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The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade. Most...

Posted August 22, 2014    

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

A new ‘Zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first...

Posted August 21, 2014    

Emissions Reduction: Siemens to Test eHighway Concept for Heavy-Duty Trucks in California

Germany’s Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, appears to have received approval from California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), one of five units within the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to built a...

Posted August 11, 2014    

'Germany, Want to Rid Yourself of Russian Gas? Turbo-Charge the Energiewende!'

Last week, the US and the EU hit Russia with a new sanctions regime in order to punish its continued meddling in destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. The economic restrictions are dubbed ‘Stage Three’ sanctions, indicating the increased level of severity...

Posted August 7, 2014    

In Ukraine Crisis Wake: Geopolitics and a Case for European LNG Import Terminals

The global LNG supply options are broadening with new LNG export projects – both under construction and proposed – mushrooming especially in Australia, the US, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Tanzania et cetera. Conceivably, a severe...

Posted August 5, 2014    

Japan's Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist’ Constitution and to allow finally for...

Posted July 31, 2014    

New Report on EPA's Carbon Rule: States Have the Power to Contain Costs, Maximize Benefits

In June 2014, the EPA released its proposed carbon emissions rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. This so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ proposed a regulatory framework that mandates US power plants reduce GHG...

Posted July 28, 2014    

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption'

Photo Credit: Jared Anderson/Breaking EnergyMaria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) spoke last week at the two-day Energy Information Administration (EIA) conference in Washington, D.C. expressing her view...

Posted July 25, 2014    

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. The United Nations...

Posted July 23, 2014    

Origins of the Next Wave of Innovation in the Oil & Gas Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

A directional driller reviews computer monitors while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota.Future oil and natural gas production as well as exploration is expected to take place in some...

Posted July 9, 2014    

How Best to Plan Future Energy and Water Infrastructure Projects

A new World Economic Forum report on the Water-Energy Nexus explores the link between water quantity and electricity production and specifically looks into strategic considerations for energy policy-makers on how best to plan energy and water...

Posted July 4, 2014    

Richard Kauffman talks New Market-Based Energy System at New York Energy Week

Last week, the 2nd New York Energy Week (NYEW) concluded. At its closing ceremony, the esteemed Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Office of the Governor of New York, offered his thinking on a new energy system....

Posted July 1, 2014