The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en It's Time to Implement Good Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs in Your State http://theenergycollective.com/aceee/2322274/it-s-time-implement-good-industrial-energy-efficiency-programs-your-state The industrial sector represents a big opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. In general, investments in energy efficiency lower operating costs for manufacturers, which increases their productivity and improves competitiveness.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/aceee/2322274/it-s-time-implement-good-industrial-energy-efficiency-programs-your-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/aceee/2322274/it-s-time-implement-good-industrial-energy-efficiency-programs-your-state#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels energy efficiency industry standards manufacturing Yes Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000 ACEEE 2322274 at http://theenergycollective.com Green Homes Yield Major Resale Premiums in Washington, D.C. http://theenergycollective.com/usgbc/2322101/green-homes-yield-major-resale-premiums-washington-dc High-performing homes (HPHs) with green features—both single- and multi-family—in the District sell for nearly 3.5 percent more than those without green features, according to a recently released report by real estate appraiser and author Sandra K. Adomatis and the Institute for Market Transformation.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/usgbc/2322101/green-homes-yield-major-resale-premiums-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/usgbc/2322101/green-homes-yield-major-resale-premiums-washington-dc#comments Energy Security Green Building Sustainability Environmental Policy Cleantech Finance Renewables Energy and Economy Fuels green homes home efficiency home value Yes Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 USGBC 2322101 at http://theenergycollective.com Advanced Electric Water Heaters Could Save Money and Cut Pollution http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322264/advanced-electric-water-heaters-could-save-money-and-cut-pollution The humble water heater used to heat water for bathing and washing dishes in America&#039;s homes also may be a promising new tool for cutting residential utility bills, promoting clean energy, and strengthening the reliability of the power grid.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322264/advanced-electric-water-heaters-could-save-money-and-cut-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322264/advanced-electric-water-heaters-could-save-money-and-cut-pollution#comments Electricity Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Finance Water Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News home efficiency water heater Yes Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2322264 at http://theenergycollective.com A New Start for the Energy Collective http://theenergycollective.com/aweiner/2321494/new-start-energy-collective The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/aweiner/2321494/new-start-energy-collective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/aweiner/2321494/new-start-energy-collective#comments Communications and Messaging Energy Energy Collective Exclusive News TEC Recognition announcement ownership TEC the energy collective Yes Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:59:59 +0000 aweiner 2321494 at http://theenergycollective.com Insights in Resilience: Climate Change and Human Health http://theenergycollective.com/emazzacurati/2322127/insights-resilience-climate-change-and-human-health The healthcare sector is often the first to witness the impacts of poor air quality, extreme weather, and other climate hazards on the health of the community. From heat waves to floods and exposure to rapidly spreading vector borne illnesses, the nexus of climate change and human health gets stronger every day.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/emazzacurati/2322127/insights-resilience-climate-change-and-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/emazzacurati/2322127/insights-resilience-climate-change-and-human-health#comments Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Fuels News air pollution climate change effects extreme weather public health risk Yes Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:17:37 +0000 emazzacurati 2322127 at http://theenergycollective.com Why 7 Years Of Low Natural Gas Prices Haven't Brought Down Electricity Prices http://theenergycollective.com/microgrid-media/2321563/why-7-years-low-natural-gas-prices-havent-brought-down-electricity-prices After peaking in 2008, the collapse of natural gas prices theoretically saved Americans nearly $250 billion over 3 years. Had the net savings been a stimulus package, the first year alone would have actually been the second biggest in history.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/microgrid-media/2321563/why-7-years-low-natural-gas-prices-havent-brought-down-electricity-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/microgrid-media/2321563/why-7-years-low-natural-gas-prices-havent-brought-down-electricity-prices#comments Electricity Natural Gas Smart Grid Utilities Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy consumer costs electricity pricing natural gas prices Yes Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:28:52 +0000 Microgrid Media 2321563 at http://theenergycollective.com Supreme Court Stays CPP While Senate Halts Energy Bill http://theenergycollective.com/frank-swigonski/2322294/supreme-court-stays-cpp-while-senate-halts-energy-bill This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan until the pending litigation against the rule is resolved, including any appeal to the high court. This means the rule will be in legal limbo until the Supreme Court rules on the merits of the case.