jesse Jenkins
Digital Strategy Consultant

December 10, 2013    View Comment    

On Energy Risk: Radiation Superstition

David Ropeik writes on the mismatch between radiation risks and public fears today in the NY Times. Nice related article. Cheers,


October 21, 2013    View Comment    

On Solving Energy Poverty With Solar Light Bulbs: Nokero Product Review

This is a nice review Silvio. But "solving" energy poverty is a bit of a stretch! As Robert notes, it takes a lot more than a light bulb to truly solve energy poverty. Cheers,


October 20, 2013    View Comment