The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en $200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/2145896/200-million-more-flows-residential-solar-loans-through-sungage-and-mosaic Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/2145896/200-million-more-flows-residential-solar-loans-through-sungage-and-mosaic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/2145896/200-million-more-flows-residential-solar-loans-through-sungage-and-mosaic#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels residential solar solar loans Yes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Eric Wesoff 2145896 at http://theenergycollective.com Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA http://theenergycollective.com/lexie-briggs/2145491/news-get-ready-get-set-go-offshore-wind-usa Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment that so many of us have long been waiting for may have actually, finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off now. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and it is approaching fast.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/lexie-briggs/2145491/news-get-ready-get-set-go-offshore-wind-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/lexie-briggs/2145491/news-get-ready-get-set-go-offshore-wind-usa#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Wind Finance Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation clean energy development offshore wind united states Yes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Lexie Briggs 2145491 at http://theenergycollective.com Great Visualization of Our Energy and Carbon Consumption and Emissions [VIDEO] http://theenergycollective.com/noahdeich/2145766/great-visualization-our-energy-and-carbon-consumption-and-emissions A future dependent on fossil fuels does not have to be an inevitability. We can drastically reduce fossil fuel use through aggressive R&amp;D programs and policy support for low carbon solutions. This path will fraught with many challenges, but we should rise to them.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/noahdeich/2145766/great-visualization-our-energy-and-carbon-consumption-and-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/noahdeich/2145766/great-visualization-our-energy-and-carbon-consumption-and-emissions#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels carbon capture and storage (ccs) carbon consumption emissions mitigation Yes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000 noah.deich 2145766 at http://theenergycollective.com Lower Electricity-Related CO2 Emissions Reflect Lower Carbon Intensity and Electricity Use http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2147071/lower-electricity-related-co2-emissions-reflect-lower-carbon-intensity-and-ele U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five of the past eight years. This trend has been led by emissions reductions in the electric power sector. Electricity demand growth has been lower than in the past and at the same time the power sector has become less carbon intensive.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2147071/lower-electricity-related-co2-emissions-reflect-lower-carbon-intensity-and-ele" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2147071/lower-electricity-related-co2-emissions-reflect-lower-carbon-intensity-and-ele#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Utilities Coal Environmental Policy Oil Environment Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News carbon emissions Carbon Intensity energy consumption Yes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 2147071 at http://theenergycollective.com Clean and Reliable, But Not so Cheap: Is the Nuclear Renaissance About to Get a Reboot in the UK? http://theenergycollective.com/okerr/2146781/clean-and-reliable-not-so-cheap-nuclear-renaissance-about-get-reboot-uk &quot;Nothing that comes after will be able to detract from the importance of this first great step forward.&quot; Here Sir Edwin Plowden is referring not to the UK’s latest foray into nuclear power, but rather to the grand opening of Britain’s first atomic plant more than half a century previously, in October 1956.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/okerr/2146781/clean-and-reliable-not-so-cheap-nuclear-renaissance-about-get-reboot-uk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/okerr/2146781/clean-and-reliable-not-so-cheap-nuclear-renaissance-about-get-reboot-uk#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels News Politics & Legislation (UK) United Kingdom New Energy Voices nuclear power plants Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 okerr 2146781 at http://theenergycollective.com Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2146736/political-battles-hampering-function-important-agency The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it has become a political battle ground.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2146736/political-battles-hampering-function-important-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2146736/political-battles-hampering-function-important-agency#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Nuclear Power Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation energy politics energy regulations nuclear regulatory commission (nrc) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2146736 at http://theenergycollective.com Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2144216/heading-right-direction-shenzhen-pushes-green-shipping We can celebrate a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of the world’s third busiest port also produce an incredible amount of environmentally damaging exhaust.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2144216/heading-right-direction-shenzhen-pushes-green-shipping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2144216/heading-right-direction-shenzhen-pushes-green-shipping#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Natural Gas Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Green Business Environment Water China Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation china global greening green shipping shenzhen shipping costs Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2144216 at http://theenergycollective.com How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 2 http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/2145131/how-electricity-industry-blocking-solar-australia-part-2 Go to any hardware store, flea market or electronics clearance shop and you can buy a vast array of ultra cheap, horrendously poor quality loads. The utility attitude to these devices at a residential and even some commercial levels is simple – “Go son, go!”<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/2145131/how-electricity-industry-blocking-solar-australia-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/2145131/how-electricity-industry-blocking-solar-australia-part-2#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation asutralia energy competition solar industry growth Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 SolarBusiness 2145131 at http://theenergycollective.com Getting the Salt Out http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/2146266/getting-salt-out The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/2146266/getting-salt-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/2146266/getting-salt-out#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels desalination energy and water fracking and water mit Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 EnergyAtMIT 2146266 at http://theenergycollective.com SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2145116/solarcity-nest-energy-regulators-open-grid Rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, smart thermostats, home automation. All are sources of energy, capacity, and reliability for the power grid. So say the engineers who’ve built them -- and so say the customers buying them. Now if only the regulators would move as fast as the engineers and customers.