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Bavaria to Swap Nuclear for Fossil Energy

Bavaria is expected to trade out their significant nuclear electricity portfolio for fossil generation in the coming decade, according to new analysis from Der Spiegel. While the contribution of non-hydro renewables is anticipated to increase from...

Posted October 28, 2011    

Increasing Rates of Technology Adoption

Via Sonia Arrison at Volokh Conspiracy:New technologies are almost always adopted by the rich first, but over time they eventually reach everyone, and the historical record shows that the distribution of new technology is speeding up, not slowing...

Posted October 11, 2011    

DOE Releases First Quadrennial Technology Review

This post was originally published at the Breakthrough Institute Blog.Today the Department of Energy released the first Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), a new report that recommends many of the same investment and competitiveness strategies...

Posted September 28, 2011    

Tackling Denial About The Government's Role In Technology Innovation

I recently engaged in a discussion with David Zetland, a former economics professor of mine, on the value of public investment in technology (NB: I feel authorized to re-publish his and my comments because they were originally published on his...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Business Execs Call for Major Federal Investments in Energy Innovation

 The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC)--composed of industry titans like Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Bank of America Chairman Chad Holliday, and leading venture capitalist John Doerr--released a follow-up to their 2010 report "A...

Posted September 15, 2011    

Energy ≠ Power

Bay Area locals may recognize this ad, which I found on BART. I thought it was hilarious, though you may not unless you share my appreciation for energy/power errors in your sense of humor.I've taken better pictures in my life. The caption reads: "...

Posted September 7, 2011    

Why Do Malthusians Ignore The Sun?

This article at the Energy Collective on "plastic trees" got me thinking about something that doesn't come up too often here at Energetics, though it should: geoengineering. From the article:The idea employs biomimicry by deploying small-scale units...

Posted August 16, 2011    

Book Review: The God Species

"We are as gods and have to get good at it." Mark Lynas quotes Stewart Brand here, using the mantra as a guiding metaphor for his new book The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans. Echoing many of the chief criticisms the...

Posted August 4, 2011    

Distributed Power Is The Best Way To Relieve Energy Poverty

I just attended a presentation by Marlene Grundstrom, who works with the Stockholm Environment Institute on energy access and energy poverty.Often left out of both discussions of climate change and global development, energy poverty turns out to be...

Posted July 29, 2011    

March of the Elites: Why Grassroots Can't Save the Climate

The campaign to avert cataclysmic climate change soldiers on. Despite an aggressive global economic crisis that unequivocally stole some wind from the sails of climate action, the movement lingers, organizing marches and rallies for the coming...

Posted July 6, 2011    

Google Can See The Future

Google, whose energy initiatives and investments have always impressed me, yesterday released an energy innovation analysis that uses a model they built with McKinsey to forecast global power production mixes by different energy technologies in 2030...

Posted June 30, 2011    

The Upcoming Brawl Over Energy Subsidies

While Republicans hold the national debt increase hostage, Congress is deciding what to cut and what to gut (expansion or creation of new programs is largely off the table). Energy subsidies are already falling under the knife. Mark Muro at...

Posted June 29, 2011