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3 Charts That Explain Why Tesla Is Developing a Battery for Homes

May 5, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Tesla's Powerwall

All it takes is one tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to whip journalists and financial analysts into a frenzy of speculation. Last month, Musk hinted at a "major new Tesla product line" that had nothing to do with electric cars, to be unveiled this week. It didn't take long to solve the mystery.[read more]

Is Audi's Carbon-Neutral Diesel a Game-Changer?

May 5, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Audi Carbon-Neutral Diesel

Recently German car manufacturer Audi announced they can economically produce carbon-neutral automotive fuel from ingredients found in the atmosphere. Many people have already suspected that there has to be a catch. Of course there is.[read more]

Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

What to Make of Recent Emission Trends?

May 5, 2015 by David Hone
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Emissions Trends

Recent news from the International Energy Agency has shown that the rise in global CO2 emissions from the energy system stalled in 2014. This was unusual on two counts – first that it happened at all and second that it happened in a year not linked with recession or low economic growth.[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You; You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part I: Assault and Battery

May 4, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Energy Storage and te Future

Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of a utility's fears.[read more]

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Tesla Powerwall: What Does It Mean For Renewables?

May 4, 2015 by Clayton Handleman
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Tesla Powerwall/JD Lasica

Tesla's Powerwall is not a technology breakthrough. It is revolutionary only in its timing, who is doing it and the fact that Musk and company offers the leadership and credibility to disrupt the energy industry and lead us down a path to clean distributed energy.[read more]

How Tesla's Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight - or Flop

May 4, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Tesla's Power

Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions and future energy storage plans, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle upstart will face as it seeks to make itself into a behind-the-meter and grid battery kingpin.[read more]

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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

Tesla Battery Economics: On the Path to Disruption

May 4, 2015 by Ramez Naam
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The Tesla Powerwall and Disruptive Innovation

Elon Musk announced Tesla’s home/business battery today. Quick version: It’ll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost effective for a wide market. And within just a few years, it almost certainly will be cheap enough to be cost effective for a broad market.[read more]

DTE Energy to Receive COL for Fermi-3

May 4, 2015 by Will Davis
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NRC and Licensing Awards

Recently, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that its commissioners had approved the award of a Construction and Operating License (COL) for DTE Energy’s prospective Fermi Unit 3, to be built on the site of the existing Fermi-2 near Detroit, Michigan.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Solar Will Be the Most Competitive Energy Choice

May 4, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Global Trends and India

In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.[read more]

Renewable Electricity is in Bloom in California

May 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Renewables in CA

While California never quite got a winter, we can still acknowledge that spring is here. From where I sit in Sacramento, spring means getting out and enjoying the blue skies, a last bit of cool air before a brutal summer, and oh yes, the legislature heating up on important questions of California’s energy future.[read more]

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]

Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's New Report

May 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Department of Energy recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review - a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility.[read more]

Oil Trade Off Yemen Coast Grew by 20% to 4.7 Million Barrels Per Day in 2014

May 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Trade in Yemen

While Yemen is not a major oil-producing country, its coast borders the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a narrow chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. This strait is a strategic route for Persian Gulf oil, natural gas, and petroleum product shipments to Europe and North America.[read more]

Overview of Our Energy Modeling Problem

May 2, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel Limits and Energy Modeling

We live in a world with limits, yet our economy needs growth. How can we expect this scenario to play out? My view is that this problem will play out as a fairly near-term financial problem, with low oil prices leading to a fall in oil production. But not everyone comes to this conclusion.[read more]

NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

May 2, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Efficiency in California

As the state of California finalizes its mandatory cuts in water use for an average of 25 percent for companies like urban water suppliers, new NRG solar customers in the cities of Fresno and San Diego can soon begin to receive a smart sprinkler from Rachio.[read more]

Energy News: Batteries + Renewables = Growth; Kudos and Coverage for Member Companies

May 2, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

We recently reported that “solar-plus-storage” was the hottest new thing in advanced energy. This week, the New York Times agreed, posting a science feature on the growing (and growth!) partnership between batteries and renewable energy. But why now?[read more]

A Two-in-One Energy Solution: Capturing Waste Heat for Electricity

May 2, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Capturing Waste Heat

In Dublin, Ohio, the Community Recreation Center decided to reduce its energy waste. Rather than rely on an electric utility to burn more coal or natural gas to provide electricity, as well as its own boilers to burn more fuel to provide heat, the facility decided to install a combined heat and power unit.[read more]

New Hydropower in Developing Markets, Upgrades in the United States

May 1, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Hydropower Development and Progress

Hydropower is a mature technology that has tapped most of the resources available in developed countries, with the exception of Canada, which continues to eye large hydro projects. Despite this, there are still hydro opportunities available in the United States.[read more]

Georgia Power Leverages Smart Meters for Prepaid Electricity

May 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Georgia Power and Smart Meters

Michael Garrett enjoys the convenience of paying for electricity when he wants to and keeping tabs on his daily usage. He’s not prepaying for electricity because he moves around a lot or has financial troubles. In fact, he’s had a steady job for years with the utility that offers the program, Georgia Power.[read more]

While Most Wait for the Federal Government, California May Have Just Broken the Methane Puzzle Wide Open

May 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Methane Risk and Policy

Methane from oil and gas operations is a serious climate risk, but also a ripe opportunity to make a huge dent in overall greenhouse emissions. This past week, the state of California took a big, and long-awaited, step to address the challenge.[read more]

From PlaNYC to OneNYC: New York's Evolving Sustainability Policy

May 1, 2015 by Steven Cohen

One of the signature accomplishments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the development and implementation of the city's first sustainability plan. Bloomberg saw projections of New York's growth and realized that environmental goals needed to be integrated into the city's future.[read more]

Projections Show U.S. Becoming a Net Exporter of Natural Gas

May 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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U.S. Natural Gas Exports

In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015, the Energy Information Administration expects the United States to be a net natural gas exporter by 2017. After 2017, natural gas trade is driven largely by the availability of natural gas resources and by world energy prices.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Fast Reactors Come and Go

May 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Amid all the interest in small modular reactors using well known light water technologies, occasionally fast reactor start-ups appear on the technological horizon. Several such start-ups have recently garnered media attention due to their focus on either molten salt or thorium fuel.[read more]

The Three Principles that Guide Randall Abramson's Oil and Gas Investment Strategy

May 1, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Randall Abramson, CFA, is CEO and portfolio manager of Trapeze Asset Management Inc., a firm he cofounded in 1999 shortly after founding its affiliate broker dealer, Trapeze Capital Corp. Abramson was named one of Canada's 'Stock Market Superstars' in Bob Thompson's Stock Market Superstars.[read more]

A Call to Foundations to Step Up Giving, Act on Climate

April 30, 2015 by Justin Guay

Charity and Climate Change

It's time foundations stepped up their game when it comes to climate. That's the message from two foundations that have invested big in climate: Larry Kramer and Carol Larson of the Hewlett and Packard Foundations. They delivered their message in The Chronicle of Philanthropy in a philanthropic call to arms.[read more]

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Coal Cap

China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study released by the China Coal Cap Project.[read more]

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]