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Oil Prices Tumble: Impacts on the Economy, Geopolitics, and the Future of Clean Energy #EnergyChat

January 19, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Tweet Chat on the Impact of the Oil Price Collapse


Global oil prices have been in freefall over the past six months, tumbling from a high of $115 per barrel to less than $50 per barrel this week. And that changes, well, pretty much everything in the energy world. To get to the bottom of all of it, I recently hosted a live #EnergyChat on Twitter on January 12th.[read more]

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Lima Climate Talks: A Catalyst for Global Change? A Future Energy Fellows #EnergyChat Webinar

December 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

TEC #EnergyChat

Is the UNFCCC still a viable pathway to confront climate change? Are bilateral deals, like the US-China partnership, an alternative to the UNFCCC process? In collaboration with Shell's Future Energy Fellows Program we hosted an #energychat webinar to find out how experts felt about the subjects.[read more]

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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

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Future Energy Fellows: #energychat on Energy Storage Advancements

November 20, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Major advances in materials science and manufacturing are driving down the cost and upping the performance of energy storage at a rapid pace. With energy storage on the cusp, The Energy Collective hosted a live Twitter conversation to explore the implications for electricity systems and markets.[read more]

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Bursting the Bubble: Shale Gas Impact on Natural Gas Exports in GCC

November 12, 2014 by Jessica Obeid

Shale Boom Market Impacts

Experts, decision-makers and high level authorities have had conflicting positions on whether or not shale gas, and the North American shale boom, presents a threat to GCC’s natural gas market; with some ignoring it and others warning of its upcoming results. But what should we expect?[read more]

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Energy Storage Start-Up: Lessons Learned and a Focused Future

October 28, 2014 by Matthew Windt

Globally, energy storage mandates are on the rise. Countries like Japan, China, India, Germany and the US have all issued storage targets and commenced development projects aiming to support the growth of their electric energy needs as well as balance the variability of load on their existing generation assets.[read more]

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Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt

With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.[read more]

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Petro Fueled Diversification

October 17, 2014 by Imran MacMillan

Gulf states are often characterized by a general economic prosperity achieved through the sale of natural resources. Qatar is attempting to become the exception to this rule – their impetus for differentiation comes in the form of technological adaptation.[read more]

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Gilded Age of Gas

October 12, 2014 by Imran MacMillan

If we are entering the ‘Golden Age of Gas,’ a phrase used by the IEA since 2011 to describe the expansion of global Liquid Natural Gas trading and the US shale gas boom, the implications for producer nations like Qatar should be ubiquitously positive.[read more]

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Making the Boom Bigger: Opportunities Abound for the Oil & Gas Industry to Address Environmental Challenges with Practical Innovation

October 1, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Environmental Risk Management

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the United States has created an extraordinary economic opportunity in the nation’s energy sector while it has at the same time has posed a nearly unprecedented amount of environmental concern.[read more]

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Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Markets and the Grid

Across the Midwest and Eastern US and into Canada, the extreme weather events of 2014’s winter tested the regional energy markets in unprecedented ways. Successive polar vortexes swept cold over North America and pushed energy prices to record highs.[read more]

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Eye on the Prize: Solar Market Potential in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik

When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the United States, understandably, no one bats an eyelash. When 13 MW of renewable capacity is installed in the Gulf, there’s a multimillion-dollar inauguration party, in true Gulf opulence.[read more]

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Sprouting Sustainable Buildings Across the Emirates: Green Construction and Building Regulations

September 26, 2014 by Tanya Malik

Green Buildings

Sustainable construction was first embraced in the UAE by Abu Dhabi, with the creation of a building and design methodology platform in 2010 known as Estidama, to promote the core sustainability principles of the Abu Dhabi 2030 master plan.[read more]

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Growing Awareness of Sustainability in the UAE

May 27, 2014 by Tanya Malik

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Home to some of the world’s highest per-capita carbon emitters (we’re looking at you, Kuwait and Qatar) and per-capita energy consumers, our hydrocarbon-rich friends of the GCC have seldom been seen as the beacon of sustainable living. But efforts are being made to go green, and "sustainability" is becoming a buzzword in the region — in the UAE, in particular.[read more]

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Living in Dilemma: LNG in the Middle East

May 26, 2014 by Jessica Obeid

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The Middle East still sits on the throne of oil. In 2013, oil production in the region constituted almost a third of the globe's oil production. Yet despite all its richness, the region has several challenges to overcome that threaten its exports capability.[read more]

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Microgrids: Ushering in a New Era of Electricity Generation?

March 28, 2014 by Tanya Malik

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In both densely packed urban centers and remote rural areas, microgrids represent an important investment, and one in which renewables could play a major role. But how do they fit into President Obama's "All of the Above" platform?[read more]

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Has Wind Power Been Type-Casted For Good?

March 20, 2014 by Lori-Lee Emshey

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In North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, almost all wind power utilizes today’s technology in the same way But why is this? Wind power makes for an adaptable power source, one we should be seeing everywhere. And yet it’s being pigeonholed into one task, like an aging sitcom actor.[read more]

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Innovating the Wind Turbine: An Ancient Technology Looks to the Future

February 19, 2014 by Lori-Lee Emshey

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Human beings have strived to capture the wind for over two thousand years. But the lack of new technologies currently available makes it appear that the industry hit an innovation wall. How can wind power break through?[read more]

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A Bumpy Ride for New Jersey Solar Investors

February 12, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

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Not all renewable energy is created equal; neither are the states who employ renewables in their energy mix. New Jersey is an unlikely example of complex renewable energy realities, using natural resources, geography, and physics to more cleanly power our lives.[read more]

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Europe's Innovation in Advanced Biofuels: Following an Overambitious US Example?

October 17, 2013 by Nelson Mojarro

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Europe is primed for an expansion in biofuel production and consumption, but governments may not be doing enough to encourage innovation and built up to scale. Can they look to the US for an example of what to do (or perhaps what not to do) as they take their next steps?[read more]