The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals http://theenergycollective.com/roman-kilisek/2186411/eu-energy-union-fault-lines-emerge-between-pivotal-member-states-design-propos Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/roman-kilisek/2186411/eu-energy-union-fault-lines-emerge-between-pivotal-member-states-design-propos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/roman-kilisek/2186411/eu-energy-union-fault-lines-emerge-between-pivotal-member-states-design-propos#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Climate Cleantech Oil Environment International Climate Conferences Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation changing fuel sources energy planning european commission european union russia Yes Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Roman Kilisek 2186411 at http://theenergycollective.com Did the US Kill OPEC? http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/2185756/did-us-kill-opec &quot;Did the US kill OPEC?&quot; This is the question that New York Times&#039; Eduardo Porter recently asked, referencing the Breakthrough Institute’s research, which found that 35 years of public-private investments led to the technologies that allow for the cheap extraction of natural gas and oil from shale.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/2185756/did-us-kill-opec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/2185756/did-us-kill-opec#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Oil Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation natural gas boom oil price collapse public private partnership U.S. energy policy Yes Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:59:00 +0000 MichaelShellenberger 2185756 at http://theenergycollective.com New Drilling Raises New Questions About Air Quality In Wyoming http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2186091/wyoming-new-drilling-raises-new-questions-about-air-quality Wyoming has a long history of living with the oil and gas industry, and an approach to air quality regulations that includes different requirements for different parts of the state can lead local residents to ask what new oil and gas development will mean for their neighborhoods, air, and quality of life.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2186091/wyoming-new-drilling-raises-new-questions-about-air-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2186091/wyoming-new-drilling-raises-new-questions-about-air-quality#comments Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Environmental Policy Oil Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News air quality drilling oil and gas industry public health risk wyoming Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2186091 at http://theenergycollective.com Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning? http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2186831/should-nrc-spend-time-and-money-simplifying-transition-decommissioning In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2186831/should-nrc-spend-time-and-money-simplifying-transition-decommissioning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2186831/should-nrc-spend-time-and-money-simplifying-transition-decommissioning#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Rare Earth Minerals Nuclear Power Public Health Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation decommissioning energy regulations nuclear power plants nuclear regulatory commission (nrc) Yes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2186831 at http://theenergycollective.com Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair http://theenergycollective.com/katherinetweed/2186676/demand-response-will-win-hands-down-if-taken-supreme-court-says-former-ferc-c Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/katherinetweed/2186676/demand-response-will-win-hands-down-if-taken-supreme-court-says-former-ferc-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/katherinetweed/2186676/demand-response-will-win-hands-down-if-taken-supreme-court-says-former-ferc-c#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Finance Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation court ruling demand response federal energy regulatory commission (ferc) US Supreme Court Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 KatherineTweed 2186676 at http://theenergycollective.com Falling Oil Prices Won't Hurt Clean Energy http://theenergycollective.com/devashree-saha/2187141/falling-oil-prices-wont-hurt-clean-energy The price of crude oil has crashed in the past few months. That’s bad for the clean energy sector, right? Actually, not necessarily. Not only do falling oil prices have limited impact on clean energy, but the latest price volatility only underscores how unstable petroleum sources remain.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/devashree-saha/2187141/falling-oil-prices-wont-hurt-clean-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/devashree-saha/2187141/falling-oil-prices-wont-hurt-clean-energy#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Oil Wind Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News clean energy development crude oil prices oil price collapse Yes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Devashree Saha 2187141 at http://theenergycollective.com Why $50 Oil Won't Last http://theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2185966/why-50-oil-won-t-last I have received numerous questions about the role of a “drop in demand” in the oil price decline. These questions are driven by many stories in the media that have referenced a drop in demand. And there are two primary reasons given for this so-called demand drop.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2185966/why-50-oil-won-t-last" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2185966/why-50-oil-won-t-last#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Oil Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation demand management fuel economics fuel prices oil price collapse Yes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 RobertRapier 2185966 at http://theenergycollective.com Impact of Falling Oil Prices on LNG http://theenergycollective.com/ed-dodge/2185721/impact-falling-oil-prices-lng LNG is liquefied natural gas, cooled to a temperature of -260° F, for the purpose of compression and transportation. International shipments of LNG by container ship are generally price-indexed to crude oil, meaning that falling oil prices have led to a comparable drop in LNG prices.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/ed-dodge/2185721/impact-falling-oil-prices-lng" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/ed-dodge/2185721/impact-falling-oil-prices-lng#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News fuel economics lng (liquid natural gas) oil price collapse Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Dodge 2185721 at http://theenergycollective.com The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India http://theenergycollective.com/durwood-zaelke/2185681/path-safe-climate-goes-through-india It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/durwood-zaelke/2185681/path-safe-climate-goes-through-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/durwood-zaelke/2185681/path-safe-climate-goes-through-india#comments Electricity Energy Security Sustainability Climate Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health Green Jobs International Climate Conferences Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation climate action india international agreements modi president obama Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Durwood Zaelke 2185681 at http://theenergycollective.com America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008 http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2185236/america-installed-22-times-more-solar-2014-2008 Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2185236/america-installed-22-times-more-solar-2014-2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2185236/america-installed-22-times-more-solar-2014-2008#comments Electricity Energy Security Solar Power Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy and renewables fuel economics solar industry growth Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 StephenLacey 2185236 at http://theenergycollective.com New Jersey Should Leverage Private Capital to Achieve Resilient Energy Goals http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2183406/new-jersey-should-leverage-private-capital-achieve-resilient-energy-goals Since Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerability of New Jersey’s antiquated power grid, the state has been investing heavily in enhancing the grid’s resilience and promoting clean energy technologies to upgrade to a smarter, more flexible system that can keep people safe and warm when they need it most.