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How Energy Productive is the United States?

Steel plant. Photo credit: ShutterstockA new global index commissioned by Philips ranks countries by their energy productivity performance and finds the US in 38th position trailing the likes of Japan (24th) and Germany (17th). The “2015 Energy...

Posted February 25, 2015    

Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) attend the main international ceremony with 17 heads of state at Sword Beach on June 6, 2014 at Ouistreham, France.German-Turkish-...

Posted February 23, 2015    

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

US renewable energy sources continued to grow in 2014, as reported by Breaking Energy, with data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission showing that “15,384 megawatts of new generation went into service in 2014, and 49.9 percent of [all that...

Posted February 20, 2015    

EU Energy Union: High-Stakes Supply Security Document Leaked

A memorial to the first natural gas fields in Ukraine, drilled in the 1920s when the area was part of Poland, stands near the Dashava natural gas facility on September 18, 2014 in Dashava, Ukraine. The Dashava facility, which is both an underground...

Posted February 18, 2015    

Global Supply Chains Face Serious Climate Change Risk

Global supply chains could be headed for big trouble.“Marginal or no improvements”, tantamount to a lack of preparation, leave supply chains in the US, China, India and Brazil more exposed to climate risks than those in France, the UK and Japan...

Posted February 17, 2015    

Hey Sports Fans: Time to Deal with Climate Change, and it Won't be Cheap

Just two weeks ago, the year 2014 was dubbed the hottest year on earth since the start of record keeping in 1880. Separate data compilations from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed this 2014 record, as...

Posted February 15, 2015    

New Technology Critical to Future of Offshore Wind Energy

Germany’s Siemens has handed over the first of a total of five commissioned North Sea grid connections, the BorWin2 offshore platform, to its customer TenneT, a German-Dutch transmission grid operator, for immediate commercial operation, the company...

Posted February 10, 2015    

South African Utility Resorts to 'Load Shedding' Amid Power Emergency; Could it Happen Here?

Who would have thought even just a few years ago that one could use a smart phone to check the ‘status’ of electricity availability in the area in real-time. No worries, I am not talking about the US or Germany. Though it’s possible those countries...

Posted February 5, 2015    

The Future of Electricity: High Level of Investment Needed Across the Board

The electricity sector and its incumbent electricity companies are undergoing an unprecedented, challenging but nevertheless critical transformation – a transition towards a more climate-resilient, less carbon-intensive power system which ends up “...

Posted February 2, 2015    

New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing...

Posted January 30, 2015    

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

Ahead of the new European Commission’s highly anticipated publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” in the first quarter of 2015 as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers...

Posted January 27, 2015    

Unintended (Intended) Consequence of More Frequent Severe Weather: Record German Wind Energy

Germany’s Munich Re, one of the world’s largest and leading reinsurers, released on January 7th its review of natural catastrophes in 2014 – measuring the economic impact of natural catastrophes on its reinsurance business bottom line. Attributing...

Posted January 19, 2015