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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    

Wind Energy Projects Rush to Start Construction in Advance of Expiring Tax Credit (Again)

It’s December, and that means the wind power industry in the United States is in the middle of what has become an all-to-frequent holiday season tradition: the mad dash to get projects in the ground before the impending expiration of a federal...

Posted December 9, 2013    

Solar Energy Capacity Growth Rivals Wind as Manufacturer Outlook Strengthens

New solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity may rival or exceed the growth in wind energy for the first time in 2013, as growing demand and continuing industry consolidation begin to brighten prospects for solar manufacturers, industry analysts report....

Posted October 2, 2013    

Reinventing Batteries for Electric Vehicles: Interview with ARPA-E Deputy Director Cheryl Martin

Last week ARPA-E announced 22 recipients for $36 million in total awards under the agency’s new Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems, or RANGE, program.RANGE aims to reinvent the electric vehicle battery at the system level...

Posted August 30, 2013    

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