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#EnergyChat: Why David Kroodsma Rode his Bike 30,000 Miles for the Climate, and Where He's Off to Next

David Kroodsma has already logged more than 30,000 miles traveling the world by bicycle and raising awareness about climate change. This week, the author, data journalist, and travel adventurer embarked on his latest journey: an 8,000 mile...

Posted April 30, 2014    

Can Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along?

Nuclear power and variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power “don’t play well together.”That’s a commonly accepted nugget of wisdom these days. I heard the argument most recently during an interesting colloquy on Twitter this...

Posted April 15, 2014    

Innovating for an Uncertain Energy Future: Interview with Siemens Energy CEO Randy Zwirn

A lot can change in the energy sector over the span of a decade. Just ask Randy Zwirn. As President and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. and CEO of the Energy Service Division of Siemens AG, Zwirn has to peer into the future every day as he...

Posted March 18, 2014    

With Dark Clouds on the Horizon, Can Financial Innovation Keep Distributed Solar Shining?

The United States installed 4,751 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2013, a 41% increase over 2012. That was enough to contribute 29 percent of all new electricity capacity installed in the United States last year, second only to natural...

Posted March 10, 2014    

Daniel Yergin: Looking Back and Forward at Big Trends in Energy

Editor's Note: This article marks the launch of "Full Spectrum," a new column featuring the exclusive energy analysis and commentary of TheEnergyCollective.com's Jesse Jenkins. "Full Spectrum" will shed light on the key debates, hot new...

Posted February 25, 2014    

Do Methane Leaks Negate Climate Benefits of Natural Gas? Four Takeaways From a New Science Study

A new analysis published in Science today ($ub. required) concludes that more methane is leaking from natural gas wells and pipelines than the federal government has estimated, eroding some of the climate benefits of the cleaner-burning fuel....

Posted February 14, 2014    

Sustainable Cities Collective Nominated for Prestigious "Shorty Awards"

Sustainable Cities Collective, our sister site dealing with green design, urban planning, and sustainability, has been nominated as a finalist for the Shorty Awards. The prestigious awards, known as "the Shorties," are awarded annually to the world'...

Posted February 10, 2014    

#EnergyChat: Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Increase Carbon Emissions? [VIDEO]

Last Friday, the U.S. State Department released its final environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, thrusting the controversial project back into the news and reigniting a long-simmering debate. The final EIS gave ammunition...

Posted February 8, 2014    

Can Radiator Labs's Cozy Bring Steam Heat into the 21st Century?

After Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, thermostats are suddenly sexy and all eyes are on the fast-growing home energy management market.Yet as a tenant of a pre-war New England apartment building, I’ve watched with envy as...

Posted February 6, 2014    

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Significantly Increase Carbon Emissions? The Numbers Behind the KXL Debate [UPDATED]

Will the Keystone XL pipeline lead to a significant increase in global carbon emissions? That's the key question at the center of the debate over the controversial tar sands pipeline. The State Department released an updated final environmental...

Posted February 3, 2014    

The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the big energy stories of the year. Here's my top 10 stories from 2013...1. Japan taps methane hydrates with explosive implications for the future of global energy supplies.The Japanese Ministry of...

Posted January 2, 2014    

Can the American Wind Energy Industry Survive Without the PTC?

Quick Summary The wind production tax credit (PTC) is likely to expire at year’s end, although a revision to the law will keep the pipeline of wind projects moving in 2014.Industry analysts project 6,000-10,000 MW of new wind capacity in 2014 as...

Posted December 18, 2013