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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 24, 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    

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