The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/463596/demand-response-core-energy-savings-large-office-building-chicago Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/463596/demand-response-core-energy-savings-large-office-building-chicago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/463596/demand-response-core-energy-savings-large-office-building-chicago#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Green Business Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels building efficiency chicago demand response energy efficiency and business Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 463596 at http://theenergycollective.com Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/468266/price-us-wind-power-all-time-low-25-cents-kilowatt-hour A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That&#039;s cheap power.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/468266/price-us-wind-power-all-time-low-25-cents-kilowatt-hour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/468266/price-us-wind-power-all-time-low-25-cents-kilowatt-hour#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Wind Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels department of energy (doe) energy prices renewables markets Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Eric Wesoff 468266 at http://theenergycollective.com The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/471011/importance-right-renewable-energy-support-policies-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.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/471011/importance-right-renewable-energy-support-policies-right-stage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/471011/importance-right-renewable-energy-support-policies-right-stage#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels energy policy renewable support renewables and efficiency Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Roman Kilisek 471011 at http://theenergycollective.com Russia-China Deal Will Supply Siberian Natural Gas to China's Northern, Eastern Provinces http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/470001/russia-china-deal-will-supply-siberian-natural-gas-chinas-northern-eastern-prov China&#039;s natural gas demand has been growing as the government seeks to move away from coal in favor of cleaner fuels. According to EIA&#039;s International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) Reference case, demand will more than triple from 5.2 Tcf in 2012 to 17.5 Tcf by 2040.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/470001/russia-china-deal-will-supply-siberian-natural-gas-chinas-northern-eastern-prov" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/470001/russia-china-deal-will-supply-siberian-natural-gas-chinas-northern-eastern-prov#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Utilities Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News china natural gas economy natural gas exports russia Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 470001 at http://theenergycollective.com More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/469951/more-non-nuclear-prescriptions-shell Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced ads aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/469951/more-non-nuclear-prescriptions-shell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/469951/more-non-nuclear-prescriptions-shell#comments Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Oil Nuclear Power Public Health Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels future energy investment nuclear industry development shell oil Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 469951 at http://theenergycollective.com Brace Yourself for Solargeddon http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/466631/brace-yourself-solargeddon OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/466631/brace-yourself-solargeddon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/466631/brace-yourself-solargeddon#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Environment Green Jobs Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation australia solar RET solar policy Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:00:00 +0000 SolarBusiness 466631 at http://theenergycollective.com Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies? http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/467616/are-reverse-auctions-key-reforming-solar-energy-subsidies The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/467616/are-reverse-auctions-key-reforming-solar-energy-subsidies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/467616/are-reverse-auctions-key-reforming-solar-energy-subsidies#comments Electricity Tech Solar Power Environmental Policy Cleantech Renewables Subsidies Energy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels Politics & Legislation australia energy policy feed-in tariffs Full Spectrum Yes Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:59:00 +0000 JesseJenkins 467616 at http://theenergycollective.com Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/469921/jet-stream-changes-driving-extreme-weather-linked-again-global-warming-arctic-ice- California is suffering through drought, while the East Coast sees flooding. Both are worsened by global warming. But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that’s also linked to global warming.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/469921/jet-stream-changes-driving-extreme-weather-linked-again-global-warming-arctic-ice-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/469921/jet-stream-changes-driving-extreme-weather-linked-again-global-warming-arctic-ice-#comments Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy and Economy News extreme weather global warming ice loss jet stream Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 JosephRomm 469921 at http://theenergycollective.com Developing New Light and Energy Technologies http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/469961/developing-new-light-and-energy-technologies Silvija Gradečak has big intentions for small ingredients. The associate professor of materials science and engineering focuses on energy-conversion and light-harvesting through the use of nanomaterials. It’s at these microscopic scales that she can customize components, meld parts, and create new materials.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/469961/developing-new-light-and-energy-technologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/469961/developing-new-light-and-energy-technologies#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Energy Fuels News mit new materials technological innovation Yes Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 EnergyAtMIT 469961 at http://theenergycollective.com Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/469561/advanced-energy-technology-week-combined-heat-and-power-chp Combined Heat and Power, also called cogeneration, generates both electricity and useful heat from the same fuel source. CHP typically involves dedicated equipment to generate electricity, followed by recovery of exhaust/waste heat for use in industrial processes, space heating, or water heating.