The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en Energy Quote of the Day: 'It's Likely a Business We're in Long-Term Irrespective of Keystone' http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2160276/energy-quote-day-it-s-likely-business-we-re-long-term-irrespective-keystone Long viewed as a more expensive short-term solution to pipelines, it appears transporting crude oil via rail is likely to continue in conjunction with pipeline infrastructure. As North American oil production crept steadily higher over the past several years, the output surge overwhelmed existing pipelines.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2160276/energy-quote-day-it-s-likely-business-we-re-long-term-irrespective-keystone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2160276/energy-quote-day-it-s-likely-business-we-re-long-term-irrespective-keystone#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Oil Finance Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation Transportation Keystone XL Pipeline oil transportation rail shipment Yes Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jared Anderson 2160276 at http://theenergycollective.com Does Texas Need a Carbon Tax to Meet EPA Climate Rules? http://theenergycollective.com/katherinetweed/2160421/does-texas-need-carbon-tax-meet-epa-climate-rules The Texas grid has (mostly) kept the lights on despite having minimal reserve margins for years. But if ERCOT, which operates the state’s grid, implements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions, it will reduce grid reliability in the state even further.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/katherinetweed/2160421/does-texas-need-carbon-tax-meet-epa-climate-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/katherinetweed/2160421/does-texas-need-carbon-tax-meet-epa-climate-rules#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation carbon tax clean power plan environmental protection agency (epa) texas Yes Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 KatherineTweed 2160421 at http://theenergycollective.com Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly? http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2160411/power-new-england-why-are-prices-increasing-so-rapidly On October 20, IBM announced that it was spinning off its chip division by paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion. GlobalFoundaries appears to have won the deal with its geographic position of owning fabrication facilities in New York as well as in Germany and Malaysia.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2160411/power-new-england-why-are-prices-increasing-so-rapidly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2160411/power-new-england-why-are-prices-increasing-so-rapidly#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Solar Power Storage Sustainability Utilities Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News clean energy transition energy pricing new england Yes Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2160411 at http://theenergycollective.com Talking Points for Thanksgiving Dinner http://theenergycollective.com/christine-hertzog/2163256/talking-points-thanksgiving-dinner We all have that one family member, and with the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, perhaps you’ll be sitting next to this loved one for the traditional dinner feast. Here are useful talking points that will help you set the record straight about two hot Smart Grid topics.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/christine-hertzog/2163256/talking-points-thanksgiving-dinner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/christine-hertzog/2163256/talking-points-thanksgiving-dinner#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels smart grid thanksgiving Yes Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Christine Hertzog 2163256 at http://theenergycollective.com Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap its Coal Consumption by 2020 http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2162396/another-major-climate-breakthrough-china-will-cap-its-coal-consumption-2020 Hard on the heels of the US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2162396/another-major-climate-breakthrough-china-will-cap-its-coal-consumption-2020" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2162396/another-major-climate-breakthrough-china-will-cap-its-coal-consumption-2020#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Tech Storage Utilities Climate Coal Environmental Policy Public Health Environment International Climate Conferences Risk Management China Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation china coal boom coal consumption US China Climate Deal Yes Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2162396 at http://theenergycollective.com Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Number of Megawatts is Simply not Replaceable in the Short Term with Renewables' http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2161871/energy-quote-day-number-megawatts-simply-not-replaceable-short-term-renewable Utilities are considering “repowering” old coal-fired power plants with natural gas. Environmental groups initiated lawsuits to stop these plants. Environmentalists want to shut the plants and replace the power they generate with renewables. Utilities argue this is not always possible, particularly in the short term.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2161871/energy-quote-day-number-megawatts-simply-not-replaceable-short-term-renewable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2161871/energy-quote-day-number-megawatts-simply-not-replaceable-short-term-renewable#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Solar Power Storage Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News coal plants energy conversion megawatts short term planning Yes Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Jared Anderson 2161871 at http://theenergycollective.com Five Energy Moments To Be Thankful For In 2014 http://theenergycollective.com/stephanie-kays/2160301/five-energy-moments-be-thankful-2014 As we wind down the year 2014, there have been a few moments – some forward thinking and others outright overdue – in the world of energy that we can look back on and be thankful. Overall, countries around the world took a good step forward in the direction of a cleaner planet.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephanie-kays/2160301/five-energy-moments-be-thankful-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephanie-kays/2160301/five-energy-moments-be-thankful-2014#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Sustainability Climate Cleantech Environment China Energy 2014 progress thanksgiving Yes Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Kays 2160301 at http://theenergycollective.com America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2163251/americas-infrastructure-disinvestment-will-slow-development-sustainable-economy This is the 50th anniversary of New York&#039;s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World&#039;s Fair which took place the same year the bridge opened.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2163251/americas-infrastructure-disinvestment-will-slow-development-sustainable-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2163251/americas-infrastructure-disinvestment-will-slow-development-sustainable-economy#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Efficiency Environmental Policy Public Health Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation aging infrastructure grid modernization sustainable economy utility maintenance Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000 StevenACohen 2163251 at http://theenergycollective.com Why the Phrase 'Energy Leapfrogging' Is Misleading http://theenergycollective.com/catherinewolfram/2163441/why-phrase-energy-leapfrogging-misleading A recent Business Week column on India described, “leapfrogging the nation’s ailing power-distribution infrastructure with solar-powered local networks — the same way mobile-phones have enabled people in poor, remote places to bypass landlines.” But there a difference between cell phones and solar panels.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/catherinewolfram/2163441/why-phrase-energy-leapfrogging-misleading" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/catherinewolfram/2163441/why-phrase-energy-leapfrogging-misleading#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy leapfrogging energy poverty mobile phones solar installations Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 CatherineWolfram 2163441 at http://theenergycollective.com US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest http://theenergycollective.com/jakeschmidt/2161381/us-financial-support-green-climate-fund-americas-interest The U.S. and other countries have pledged resources to help the Green Climate Fund spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3 billion is a serious commitment to helping achieve a climate agreement next year.