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Power Grid of the Future: Distributed Generation Led by a 'Civic' Energy Sector

“What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but was instead led by civil society?” – asks Dr. Stephen Hall, a Research Fellow in energy economics and policy at the...

Posted March 30, 2015    

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

A gate to exclusion zone is seen in abandoned town, located about 8km from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 9, 2014 in Fukushima, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami...

Posted March 25, 2015    

Breaking Energy U.S. Nuclear Investigation: Exports of Highly Enriched Uranium not 'Definitively Reconciled'

A worker walks through the hall that once contained the nuclear reactor at the former Rheinsberg nuclear power plant on June 6, 2011 in Rheinsberg, Germany. The plant, built in 1966 by the former communist East German government, operated until 1989...

Posted March 16, 2015    

What Drives Businesses to Prepare for Climate Change?

In this handout satellite composite image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 (L) and July 2007 show the retreating ice in the Chukchi Sea during the summer in Barrow, Alaska. Photos...

Posted March 13, 2015    

'Geo-Defragmentation' as a Means of Reestablishing Order within the International System

Prior to Apple taking the developed world with its innovative products by storm and critically shaping the digital age as we now know it, computer users often used to defrag(ment) their hard drives manually. Basically, the process of ‘...

Posted March 11, 2015    

Is a Chinese Shale Revolution in the Offing?

Countries across the globe like to talk a big game about developing their domestic shale oil and gas resources and sometimes utter lofty expectations of energy independence. Progress, however, has been very slow.The following map by the World...

Posted March 9, 2015    

And the World's Most Sustainable City Is...

A city is more that just a place where people live and work. And as more of the world’s population gravitates toward city living, these urban centers must cater to their population’s myriad needs with sustainable solutions like never before.Recently...

Posted March 4, 2015    

Oil Import Dependence Not Aways Economic Disadvantage, Study Finds  

Merry go round. Credit ShutterstockAccording to research by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft Koeln) energy imports should not be “understood as a threat to the security of energy supply and an economic...

Posted February 27, 2015    

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