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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]

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The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013

January 2, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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2013 Energy Stories

As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the big energy stories of the year. Here's my top 10 stories from 2013. Be sure to have a happy new years and stay tuned at TheEnergyCollective.com for daily coverage of the biggest energy stories of 2014![read more]

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Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

December 18, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Wind energy and the PTC / shutterstock

Twenty-five Democratic Senators and six of their House colleagues issued a pair of letters Monday pressing Congress to renew the clean energy tax incentives before they expire at the end of the year. The letter called out the PTC alongside nine other clean energy tax credits set to expire at year’s end.[read more]

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Wind Energy Projects Rush to Start Construction in Advance of Expiring Tax Credit (Again)

December 9, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Wind Energy and Tax Credits

It’s December, and that means the wind power industry in the United States is in the middle of what has become an all-to-frequent holiday season tradition: the mad dash to get projects in the ground before the impending expiration of a federal production tax credit worth $23 per megawatt-hour.[read more]

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Solar Energy Capacity Growth Rivals Wind as Manufacturer Outlook Strengthens

October 2, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Global PV Development

New solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity may rival or exceed the growth in wind energy for the first time in 2013, as growing demand and continuing industry consolidation begin to brighten prospects for solar manufacturers, industry analysts report.[read more]

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Reinventing Batteries for Electric Vehicles: Interview with ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

August 30, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

Last week ARPA-E awarded $36 million under the agency’s new Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems, or RANGE, program. In an exclusive interview, Deputy Director Dr. Cheryl Martin discusses RANGE and the agency’s efforts to reinvent the EV battery.[read more]

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Electricity Utilities Must Evolve or Die: Are They Up to the Task?

August 19, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Market Development

It’s a tough time to be an electricity utility in Europe. A confluence of factors, including the rising use of renewables, falling wholesale prices, and the growth of distributed generation and energy efficiency are eroding traditional utility market shares and putting profits in free fall.[read more]

Beware Energy Efficiency Overpromises

August 5, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Over the past decade, energy efficiency has come to be seen as a fast, cheap and even profitable way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But behind the scenes a growing number of economists and energy analysts are challenging these assumptions.[read more]