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2145116/solarcity-nest-energy-regulators-open-grid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2145116/solarcity-nest-energy-regulators-open-grid#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation electricity regulation grid integration grid modernization renewables integration Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 JeffStJohn 2145116 at http://theenergycollective.com Grid Modernization and Public Lands http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2146096/grid-modernization-and-public-lands During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a proponent of sustainable energy development. While there has seldom been conflict between these two goals, the overshadowing issue of global climate change has forced them together in unexpected ways.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2146096/grid-modernization-and-public-lands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2146096/grid-modernization-and-public-lands#comments Energy Security Tech Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy environmental risk grid modernization public land Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2146096 at http://theenergycollective.com Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2145076/benefits-clean-power-plan-are-measureable-drop-drop Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2145076/benefits-clean-power-plan-are-measureable-drop-drop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2145076/benefits-clean-power-plan-are-measureable-drop-drop#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation clean power plan environmental protection agency (epa) measurement public opinion Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Kate Zerrenner 2145076 at http://theenergycollective.com Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies? http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/2146151/are-declining-oil-prices-increasing-risks-opec-us-energy-security-or-clean-fuels- The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/2146151/are-declining-oil-prices-increasing-risks-opec-us-energy-security-or-clean-fuels-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/2146151/are-declining-oil-prices-increasing-risks-opec-us-energy-security-or-clean-fuels-#comments Energy Security Sustainability Cleantech Oil Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels News clean fuel Energy and Policy Developments oil price collapse opec Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 JEMiller_EP 2146151 at http://theenergycollective.com Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly http://theenergycollective.com/prfd1/2146776/will-improved-energy-efficiency-lead-increased-energy-consumption-developing-world-qui A new report from the US Breakthrough Institute provides evidence that historical improvements in the energy efficiency of lighting, steel and electricity production have led to greater energy consumption that would have been the case in the absence of those improvements.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/prfd1/2146776/will-improved-energy-efficiency-lead-increased-energy-consumption-developing-world-qui" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/prfd1/2146776/will-improved-energy-efficiency-lead-increased-energy-consumption-developing-world-qui#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation energy consumption energy efficiency effects rebound effects Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 prfd1 2146776 at http://theenergycollective.com A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/2144931/proactive-energy-production Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, &#039;Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge&#039; says in a Scientific American article, &quot;The climate change problem requires a climate change solution.”<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/2144931/proactive-energy-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jim-baird/2144931/proactive-energy-production#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Environment Water Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News bridge fuel climate change mitigation energy strategy natural gas bridge Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Baird 2144931 at http://theenergycollective.com Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas? http://theenergycollective.com/guayjguay/2146121/are-us-taxpayer-dollars-supporting-coal-industry-human-rights-violations-overseas A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, &#039;The U.S. Export-Import Bank&#039;s Dirty Dollars,&#039; on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/guayjguay/2146121/are-us-taxpayer-dollars-supporting-coal-industry-human-rights-violations-overseas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/guayjguay/2146121/are-us-taxpayer-dollars-supporting-coal-industry-human-rights-violations-overseas#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Coal Finance Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation coal industry human rights india tax funding U.S. Export-Import Bank Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Guay_JGuay 2146121 at http://theenergycollective.com Industry Input Sought by New Wind-Energy Research Center http://theenergycollective.com/umass-lowell-wind-energy/2144591/nsf-funding-powers-new-wind-energy-research-center A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy development together in an attempt to solve mutual problems and advance the field. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/umass-lowell-wind-energy/2144591/nsf-funding-powers-new-wind-energy-research-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/umass-lowell-wind-energy/2144591/nsf-funding-powers-new-wind-energy-research-center#comments Electricity Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Environment Wind Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy research renewables development wind energy development Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Christine Gillette 2144591 at http://theenergycollective.com Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2145426/call-action-intensifies-multiple-directions-epa-needs-regulate-methane-pollution Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2145426/call-action-intensifies-multiple-directions-epa-needs-regulate-methane-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2145426/call-action-intensifies-multiple-directions-epa-needs-regulate-methane-pollution#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Oil Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation emissions regulation environmental protection agency (epa) methane emissions Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2145426 at http://theenergycollective.com Plug In Hybrid: Saving Carbon and Dollars? http://theenergycollective.com/maxauffhammer/2146406/plug-hybrid-saving-carbon-and-dollars I&#039;m in the market for a new car. At a recent visit to a dealer I was confronted with the choice between the regular hybrid-electric version of the C-Max (think standard Prius but made in the USA!) and the plug-in hybrid electric version of the same model. The difference between the two is the plug-in, well, plugs in.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/maxauffhammer/2146406/plug-hybrid-saving-carbon-and-dollars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/maxauffhammer/2146406/plug-hybrid-saving-carbon-and-dollars#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels alternative vehicles decarbonization energy savings plug-in hybrid electric vehicles Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000 MaxAuffhammer 2146406 at http://theenergycollective.com Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2145916/why-we-are-working-colleagues-china-develop-sustainability-metrics I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2145916/why-we-are-working-colleagues-china-develop-sustainability-metrics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2145916/why-we-are-working-colleagues-china-develop-sustainability-metrics#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech International Climate Conferences Risk Management China Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News china environmental regulation global sustainability metrics Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 StevenACohen 2145916 at http://theenergycollective.com