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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    

Scaling Solar and Wind: A Hard Look At Energy Innovation Priorities

Despite recent explosive growth rates, the wind and solar power industries must overcome key innovation challenges before they can contribute a substantial share of national or global energy supplies, a panel of leading technology experts said today...

Posted January 30, 2013    

A Look Ahead at Energy Policy and Politics in the 113th Congress

After a heated election that featured prominent fights over the direction of United States energy policy, a free TheEnergyCollective.com webinar on Wednesday, January 9th (12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific), will take a look ahead at energy policy and...

Posted January 4, 2013    

Which Nations Have Reduced Carbon Intensity the Fastest?

IntroductionDriving down global emissions of climate destabilizing carbon dioxide by at least 50 percent by 2050 may be necessary to avoid the most dangerous impacts of global climate change (IEA 2010). To achieve these deep emissions declines while...

Posted April 4, 2012    

Green Groups Embrace Climate Pragmatism

Leading green groups, including the National Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, are embracing a pragmatic approach to advance climate mitigation efforts by refocusing public outreach efforts around the near-term health benefits associated...

Posted March 23, 2012    

Will Cheap Energy Storage Come to Coal and Nuclear's Rescue?

Everyone knows that the development of low-cost, large-scale electricity storage technologies will be critical to the future of wind and solar energy--or at least everyone who reads The Energy Collective knows that! The ability to cheaply...

Posted March 22, 2012    

Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future?

Ask an expert on clean tech what the largest barriers to a low carbon energy future are, and chances are they will list higher technology costs, policy barriers, or the need for new infrastructure to accommodate novel energy sources.But according to...

Posted March 19, 2012