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Are Rebound Effects a Problem for Energy Efficiency?

October 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Efficiency Rebound and Value

The New York Times got the headline wrong in "The Problem With Energy Efficiency." Rebound effects are only 'problem' for energy efficiency if you believe efficiency’s unalloyed goal is to cut energy consumption. But that is hardly the case.[read more]

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The Future of Energy: Will 'Cheap as Dirt' Batteries Transform the Grid?

October 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Storage Innovation and the Future

What if batteries were as cheap as dirt? In a new video produced by investment advisors Alger, Donald Sadoway explains how truly cheap, scalable energy storage could change the way the electric grid has worked for the last one-hundred-and-fifty years.[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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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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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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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]

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Will CO2 Emission Standards Spur Carbon Capture Technology?

August 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Emissions Regulation and Carbon Capture

CO2 emissions standards for power plants in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere may not spur the use and development of carbon capture technology; tighter or looser standards would work better to drive technology adoption.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 2: 6 Tips for Improving Climate Change Policy

July 24, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

The repeal of Australia’s carbon tax last week put the political obstacles to establishing a price on carbon in stark relief. Yet the news from Canberra is just the most dramatic manifestation of a set of powerful political economy forces that can fundamentally constrain efforts to put a price on carbon.[read more]

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Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? - Part 1

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

If you ask an economist the best way to combat climate change, you are very likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon. Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. Make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive.[read more]

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Paying Too Much for Demand Response? DC Circuit Court Throws Out FERC Rule

May 29, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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FERC Rules and Court Rulings

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule authorizing payments to electricity consumers who reduce their electricity usage during periods of high prices, a service known as "demand response."[read more]

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IPCC: "Rebound Effects Cannot Be Ignored"

May 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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IPCC on Rebound Effects

Cost-saving energy efficiency measures can trigger a rebound in energy demand which can have the effect of eroding some of the climate benefits of efficiency, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.[read more]

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#EnergyChat: Why David Kroodsma Rode his Bike 30,000 Miles for the Climate, and Where He's Off to Next

April 30, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Bike Riding for the Climate

David Kroodsma has already logged more than 30,000 miles traveling the world by bicycle and raising awareness about climate change. This week, the author, data journalist, and travel adventurer embarked on his latest journey: an 8,000 mile journey across Asia from Turkey to Bangladesh.[read more]

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Can Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along?

April 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Renewables and Nuclear Cooperation

Nuclear power and variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power “don’t play well together.” The more I think about this, however, the more I’m convinced that the accepted wisdom that renewables and nuclear mix like oil and water is true only up to a point.[read more]

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Innovating for an Uncertain Energy Future: Interview with Siemens Energy CEO Randy Zwirn

March 18, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Randy Zwirm Interview

A lot can change in the energy sector over the span of a decade. Just ask Randy Zwirn. As President and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. and CEO of the Energy Service Division of Siemens AG, Zwirn has to peer into the future every day as he manages decade-long development cycles.[read more]