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After Keystone: Fight Coal and Accelerate Innovation

While the battle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline rages on, energy analysts Matthew Stepp and Alex Trembath counsel a redeployment of the climate movement's efforts. Writing in a Bloomberg op ed, the pair applaud the organizers of the...

Posted April 9, 2013    

Energy Facts: How Much Water Does Fracking for Shale Gas Consume?

I’ve been writing a lot recently about the historic transition from coal to gas-fired power generation ongoing in the United States (see here, here, and here). Water is almost always front and center in these stories (see here and here), as the...

Posted April 6, 2013    

Should the Shale Gas Revolution be Feared or Cheered?

Should the shale gas revolution be feared or cheered?The boom in shale gas production currently reshaping North American energy markets has a mixed environmental record. Cheap natural gas is forcing the closure of dozens of America's dirtiest coal...

Posted March 30, 2013    

Energy Facts: U.S. Coal Consumption Is Down But Are Exports Eroding Climate Benefits?

Time again for Friday Energy Facts...U.S. coal consumption has fallen by 237 million short tons from 2005 to 2012, a drop of more than 21 percent. The decline in coal consumption was driven almost entirely by trends in the electric power sector,...

Posted March 29, 2013    

Department of Energy Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of a new initiative today meant to strengthen American clean energy manufacturing and enhance U.S. competitiveness.Assistant Secretary of Energy Dr. David Danielson announced the creation of the new...

Posted March 26, 2013    

Energy Facts: Is the U.S. Shift from Coal to Natural Gas Stalling Out?

Time again for your Friday Energy Facts: this week, is the historic shift from coal to natural gas in the U.S. electric power sector stalling out? According to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA),...

Posted March 22, 2013    

How Serious Are President Obama and Congressional Republicans About an Energy Security Trust Fund?

With the sequester forcing blunt and counter-productive cuts to federal investments in research and development, including an estimated $689 million to Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Energy innovation programs, President Obama's recent proposal to...

Posted March 19, 2013    

Energy Facts: Fossil Fuels Replace Nuclear in Japan

Here are your Friday Energy Facts for the week: Japan's use of fossil fuels for power generation increased 21 percent in 2012 after the March 11th, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami triggered meltdowns at the...

Posted March 15, 2013    

Japan Taps Methane Hydrates: Pondering the Explosive Implications

Japan announced Tuesday that researchers had succesfully produced natural gas from offshore methane hydrates, a breakthrough with potentially explosive consequences for both global energy markets and the effort to tackle climate...

Posted March 15, 2013    

New Maryland Legislation Will Drive Offshore Wind Energy Development

At least 200 megawatts of offshore wind energy will soon be built off the shores of Maryland, thanks to new legislation passed this week by the state's senate. The act is now on it's way to the desk of Governor Martin O'Malley, who finally has the...

Posted March 11, 2013    

Secretary Chu Resigns: What Will Be the Legacy of His Tenure at the Department of Energy?

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced his resignation today in a letter to staff of the Department of Energy he helmed for the last four years. Chu's departure had been anticipated, but today's official announcement now begins the process of...

Posted February 1, 2013    

Debating the Future of U.S. Climate Policy

Jesse Jenkins is reporting for the Energy Collective from the Energy Innovation 2013 conference in Washington D.C. Check the @EnergyCollectiv timeline or hashtag #EI13 for live tweets and view more from the...

Posted January 31, 2013