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New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

January 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Earth Sustainability Limits

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet”.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Currency Depreciation Against the Dollar Affects Oil Importers and Exporters Differently

January 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Markets and Currency Values

The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices, depending on whether a particular country is a net importer or a net exporter of crude oil.[read more]

'Unconventional' Accounting From China's Hanergy Solar, Owner of MiaSole, Alta, and Solibro

January 30, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

China, Solar, and Hanergy

Li Hejun, the rags-to-riches billionaire CEO of China's Hanergy, has suggested that his firm will be a global leader in solar technology. But reports on the company in a recent Financial Times article indicate some extremely enthusiastic accounting practices, and some signs of desperation.[read more]

Decoupling and Demand Side Management in Colorado

January 29, 2015 by Zane Selvans

Decoupling and Management

Utility revenue decoupling is often seen as an enabling policy supporting “demand side management” (DSM) programs. DSM is a catch-all term for the things you can do behind the meter that reduce the amount of energy a utility needs to produce or the amount of capacity it needs to have available.[read more]

Capturing Methane to Fuel Drilling Operations

January 29, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane and Drilling Fuel

Methane emissions from fuel production have become an issue for regulators concerned about greenhouse gasses, as well as for oil and gas producers who see money going up in flames as gas flares. innovators are finding ways to capture the wasted natural gas and profitably use it to fuel their operations.[read more]

A Graphic to Help Map the Carbon Dioxide Removal Field

January 29, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Mapping the CDR Field

For the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) field, breadth is a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, the numerous approaches to CDR suggest the potential for deploying a diverse portfolio of CDR projects that reduces both the risks and costs of preventing climate change. But the down side of breadth is complexity.[read more]

Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

January 29, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Nick Hodge is founder and president of the Outsider Club, and investment director of Early Advantage. He is the author of Energy Investing for Dummies, appears regularly at investment conferences, including the Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference.[read more]

Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

January 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Trends in 2015

Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015.[read more]

Natural Gas Prices Drop Following Strong Production Growth

January 29, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Natural Gas Production and Prices

Following a short-lived price increase over the course of November, natural gas prices have dropped to their lowest levels since all the way back in September of 2012, which is a reflection of very strong and healthy domestic production and inventory builds.[read more]

Another Step Forward for Demand Response: The Case of FERC Order 745

January 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC and the Supreme Court

FERC Order 745 is a vital federal rule on demand response, which relies on people and technology, not power plants, to manage stress on the electric grid during periods of peak energy demand. But this critical energy management tool has also been subject to an amazing amount of scrutiny.[read more]

The Lowest Cost Renewable Energy Comes With a 2000 Percent Environmental Dividend

January 29, 2015 by Jim Baird
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NASA and NOAA have proclaimed that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. It was the year also in which scientists identified heat movement into the ocean depths as the reason an atmospheric warming hiatus has existed for the previous 15 years.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight

January 28, 2015 by Amelia Smith
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The podcast for the exclusive #energychat webinar that occurred on January 26th.[read more]

How to Focus CFOs on Energy Management Investments

January 28, 2015 by Nick Blandford

Business Leadership and Energy Management

Nothing is more satisfying to CFOs than seeing how energy adds value to the bottom line. Most CFOs see energy as a cost, not an investment. Today, a group of energy efficiency champions emerging from within organizations are changing the mindsets of executives.[read more]

Exelon-Pepco Merger Could Hinder DC's Renewable and Efficiency Goals, Study Suggests

January 28, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Mergers and Efficiency Goals

 

Will Exelon allow its regulated utilities to rise to the distributed energy future? If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings for more than $6 billion, it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of Washington, D.C., a new analysis argues.[read more]

New Case Studies in Energy Management Show the Path from 'Why' to 'How'

January 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Management Possibilities

Business leaders have long agreed on the “why” of the process of environmental management: seeing the value of it in increased profits, reduced waste, and a smaller carbon footprint. However, the “how” has often been the stumbling block to successful achievement of this goal.[read more]

How China's Top Court is Encouraging More Lawsuits Against Polluters

January 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Court System and Polluters

As China's air pollution surges off the charts, affecting every aspect of people's daily lives, China's highest court is taking action. On January 6th, the Supreme People's Court issued an authoritative interpretation that provides clarification and details to China's new public interest environmental litigation system.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 5: Industry and Environmental Groups

January 28, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments from Interest Groups

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This final post analyzes the comments from industry and environmental groups.[read more]

Is Wall Street Overlooking NGL Price Impact on US Oil and Gas Producer Earnings?

January 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Prices and Investor Impact

When supplies of dry US natural gas swelled several years ago as companies honed their shale resource development skills, gas prices dramatically declined. This caused natural gas producers to shift drilling operations into more liquids-rich areas and adjust their production more toward oil.[read more]

China's Coal Consumption Fell in 2014

January 28, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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For the first time this century China’s coal consumption has fallen, according to data from both the Chinese Coal Industry Association and the National Energy Administration. The amount remains in question, with the Coal Industry Association reporting around 3.5% but NEA data showing a fall of only 0.4%.[read more]

Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal

January 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and Mode and Climate Action

Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of the largest democracies in the world agreed to cooperate on several climate-related issues.[read more]

Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

January 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.[read more]

'Hottest Year' Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

January 27, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Temperature Records and Ocean Heat

The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010. But the bigger story actually got buried: Global warming has continued unabated over the past few years.[read more]

4 Things to Watch For in the 2015 Energy Storage Market

January 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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The energy storage market really began to heat up in 2014, but the coming year promises a faster pace and bigger scale, according to Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst with GTM Research. Here's what to keep an eye on in this year.[read more]

Energy Data Privacy Risks: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

January 27, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Wednesday is Data Privacy Day in the USA, and it should receive heightened awareness after the recent Sony Pictures cyberattack. While media attention focused on cybersecurity weaknesses, privacy is the natural consequence of good cybersecurity. Security is a strategy that ensures a privacy outcome.[read more]

Can Mammograms Teach Us Something Useful About Energy Efficiency?

January 27, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Efficiency Investment and Policy

At first blush, mammograms and energy efficiency investments appear to have nothing in common – one’s a personal, preventative health tool and the other helps you save money and energy. But I suspect they raise similar time-management issues. Let me explain.[read more]

Science, Policy, and Decision Making

January 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Willful ignorance of climate science is troubling. Disregard of ecological science is destructive. The failure to utilize medical science can be life threatening. But my deeper concern is the attitude toward knowledge and learning expressed by these supposed national leaders.[read more]

Low Oil Prices and Fuel Subsidies: Doing Away with Really Bad Energy Policy

January 27, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Low oil prices are the talk of the day in environmental and energy circles. Some environmentalists probably despair over rising gasoline consumption, but for policymakers in emerging economies, low oil prices present an important opportunity to remove destructive and economically costly fuel subsidies.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

Did the US Kill OPEC?

"Did the US kill OPEC?" This is the question that New York Times' Eduardo Porter recently asked, referencing the Breakthrough Institute’s research, which found that 35 years of public-private investments led to the technologies that allow for the cheap extraction of natural gas and oil from shale.[read more]

New Drilling Raises New Questions About Air Quality In Wyoming

January 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wyoming Drilling and Air Quality

Wyoming has a long history of living with the oil and gas industry, and an approach to air quality regulations that includes different requirements for different parts of the state can lead local residents to ask what new oil and gas development will mean for their neighborhoods, air, and quality of life.[read more]