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/469561/advanced-energy-technology-week-combined-heat-and-power-chp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/469561/advanced-energy-technology-week-combined-heat-and-power-chp#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Energy and Economy Fuels building efficiency Combined Heat and Power energy waste heat loss Yes Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Matt Stanberry 469561 at http://theenergycollective.com The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/468376/argument-why-utilities-should-give-operational-control-distribution-grid Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission&#039;s ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/468376/argument-why-utilities-should-give-operational-control-distribution-grid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/468376/argument-why-utilities-should-give-operational-control-distribution-grid#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy News Politics & Legislation distribution grid new york operation control Utility Regulation Yes Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 StephenLacey 468376 at http://theenergycollective.com Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/469196/sustainability-reconfiguring-relationship-between-humanity-energy-and-natural- 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 century.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/469196/sustainability-reconfiguring-relationship-between-humanity-energy-and-natural-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/469196/sustainability-reconfiguring-relationship-between-humanity-energy-and-natural-#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Public Health Environment Green Jobs Water Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels 21st century global sustainability natural resources public attitudes zeitgeist Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Roman Kilisek 469196 at http://theenergycollective.com To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest http://theenergycollective.com/ecsjessica/469291/fight-climate-change-we-have-save-rainforest Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/ecsjessica/469291/fight-climate-change-we-have-save-rainforest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/ecsjessica/469291/fight-climate-change-we-have-save-rainforest#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Agriculture Recycling Environment Biofuels Water Risk Management Fuels Politics & Legislation climate change mitigation natural resources rainforests Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:00:00 +0000 EcsJessica 469291 at http://theenergycollective.com Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch http://theenergycollective.com/silviomarcacci/469236/renewable-energy-could-hit-36-global-energy-use-theres-biomass-catch Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/silviomarcacci/469236/renewable-energy-could-hit-36-global-energy-use-theres-biomass-catch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/silviomarcacci/469236/renewable-energy-could-hit-36-global-energy-use-theres-biomass-catch#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Biofuels Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels biomass changing energy industry Green Growth measurement renewables growth Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:59:00 +0000 SilvioMarcacci 469236 at http://theenergycollective.com Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California's Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/463686/regulators-approve-major-upgrades-californias-largest-low-income-energy-effic The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/463686/regulators-approve-major-upgrades-californias-largest-low-income-energy-effic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/463686/regulators-approve-major-upgrades-californias-largest-low-income-energy-effic#comments Electricity Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Public Health Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation califoria energy poverty home energy savings low-income customers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 463686 at http://theenergycollective.com Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success" http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/469096/utility-20-ny-utility-regulators-should-consider-change-formula-success Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/469096/utility-20-ny-utility-regulators-should-consider-change-formula-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/469096/utility-20-ny-utility-regulators-should-consider-change-formula-success#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News new york regulators utility future Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 469096 at http://theenergycollective.com Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce http://theenergycollective.com/danliggett/469061/building-skills-among-renewable-industries-workforce With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/danliggett/469061/building-skills-among-renewable-industries-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/danliggett/469061/building-skills-among-renewable-industries-workforce#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Solar Power Sustainability Climate Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Wind Biofuels Finance Renewables Geothermal Energy Wave & Tidal Hydro Power Energy and Economy cleantech workforce renewables industry development skill retention Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 dan.liggett 469061 at http://theenergycollective.com Data Analytics: What Utilities Are Investing in Now http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/466561/data-analytics-what-utilities-are-investing-now Are data analytics the most important frontier for utilities seeking to modernize their businesses? Or, it just another buzz phrase pushed by companies selling software? GTM Research has been collecting some hard data on the subject, through its Grid Edge Deployment Tracker data service.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/466561/data-analytics-what-utilities-are-investing-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/466561/data-analytics-what-utilities-are-investing-now#comments Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Electricity Grid Energy and Economy big data data analytics energy investment utilities and data Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 JeffStJohn 466561 at http://theenergycollective.com A Quiet Confession: China Cuts 2020 Shale Gas Goals in Half   http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/468331/quiet-confession-china-cuts-2020-shale-gas-goals-half China quietly cut its 2020 goals for shale gas, a goal that was so ambitious that few took the number seriously. The goal – to ramp up from zero commercial production of shale gas to 60-80 billion cubic meters by 2020 – was met with skepticism both inside and outside China when first announced.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/468331/quiet-confession-china-cuts-2020-shale-gas-goals-half" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/468331/quiet-confession-china-cuts-2020-shale-gas-goals-half#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Utilities Finance China Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News china development future energy planning shale gas development Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 KateRChrisman 468331 at http://theenergycollective.com From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers http://theenergycollective.com/peterlehner/467326/orlando-epa-innovative-strategies-cut-carbon-pollution-and-save-money-cities-busi Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/peterlehner/467326/orlando-epa-innovative-strategies-cut-carbon-pollution-and-save-money-cities-busi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/peterlehner/467326/orlando-epa-innovative-strategies-cut-carbon-pollution-and-save-money-cities-busi#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation carbon mitigation energy savings environmental protection agency (epa) states Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:00:00 +0000 PeterLehner 467326 at http://theenergycollective.com