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Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

Electrification projects in Dharnai, a village in eastern India, exemplify what can happen when public institutions and private actors fail to coordinate. Greenpeace installed a 100-kilowatt solar/battery microgrid to provide electricity to the...

Posted December 18, 2014    

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

New Analysis of US Regional Power Generation Between 2007 and 2013A new Breakthrough analysis looks at regional power generation data and finds that cheap natural gas has overwhelmingly displaced coal generation, not other sources of low-carbon...

Posted December 17, 2014    

High-Energy Innovation

A Climate Pragmatism ProjectBy Roger Pielke, Jr., Frank Laird, Daniel Sarewitz, Alex Trembath, Loren King, Jason Lloyd, Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Jessica Lovering, Mikael Roman, Kartikeya Singh, Gary DirksDownload a PDF of the...

Posted December 10, 2014    

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

A new research letter in Nature (McJeon et al 2014) concludes that globally abundant natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While...

Posted October 20, 2014    

IEA Acknowledges Rebound Effects

Clean Energy Equivalent of 4 to 19 Australias Required to Meet Gap Created by ReboundA new International Energy Agency report finally acknowledges the major role that efficiency rebound effects will play in future energy demand, and a Breakthrough...

Posted October 7, 2014    

Will the World's Dominant Energy Source Be Solar? Only With Serious, Proactive Policy Support

Rapid Expansion of Solar Depends on Massive Subsidies and High Carbon PriceThe International Energy Agency updated their technology roadmaps for solar PV and solar thermal energy, suggesting that, with significant policy and technological progress,...

Posted October 3, 2014    

Is Coal Really "Peaking" in China?

“While uncertainty over the changes in coal stockpiles still exists, we’re confident that the unbelievable may be at hand: peak coal consumption in China.” So concludes a recent blog post from the Sierra Club’s Justin Guay and Greenpeace...

Posted September 1, 2014    

US Coal Exports Do Not Offset Massive Emissions Reductions from Natural Gas

Despite declining emissions, cleaner air, and falling energy prices, natural gas opponents continue to look the gift horse that is the US shale gas revolution in the mouth. The latest canard comes from CO2 Scorecard, the policy wing of environmental...

Posted August 25, 2014    

How the US-Africa Summit Can Catalyze Africa's Rise

The US-Africa Leaders Summit taking place in Washington, DC, early next week presents an opportunity for Obama, Congress, the United Nations, and other international agencies to wrestle with how to adopt a vision of sub-Saharan Africa...

Posted August 5, 2014    

The Low-Energy Club

In the last few years, there has been a growing consensus among scholars and wonks that the rest of the world will follow the West in living modern lives complete with modern infrastructure, industry, and development. The question is not ...

Posted July 2, 2014    

Nuclear Is Cheaper Than Solar Thermal

I’m a big fan of TIME reporter Mike Grunwald and often think that he and Breakthrough are among the only people who really understand that Obama’s signature climate policies are not fuel economy standards or power plant regulations, but the tens of...

Posted June 16, 2014    

How Ambitious Are the EPA's Proposed Carbon Dioxide Reductions?

By Alex Trembath, Michael Shellenberger, and Ted NordhausUpdated 6/5/14 at 3pm Eastern timeThe Obama administration’s proposed carbon dioxide reductions are larger than what the government's Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts would...

Posted June 5, 2014