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Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

March 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy, Smart Business

Recently, Apple announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on European data centers set to run entirely on renewable energy, and invested $848 million to secure power from 130MW of First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

First Solar's Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

February 28, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Production Line Efficiency

First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but the company posted a net income of $397 million on sales of $3.4 billion over the past year. Other areas such as production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed overall positive results.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Oil Sands Industry Must Cut Costs or Face ‘Death Spiral’

February 28, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Oil Sands Death Spiral?

The President of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers warned the oil sands industry that they must cut costs or face a “death spiral”. The drop in oil prices is an “opportunity” for every part of the industry to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies that crept into the system during years of high prices.[read more]

Fly-By: What the Latest Aerial Study of Methane Emissions Tells Us

February 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Methane Emissions Study

In the summer of 2013, researchers aboard a four-engine P-3 Orion aircraft – a variant of the plane used to track submarines – flew over three of the nation’s biggest shale gas regions, taking measurements that would allow them to estimate the amount of methane leaking from the production fields below.[read more]

Macquarie's Brian Bagnell: Forget Peak Oil, Worry About Peak Demand

February 28, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Oil, Demand, and Energy Markets

 

Brian Bagnell, CFA, is a research analyst in Canadian oil and gas company analysis for Macquarie Capital Markets in Calgary. He was formerly an investment associate at the NB Investment Management Corp. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Brunswick.[read more]

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

February 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Air Quality Data Sharing

Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the United States embassy in Beijing.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

February 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans for homes rebounded in a very big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in the coming year, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency.[read more]

Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

February 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Wages and Oil Prices

In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation as well, including the low level of oil prices.[read more]

The Carbon Price Challenge

February 27, 2015 by David Lawrence
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There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.[read more]

Oil Import Dependence Not Aways Economic Disadvantage, Study Finds  

February 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Oil Dependence and Economics

According to research by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research energy imports should not be “understood as a threat to the security of energy supply and an economic disadvantage” per se. The study finds that conclusion simplistic and points out that energy security depends on open and integrated markets.[read more]

Natural Gas Inventory Exceeds Five-Year Average for First Time Since November 2013

February 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Natural Gas Inventories

Working natural gas in storage has surpassed five-year average levels for the first time in more than a year. At 2,157 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of February 13, stocks are 58 Bcf greater than the five-year average. Cold weather may result in high stock withdrawals, which could push stocks below their five-year average.[read more]

Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

February 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, composed of seven nuclear reactors, is one of the world’s largest power stations. Getting all of the reactors at the site online again is emerging as a key priority for the government and for TEPCO which owns and operates the plant.[read more]

Driving Finance for Energy Efficiency Investment

February 27, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financial Support

Policymakers and financial institutions are pushing hard for scaled-up investment into energy efficiency. Will the work of the Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group report help unlock the EUR 100 billion per year needed to reach the European Union 2020 targets?[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 26, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

February 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Saudi Arabia and Energy Source Change

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity.[read more]

A New Tactic to Manage Grid-Edge Voltage: Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Lawsuits and Competition

Over the past month, Dominion Voltage Inc. has announced new customers and expanded software for its technology to fine-tune conservation voltage reduction systems using smart meter data. At the same time, it has quietly sued a competitor, claiming it is violating patents on the same concept.[read more]

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

February 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Energy efficiency is a big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-delivered state-efficiency programs in 2013, alongside $5 billion in private sector investment. However, some question whether this money could be spent more wisely to achieve greater levels of efficiency.[read more]

Will the Battery Gigafactory be Elon Musk’s Waterloo?

February 26, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Tesla Battery Production and Risk

Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, faces his greatest challenge ever in selling enough batteries to support his $5 billion battery-manufacturing Gigafactory now currently under construction in Reno, Nevada. Musk will have to prevail where many others have failed.[read more]

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

February 26, 2015 by Leslie Abrahams
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LNG Exports and Costs

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission.[read more]

Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil

February 26, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Today, with plummeting oil prices and news reports of US oil production poised to exceed that of Saudi Arabia’s, there is a perception on the street that there is no energy crisis. Yet just a few years ago, we were all talking about one. Have things changed so dramatically so fast?[read more]

The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia

February 26, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Energy

The Premier of South Australia, Labor’s Jay Weatherill, has announced a Royal Commission into an expanded future role for the state in nuclear energy. For people those of us who are both strongly focused on tackling climate change and who consider nuclear to be an essential tool, this is real progress.[read more]

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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 25, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

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Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

February 25, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

 

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bipartisan Congressional piece of legislation that aims to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline project at the Federal level. Why does the President continue to block and delay this energy project’s permit decision?[read more]

The Age of the Prosumer

February 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer.[read more]

What Snowmageddon 2015 Is Showing Boston About Building Efficiency

February 25, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boston and Building Efficiency

The Boston area is locked in one of the snowiest winters on record, and nearly every home, condominium and apartment building in the Northeast is adorned with icicles, which are hugely troubling from an environmental perspective. Ice on roofs speaks volumes about how easily heat is escaping from buildings.[read more]

One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

February 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Saving and Waste at Work

 

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption.[read more]

Will the EPA's Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?

February 25, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Could the reliability of the electric grid could be compromised if the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 is implemented as written? This is the conclusion of various independent system operators.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]