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/frank-swigonski/2322294/supreme-court-stays-cpp-while-senate-halts-energy-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/frank-swigonski/2322294/supreme-court-stays-cpp-while-senate-halts-energy-bill#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Oil Green Business Public Health Environment Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation clean power plan US Supreme Court Yes Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:24:22 +0000 Matt Stanberry 2322294 at http://theenergycollective.com Electricity Usage In Texas Grew In 2015 Led By Renewables http://theenergycollective.com/vault/2321853/electricity-usage-texas-grew-2015-led-renewables ERCOT, the Texas electricity authority, reported an increase in total system-wide electricity usage for 2015. This is due in large part to record breaking summer demand for power which saw a peak demand record of almost 70,000 megawatts.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/vault/2321853/electricity-usage-texas-grew-2015-led-renewables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/vault/2321853/electricity-usage-texas-grew-2015-led-renewables#comments Electricity Energy Security Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Wind Renewables Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News electric reliability council of texas (ercot) renewables growth texas Yes Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:47:57 +0000 vault 2321853 at http://theenergycollective.com Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs and Clean Energy Competition http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2322275/good-policy-gone-bad-how-nevada-killed-jobs-and-clean-energy-competition If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2322275/good-policy-gone-bad-how-nevada-killed-jobs-and-clean-energy-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2322275/good-policy-gone-bad-how-nevada-killed-jobs-and-clean-energy-competition#comments Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation lobbying nevada solar industry development state policy Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:03:32 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2322275 at http://theenergycollective.com Natural Gas Use for Power Generation Higher This Winter http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2322157/natural-gas-use-power-generation-higher-winter So far this winter, natural gas consumption in the electric power sector (gas burn) has been higher than in any previous winter. According to Bentek Energy, gas burn in the electric power sector has averaged 25.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) so far this winter, November 1st through February 8th.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2322157/natural-gas-use-power-generation-higher-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2322157/natural-gas-use-power-generation-higher-winter#comments Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Energy Fuels News natural gas consumption winter Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 2322157 at http://theenergycollective.com Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Project Gathering Steam http://theenergycollective.com/bengrid/2321760/cadiz-valley-water-conservation-project-gathering-steam What if there was an abundant source of pure water under the desert sands? There is. Beneath the scorched earth of a western desert lies a supply of water greater than that contained in North America&#039;s Lake Mead. The problem is that much of this water is either inaccessible, unusable, or is being lost to evaporation.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/bengrid/2321760/cadiz-valley-water-conservation-project-gathering-steam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/bengrid/2321760/cadiz-valley-water-conservation-project-gathering-steam#comments Storage Sustainability Cleantech Environment Water News california desert drinking water water conservation Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:17:02 +0000 bengrid 2321760 at http://theenergycollective.com NRG Gets Licenses for STP Twin ABWRs, but Little Hope to Build Them http://theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2322272/nrg-gets-licenses-stp-twin-abwrs-little-hope-build-them The NRC has cleared the way for the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses for Nuclear Innovation North America’s South Texas Project site in Texas. The project involves twin 1350 MW ABWR nuclear reactors. The NRC certified the ABWR design in 1997.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2322272/nrg-gets-licenses-stp-twin-abwrs-little-hope-build-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/dan-yurman/2322272/nrg-gets-licenses-stp-twin-abwrs-little-hope-build-them#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Cleantech Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News licensing nuclear construction nuclear regulatory commission (nrc) texas Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:08:32 +0000 Dan Yurman 2322272 at http://theenergycollective.com Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh: "It's an Exciting Time to be in Nuclear Engineering." http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321840/dr-rachel-slaybaugh-it-s-exciting-time-be-nuclear-engineering During the Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase, there was a terrific conversation about a growing excitement among students studying nuclear engineering, among more established members of the nuclear community, and among other people who are passionate about helping to save the world.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321840/dr-rachel-slaybaugh-it-s-exciting-time-be-nuclear-engineering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321840/dr-rachel-slaybaugh-it-s-exciting-time-be-nuclear-engineering#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News future energy planning nuclear engineering nuclear industry development Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:18:19 +0000 RodAdams 2321840 at http://theenergycollective.com Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322057/using-big-data-help-solve-big-building-energy-problem Big Data isn&#039;t just an impressive show of new technology, it&#039;s a way to solve problems. In fact, quantitative analysis in the digital age - done in a scientific way to build objective evidence - has been called the best and most powerful instrument for the creation of good policy and social progress.