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Electricity Utilities Must Evolve or Die: Are They Up to the Task?

It’s a tough time to be an electricity utility in Europe. A confluence of factors, including the rising use of renewable energy, falling wholesale market prices, and the growth of distributed generation and energy efficiency are eroding traditional...

Posted August 19, 2013    

Beware Energy Efficiency Overpromises

This essay was co-authored with Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger and originally appeared in EnsiaOver the past decade, energy efficiency has come to be seen as a fast, cheap and even profitable way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

Posted August 5, 2013    

Rethinking the Role of Carbon Prices in Climate Change Policy

Why Carbon Revenues Might Be More Important Than Carbon PricesI recently had an interesting conversation on Twitter and via email that got to the heart of why I hold what many consider an unorthodox view on the role of a carbon price in climate...

Posted July 29, 2013    

Energy Facts: Map of U.S. Electricity Consumption in 1921

I recently came across a fascinating blast from the past: a wonderful cartogram illustrating the relative level of electricity consumption in each U.S. state circa 1921. The size of each state in the graphic represents the amount of...

Posted July 26, 2013    

Electricity Prices Soar Past $200 per Megawatt-hour as Heat Wave Hits Eastern United States

Or a (really hot) day in the life of the power gridAn update for July 18th, which ranks as the #9 peak demand day in New England history is below...With a heat wave settling across the northeastern and midwestern United States, electricity systems...

Posted July 17, 2013    

Can Innovation Beat Climate Change and Resource Depletion? Ramez Naam on "the Infinite Resource" [VIDEO]

In this installment of our #EnergyChat series, I talk with Ramez Naam, author of The Infinite Resource: the Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a new book out from University of New England Press that takes an unflinching look at the central...

Posted July 16, 2013    

Energy Chat: Hopping on the Taxi Sharing Bandwagon [VIDEO]

Ever wish you could cut to the front of that long line at the airport taxi stand, or share a cab and save money on that expensive ride home?If you touch down soon at New York City area airports, you just might get the chance to do both, thanks to...

Posted June 24, 2013    

Pandora's Promise, Nuclear Energy Documentary, Asks: What Are You Wrong About?

The new documentary film Pandora's Promise landed in theaters last Friday and is already sparking debate and prompting a renewed look at the role of nuclear energy in confronting global climate change and the other energy challenges...

Posted June 20, 2013    

Energy Debate Redux: Will the Grid of the Future Run on DC Power?

Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it's time to take a minute to learn...

Posted June 13, 2013    

A Crisis of Leadership? Rebuilding Trust in the Energy Industry [VIDEO]

Energy is a multi-trillion dollar sector and energy products form some of the most basic inputs into our modern industrial society. What’s more, the energy industry sits at the intersection of government policy and complex markets. It’s...

Posted June 8, 2013    

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