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Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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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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Gilded Age of Gas

October 12, 2014 by Imran MacMillan
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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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Qatar's Gas Powered Politics

October 10, 2014 by Imran MacMillan

Qatar has built a sphere of commercial and diplomatic ties through gas export deals, strategic investments, conflict mediation and financially backing particular political regimes. If the emirate has one weakness, it is overexposure: Qatar’s activist diplomacy has invited scrutiny from leaders and allies alike.[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
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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
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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
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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]

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NYC’s Chance to Become a World-Class Leader in Urban Sustainability

October 11, 2013 by Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

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Despite all of the cleantech innovation that’s occurring daily in the Big Apple, two large, dark, seemingly unrelated clouds continue to loom over the City’s path toward sustainability: heavy-duty vehicles and vast amounts of waste. But a potential solution to both problems could emerge from an unlikely source.[read more]

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Brazil: Just Not That Into Second-Generation Biofuels

September 30, 2013 by Nelson Mojarro

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The US and the EU — two of the largest biofuel-consuming and -producing markets of the world — are moving towards the introduction of and support for second-generation biofuels. So why isn't Brazil, the second-largest producer, investing more in these innovations?[read more]

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Food Trucks and Carts: The Next Market Segment for CNG Adoption?

September 25, 2013 by Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

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Over the last five years, CNG vehicle adoption has grown rapidly in the refuse industry. But how does this relate to food trucks?[read more]

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Green-Tinted Glasses: Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy

September 5, 2013 by Genevieve Alberts
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In a world that is moving increasingly towards renewable energy sources for power, the question arises: how do EVs fit into the picture? Understanding the possibilities as well as the limitations of EVs motivates further research to improve technology, drive infrastructural development, and inform policy so as to derive maximum benefit from such a specialized proposition.[read more]

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Electric Vehicles and their Infrastructure: The Chicken/Egg Dilemma

August 26, 2013 by Genevieve Alberts
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The electric vehicle is on the rise, and it seems that it will soon be transformed from a car that only interests ‘greenies’ to one that actually suits the lifestyle and pocketbook of the average automobile driver. But with wider viability hindered by lack of infrastructure, the question must be asked: will wider introduction of electric vehicles drive infrastructure development, or will the development of infrastructure spur increase in electric vehicle volume?[read more]

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The Lock-In Duo and Advanced Biofuels

July 25, 2013 by Nelson Mojarro
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The fuel road transport system has a lock-in duo down to its roots that currently affects any further adaptation of alternative fuel prospects, whether conventional biofuels or advanced. The challenge, then, is for new fuels to replace an established fuel in existing applications and technological networks, not just to gain market shares by creating their own new markets. But is there enough incentive at present to successfully produce a new type of fuel or vehicle?[read more]