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2183406/new-jersey-should-leverage-private-capital-achieve-resilient-energy-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2183406/new-jersey-should-leverage-private-capital-achieve-resilient-energy-goals#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Public Health Environment Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation grid infrastructure grid resiliency Hurricane Sandy new jersey Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2183406 at http://theenergycollective.com NERC Assessment Examines Winter Power System Reliability, Fuel Diversity http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2184506/nerc-assessment-examines-winter-power-system-reliability-fuel-diversity The North American Electric Reliability Corporation&#039;s (NERC) recently released 2014-15 Winter Reliability Assessment has found that all current assessment areas have enough capacity resources to meet normal winter peak electricity demand.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2184506/nerc-assessment-examines-winter-power-system-reliability-fuel-diversity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2184506/nerc-assessment-examines-winter-power-system-reliability-fuel-diversity#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News fuel diversity fuel supplies NERC winter Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 2184506 at http://theenergycollective.com Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil and Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014 http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2183416/report-solar-added-50-more-american-jobs-oil-gas-drilling-and-pipeline-const There&#039;s thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University&#039;s GW Solar Institute.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2183416/report-solar-added-50-more-american-jobs-oil-gas-drilling-and-pipeline-const" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2183416/report-solar-added-50-more-american-jobs-oil-gas-drilling-and-pipeline-const#comments Energy Security Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Energy and Economy Fuels News clean energy jobs green business solar industry growth Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2183416 at http://theenergycollective.com Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Modular Nuclear Energy http://theenergycollective.com/frank-swigonski/2185291/advanced-energy-technology-week-modular-nuclear-power Small modular reactors (SMRs) are small-footprint nuclear power plants that have the ability to be sized between 10 MW and 300 MW. There are numerous SMR plant designs, though SMRs all rely on the same nuclear fission technology of larger plants.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/frank-swigonski/2185291/advanced-energy-technology-week-modular-nuclear-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/frank-swigonski/2185291/advanced-energy-technology-week-modular-nuclear-power#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels nuclear technology small modular reactor (SMR) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 maria-robinson 2185291 at http://theenergycollective.com Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2184186/google-breaks-ground-demand-response Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2184186/google-breaks-ground-demand-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2184186/google-breaks-ground-demand-response#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy Fuels News demand response future energy investment google Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000 SBattaglia 2184186 at http://theenergycollective.com A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 1: Generating Economic Growth http://theenergycollective.com/gail-tverberg/2185711/new-theory-energy-and-economy-part-1-generating-economic-growth How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/gail-tverberg/2185711/new-theory-energy-and-economy-part-1-generating-economic-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/gail-tverberg/2185711/new-theory-energy-and-economy-part-1-generating-economic-growth#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Coal Environmental Policy Oil Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News economic growth energy economics future planning theory Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Gail Tverberg 2185711 at http://theenergycollective.com Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2183731/heres-how-us-solar-storage-market-reaches-1b-3-years GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2183731/heres-how-us-solar-storage-market-reaches-1b-3-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2183731/heres-how-us-solar-storage-market-reaches-1b-3-years#comments Energy Security Tech Solar Power Storage Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News future energy investment solar industry growth solar storage storage market Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 JeffStJohn 2183731 at http://theenergycollective.com Methane Mitigation Sector: EPA Actions Good for Industry, Will Curb Waste and Protect Communities http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2183796/methane-mitigation-sector-epa-actions-good-industry-will-curb-waste-and-protect- A rising chorus of companies in the oil and gas services sector are raising their voices in support of the smart idea to limit vast waste of methane taking place every day in the nation’s the oil and gas operations. These companies in the methane mitigation industry are experts in finding and fixing methane waste.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2183796/methane-mitigation-sector-epa-actions-good-industry-will-curb-waste-and-protect-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2183796/methane-mitigation-sector-epa-actions-good-industry-will-curb-waste-and-protect-#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Storage Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation carbon mitigation energy waste environmental protection agency (epa) methane regulation Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2183796 at http://theenergycollective.com 3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy http://theenergycollective.com/noahdeich/2183871/3-ways-carbon-removal-can-help-unlock-promise-all-above-energy-strategy An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/noahdeich/2183871/3-ways-carbon-removal-can-help-unlock-promise-all-above-energy-strategy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/noahdeich/2183871/3-ways-carbon-removal-can-help-unlock-promise-all-above-energy-strategy#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels carbon capture and storage (ccs) carbon dioxide removal (cdr) energy strategy future energy planning Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 noah.deich 2183871 at http://theenergycollective.com Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price http://theenergycollective.com/jasonbrown/2185956/missing-sotu-carbon-price Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jasonbrown/2185956/missing-sotu-carbon-price" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jasonbrown/2185956/missing-sotu-carbon-price#comments Cap-and-Trade Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Climate Environmental Policy Cleantech Environment Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive News Politics & Legislation carbon policy carbon pricing federal energy policy president obama State of the Union (sotu) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:59:00 +0000 JasonBrown 2185956 at http://theenergycollective.com