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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]

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With Dark Clouds on the Horizon, Can Financial Innovation Keep Distributed Solar Shining?

March 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Distributed Solar and Financing

While solar is growing fast in America, there are dark clouds on the horizon for the distributed or rooftop PV industry, according to Dan Reicher, an energy finance and policy expert and professor at Stanford Law School and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.[read more]

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

February 25, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Big Trends in Energy

Pulitzer prize-winning author and energy analyst Daniel Yergin kicked off the 2014 MIT Energy Conference Friday by looking back at big changes in the energy landscape since the conference launched in 2006—and ahead at three visions for the future of energy.[read more]

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

February 14, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Natural Gas and Methane

A new analysis recently published in Science concludes that more methane is leaking from natural gas wells and pipelines than the federal government has actually estimated, eroding some of the climate benefits of the cleaner-burning fuel.[read more]

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#EnergyChat: Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Increase Carbon Emissions? [VIDEO]

February 8, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Keystone XL Discussion

Last Friday, the U.S. State Department released its final environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, thrusting the controversial project back into the news and reigniting a long-simmering debate. The final EIS gave ammunition to both sides of the debate.[read more]

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Can Radiator Labs's Cozy Bring Steam Heat into the 21st Century?

February 6, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

21st Century Steam Energy

After Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs, thermostats are suddenly sexy and all eyes are on the home energy management market. Startups and established companies alike launch innovative new products allowing owners to retrofit their homes for maximum efficiency, comfort, and control.[read more]

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Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Significantly Increase Carbon Emissions? The Numbers Behind the KXL Debate [UPDATED]

February 3, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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The State Department released an updated final environmental impact statement for Keystone XL that buoyed the hopes of pipeline advocates and opponents alike and gave Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama considerable leeway to make their final decision on the project.[read more]