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322057/using-big-data-help-solve-big-building-energy-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322057/using-big-data-help-solve-big-building-energy-problem#comments Electricity Energy Security Green Building Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels big data building efficiency Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2322057 at http://theenergycollective.com Clean Power Progress Will Continue http://theenergycollective.com/seidel/2322266/clean-power-progress-will-continue The Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan may slow, but certainly does not stop, progress toward a cleaner power system in the U.S. There’s no telling how the legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan, which were always expected, will ultimately play out. But there are a few important points to keep in mind.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/seidel/2322266/clean-power-progress-will-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/seidel/2322266/clean-power-progress-will-continue#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation clean power plan court ruling US Supreme Court Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:40:20 +0000 BobPerciasepe 2322266 at http://theenergycollective.com ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry http://theenergycollective.com/billsquadron/2322239/icao-proposes-carbon-emissions-standard-aviation-industry Today the aviation industry is responsible for about two percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due to rapid industry growth.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/billsquadron/2322239/icao-proposes-carbon-emissions-standard-aviation-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/billsquadron/2322239/icao-proposes-carbon-emissions-standard-aviation-industry#comments Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Transportation aviation emissions emissions standards regulations Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:00:20 +0000 BillSquadron 2322239 at http://theenergycollective.com Resilient Hospitals: Using Climate Data for Better Healthcare Planning http://theenergycollective.com/emazzacurati/2322242/resilient-hospitals-using-climate-data-better-healthcare-planning Climate change increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and conditions – from asthma to vector diseases — likely to increase demand for healthcare. However, most hospitals have yet to integrate local climate change projections into their risk management and planning processes.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/emazzacurati/2322242/resilient-hospitals-using-climate-data-better-healthcare-planning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/emazzacurati/2322242/resilient-hospitals-using-climate-data-better-healthcare-planning#comments Energy Security Tech Storage Utilities Climate Efficiency Cleantech Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Fuels climate research extreme weather healthcare and climate Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:39:22 +0000 emazzacurati 2322242 at http://theenergycollective.com The Torch of 2011 Revisited http://theenergycollective.com/charlesbarton/2322224/torch-2011-revisited This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,&quot;Can I survive climate change energy solutions?&quot; I realized during that time that low cost, dispatchable electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/charlesbarton/2322224/torch-2011-revisited" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/charlesbarton/2322224/torch-2011-revisited#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation air conditioning global warming effects Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:10:40 +0000 CharlesBarton 2322224 at http://theenergycollective.com New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322153/new-yorks-first-emissions-regulations-distributed-generation-will-slash-dies The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting comments on its proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations will establish New York&#039;s first limits on two types of pollution emitted from distributed, onsite generation sources like diesel-powered generators. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322153/new-yorks-first-emissions-regulations-distributed-generation-will-slash-dies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2322153/new-yorks-first-emissions-regulations-distributed-generation-will-slash-dies#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation air pollution diesel fuel emissions reduction New York state regulations Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:52:44 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2322153 at http://theenergycollective.com Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2321958/feeling-gridlocked-new-report-grades-state-power-systems-and-inspires-modernizat The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2321958/feeling-gridlocked-new-report-grades-state-power-systems-and-inspires-modernizat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2321958/feeling-gridlocked-new-report-grades-state-power-systems-and-inspires-modernizat#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Finance Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News grid modernization report state policy Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:50:41 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2321958 at http://theenergycollective.com