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jakeschmidt/2161381/us-financial-support-green-climate-fund-americas-interest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jakeschmidt/2161381/us-financial-support-green-climate-fund-americas-interest#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health International Climate Conferences Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation developing countries emissions mitigation Green Climate Fund (GCF) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 JakeSchmidt 2161381 at http://theenergycollective.com Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/2162036/comparison-grid-connected-and-grid-houses Energy efficiency for buildings wasn&#039;t an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/2162036/comparison-grid-connected-and-grid-houses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/2162036/comparison-grid-connected-and-grid-houses#comments Electricity Energy Security Green Building Tech Storage Sustainability Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Nuclear Power Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels home energy management off grid housing Yes Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Willem Post 2162036 at http://theenergycollective.com Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Distributed Solar PV http://theenergycollective.com/schalk-cloete/2148541/seeking-consensus-internalized-costs-distributed-solar-pv This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of distributed solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/schalk-cloete/2148541/seeking-consensus-internalized-costs-distributed-solar-pv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/schalk-cloete/2148541/seeking-consensus-internalized-costs-distributed-solar-pv#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Solar Power Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels internalized cost public debate Seeking Consensus solar pv Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:59:00 +0000 Schalk Cloete 2148541 at http://theenergycollective.com In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/2160296/clean-power-plan-epa-and-states-can-count-advanced-energy-do-more Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/2160296/clean-power-plan-epa-and-states-can-count-advanced-energy-do-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/2160296/clean-power-plan-epa-and-states-can-count-advanced-energy-do-more#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation advanced energy clean power plan environmental protection agency (epa) regulations states Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Matt Stanberry 2160296 at http://theenergycollective.com It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012 http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2161456/it-was-40-billion-cheaper-install-32gw-solar-globally-2013-2012 Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped $28 billion. When scientists say we need a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news. It&#039;s certainly not good by climate action standards. But it&#039;s not as bad as it sounds either.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2161456/it-was-40-billion-cheaper-install-32gw-solar-globally-2013-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2161456/it-was-40-billion-cheaper-install-32gw-solar-globally-2013-2012#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News renewable energy market solar installation solar price drop solar pv Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 StephenLacey 2161456 at http://theenergycollective.com From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada's Ocean Temperatures Approach 4 Degrees Celsius Above Normal http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/2160216/canada-s-coast-coast-coast-ocean-temperatures-approach-4-degrees-celsius-above-nor In view of the unprecedented warming occurring off of the coasts of Canada, more Canadian decision makers as well as interested parties might start considering solutions to the situation, which is likely to soon become a very difficult predicament.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/2160216/canada-s-coast-coast-coast-ocean-temperatures-approach-4-degrees-celsius-above-nor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/2160216/canada-s-coast-coast-coast-ocean-temperatures-approach-4-degrees-celsius-above-nor#comments Energy Security Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy Fuels News canada ocean temps temperature records Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Jim Baird 2160216 at http://theenergycollective.com Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2162376/energy-quotes-day-epa-s-rfs-ineptitude Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2162376/energy-quotes-day-epa-s-rfs-ineptitude" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2162376/energy-quotes-day-epa-s-rfs-ineptitude#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Oil Biofuels Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation energy politics environmental protection agency (epa) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jared Anderson 2162376 at http://theenergycollective.com Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics http://theenergycollective.com/devashree-saha/2163361/sub-national-climate-change-actions-prevail-over-national-politics In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/devashree-saha/2163361/sub-national-climate-change-actions-prevail-over-national-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/devashree-saha/2163361/sub-national-climate-change-actions-prevail-over-national-politics#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation climate change action climate change mitigation congress gridlock localization Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Devashree Saha 2163361 at http://theenergycollective.com Torrefaction via Radio Waves http://theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2161876/torrefaction-radio-waves I have found over the years that the vast majority of biomass to energy projects aren’t economically viable for one reason or another. I have looked at companies that utilize many different conversion technologies, and most of the time my job consisted of searching for fatal flaws of different approaches.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2161876/torrefaction-radio-waves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2161876/torrefaction-radio-waves#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Biofuels Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels biofuel production fuel innovation hawaii radio waves torrefaction Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 RobertRapier 2161876 at http://theenergycollective.com Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2161831/moving-forward-climate-protection-india-engages-world-leaders-phasing-down-h After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2161831/moving-forward-climate-protection-india-engages-world-leaders-phasing-down-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2161831/moving-forward-climate-protection-india-engages-world-leaders-phasing-down-h#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Climate Environmental Policy Public Health Environment International Climate Conferences Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation hydrofluorocarbons (HFC's) india international agreements phase out Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2161831 at http://theenergycollective.com What Does 'Energy Access' Even Mean Anyway? http://theenergycollective.com/pjlevi/2163181/what-does-energy-access-even-mean-anyway What does it mean for a household or business in a developing country to have electricity access? This apparently simple question has a complex and contested answer. How electricity access is defined has important implications for what types of interventions planners design for future electrification progress.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/pjlevi/2163181/what-does-energy-access-even-mean-anyway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/pjlevi/2163181/what-does-energy-access-even-mean-anyway#comments Electricity Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive electrification energy access Energy for Human Development energy poverty Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:59:51 +0000 pjlevi 2163181 at http://theenergycollective.com