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EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for May and June [VIDEO]

May 21, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the EU's internal energy market, and the G7 energy ministers meeting in Hamburg.[read more]

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

May 20, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meter Adoption

New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to revamp the way utilities are regulated in order to establish a 21st-century energy system. But the state is still trailing in one crucial area: More than 99% of its homes have antiquated meters.[read more]

Which Technologies Will Make New York's Energy Vision a Reality?

May 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Planning New York's Energy Future

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a bold new model of the electrical utility system and energy markets called Reforming the Energy Vision to eliminate electricity peaks in summer and better value efficiency and distributed resources at the grid edge.[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

Reducing the Costs of Decarbonising Winter Heating Needs to Be a Priority

May 19, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Winter and Clean Energy Needs

Large scale electrification of winter heating looks to be essential if the United Kingdom’s legally binding 2050 emissions reduction target is to be met, with other approaches likely playing a lesser role. However, electrification of winter heating poses severe challenges.[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

Lessons of the Move from Hybrids Back to SUVs

May 19, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The shift in consumer attitudes from the purchase of hybrid vehicles back to large and gas guzzling SUVs due to the recent drop in gas prices demonstrates that mass behaviors that lead to a sustainable and renewable economy will not come from a simple desire to protect the environment.[read more]

Nonpetroleum Share of Transportation Energy at Highest Level Since 1954

May 19, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Transportation Energy Share

In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its highest level since 1954, a time when the use of coal-fired steam locomotives was declining and automobile use was growing rapidly.[read more]

Solar in the Circular Economy: A New Business Model

May 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Solar Economics

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free, and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heating, cooling, or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters), and that is costly.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

May 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Peak Oil and Fuel Booms

Over the last few years, those worried about peak oil have been on the defensive. The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible. So we can declare peak oil dead, right? Chris Nelder, an energy analyst, has a simple answer: No.[read more]

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

May 18, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Markets and Energy Booms

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, Energy Information Administration Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.[read more]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Microgrids, Coast to Coast

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm.[read more]

First Real Debate on the EU Energy Union Reveals Top Priorities [VIDEO]

May 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Union Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Anders Marvik (Statoil EU Affairs) to debate the question: “Where to next for the Energy Union?"[read more]

Average Size of New Commercial Buildings in United States Continues to Grow

May 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Building Size

Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade. Information about the commercial building stock in 2012 is now being released, and energy-use information is expected later this year.[read more]

Powerit: Don't Buy a Battery Until You've Tapped 'Virtual Storage'

May 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Batteries and Virtual Storage

Tesla got a lot of attention last week for its new batteries for solar-equipped homes. But there’s an even bigger business opportunity for batteries to help commercial buildings shave peak load, manage demand charges and improve the economics of rooftop solar systems.[read more]

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

May 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar in the South

Anyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two Southeastern states is enormous. Now, after a slow start, so is the headway the clean power technology is making in the Southeast's two most populous states.[read more]

Kentucky Adopts Innovative PACE Clean Energy Financing Tool

May 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Kentucky Clean Energy Policy

In a surprising show of bi-partisanship, lawmakers in one of the nation’s more conservative states came together last month to approve a major victory for clean energy. Kentucky became the latest state in the country to approve Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.[read more]

How Can We Use Intelligent Efficiency to Reduce Power Sector Emissions?

May 16, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Efficiency and Emissions Reduction

Nobody likes waste. And yet when we produce, distribute and use electricity, we’re wasting up to two-thirds of the energy. Although we can’t eliminate all of these losses, we could reduce waste and increase reliability through “intelligent efficiency.”[read more]

Advanced Energy Now: Fueling Stations Get Boost from Low Priced Gas

May 16, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Fueling Stations and Gas Prices

The low cost of natural gas is boosting market acceptance of natural gas vehicles, trucks, and buses, which in turn is increasing demand for the fueling infrastructure to support the growing fleets that use cleaner burning — and increasingly cheaper – natural gas as a transportation fuel.[read more]

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

May 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tesla and Texas

There is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes. Texas is a state of almost nine million households.[read more]

How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

May 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

New York Microgrid Impacts

Two weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first five winners of the New York Prize Community Microgrid Competition. The five feasibility study grants of $100,000 apiece are among 30 to be named over the coming months.[read more]

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

May 15, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Sustainable Development in 2015

Jeffrey Sachs, the United Nations Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why the year 2015 is going to be a highly critical year for global sustainable development.[read more]

Colorado Health Officials Debunk Lung Association's Ozone 'Report Card'

May 15, 2015 by Simon Lomax

Colorado’s health department and the state’s top air quality regulator have sharply criticized claims by the ALA about ozone levels in the Denver area. Citing its own “report card” on the region’s air quality, they said that levels of ground-level ozone – smog – are deteriorating rather than improving.[read more]

Move Over Mandates: Can a New 'Personal Energy Independence' Bill Entice Congress?

May 15, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Independence Legislation

Federal policy proposals in support of clean energy are often controversial, relying mostly on mandates or targets that trouble free-market conservatives. But could a new bill based on consumer choice and market fairness change the framework for supporting distributed generation at the federal level?[read more]

Higher R&D Investment in Renewable Energy Technologies Critical for Clean-Energy Innovation & Climate Action

May 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewable R&D

Global investment in renewable energy sources in 2014 rose almost 17 percent year-on-year to $270.2 billion with investments in developing countries growing by 36 percent, finds a new UNEP Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Projected Electric Capacity Additions are Below Recent Historical Levels

May 15, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Electrical Capacity and the Future

Capacity additions through 2017, much of which are under construction, average about 17 GW per year and about half are nonhydro renewable plants (mainly wind and solar) prompted by federal tax incentives and renewable portfolio standards.[read more]

New Federal Flood Protection Standards Will Prepare Nation for Climate Change

May 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Preparing for Climate Change

Three months ago the President signed an executive order that updated flood protection standards that federal agencies use when deciding where to build, how to build, and what projects should receive federal funding. The executive order established an improved margin of safety.[read more]