The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss/all en More Evidence Global Surface Temperatures Poised To Rise Rapidly http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/441726/faux-pause-3-more-evidence-global-surface-temperatures-poised-rise-rapidly A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent global warming. And that is consistent with recent studies that led one climatologist to say, “Global temperatures look set to rise rapidly.”<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/441726/faux-pause-3-more-evidence-global-surface-temperatures-poised-rise-rapidly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/441726/faux-pause-3-more-evidence-global-surface-temperatures-poised-rise-rapidly#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Storage Climate Environmental Policy Environment Water Risk Management News el nino global temperatures la nina ocean heat sequestration surface temperatures Yes Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 JosephRomm 441726 at http://theenergycollective.com Energy Quote of the Day: On Major Oil Field Development Woes http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/443156/energy-quote-day-major-oil-field-development-woes The hits keep on coming for companies invested in the North Caspian Operating Company, the consortium developing Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil field. One of the world’s largest and most complex oil field development projects, Kashagan has been plagued by delays and cost overruns for years.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/443156/energy-quote-day-major-oil-field-development-woes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/443156/energy-quote-day-major-oil-field-development-woes#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Environment Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy risk kashagan oil field kazakhstan oil field development Yes Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jared Anderson 443156 at http://theenergycollective.com High-Efficiency Planet http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/440741/high-efficiency-planet Dramatic increases in energy efficiency historically have allowed for cheaper energy services, and rather than reducing the amount of energy people used, these improvements increased energy consumption. As such, consumers play an important role in energy transitions.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/440741/high-efficiency-planet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/440741/high-efficiency-planet#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Renewables Risk Management Energy Fuels consumer choices dot earth energy consumption energy efficiency adoption Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:21 +0000 MichaelShellenberger 440741 at http://theenergycollective.com World Oil Production at 3/31/2014: Where are We Headed? http://theenergycollective.com/gail-tverberg/442556/world-oil-production-3312014-where-are-we-headed The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for the next several years. With world oil production, the trend in oil production looks fairly benign, with the trend slightly upward. However, we may be dealing with an unstable situation.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/gail-tverberg/442556/world-oil-production-3312014-where-are-we-headed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/gail-tverberg/442556/world-oil-production-3312014-where-are-we-headed#comments Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Oil Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels future energy planning oil production peak oil world energy Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:57:32 +0000 Gail Tverberg 442556 at http://theenergycollective.com IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption' http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/438951/iea-executive-director-denounces-subsidy-fueled-wasteful-consumption Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently expressed her view that “ending ‘wasteful fossil fuel subsidies’, which may encourage overconsumption of oil and gas, particularly in the Middle East,” still constitutes a big challenge around the world.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/438951/iea-executive-director-denounces-subsidy-fueled-wasteful-consumption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/438951/iea-executive-director-denounces-subsidy-fueled-wasteful-consumption#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Coal Efficiency Oil Environment Risk Management Subsidies Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation (iea) international energy agency changing energy industry fossil fuel subsidies public opinion Yes Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:46 +0000 Roman Kilisek 438951 at http://theenergycollective.com Here's What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/440611/heres-what-utilities-really-think-about-microgrids There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids scattered throughout the country. While many of those projects have proved their value during major storms or extended outages, they are largely custom-engineered and limited to public facilities like schools, hospitals and military bases.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/440611/heres-what-utilities-really-think-about-microgrids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/440611/heres-what-utilities-really-think-about-microgrids#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy News future energy needs microgrids opinion utility companies Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:51 +0000 StephenLacey 440611 at http://theenergycollective.com Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/443176/change-antarctic-sea-ice-trend-not-so-extreme-study-finds A new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one coauthor put it. The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close collapse.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/443176/change-antarctic-sea-ice-trend-not-so-extreme-study-finds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/443176/change-antarctic-sea-ice-trend-not-so-extreme-study-finds#comments Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Environment Water Risk Management News antarctic ice climate trends ice depletion land ice sea ice study Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:45:14 +0000 JosephRomm 443176 at http://theenergycollective.com What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like? http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/440576/what-will-21st-century-grid-look It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days. What will the 21st century grid look like? This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part of the first “Quadrennial Energy Review.”<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/440576/what-will-21st-century-grid-look" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/440576/what-will-21st-century-grid-look#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Electricity Grid Energy and Economy News department of energy (doe) electrical grid future energy investment Quadrennial Energy Review Yes Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:29:31 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 440576 at http://theenergycollective.com Friday Energy Facts: Oil and Natural Gas Sales Accounted for 68% of Russia's Total Export Revenues in 2013 http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/442261/oil-and-natural-gas-sales-accounted-68-russias-total-export-revenues-2013 Russia is a major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Sales of these kinds of fuels accounted for 68 percent of Russia&#039;s total export revenues in the year 2013, based on data from Russia&#039;s Federal Customs Service.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/442261/oil-and-natural-gas-sales-accounted-68-russias-total-export-revenues-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/442261/oil-and-natural-gas-sales-accounted-68-russias-total-export-revenues-2013#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Utilities Oil Environment Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy economics energy exports fossil fuels fuel sales russia Yes Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 442261 at http://theenergycollective.com When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 2: 6 Tips for Improving Climate Change Policy http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/442661/politics-and-climate-policy-part-2-how-improve-politically-constrained-carbon-pr The repeal of Australia’s carbon tax last week put the political obstacles to establishing a price on carbon in stark relief. Yet the news from Canberra is just the most dramatic manifestation of a set of powerful political economy forces that can fundamentally constrain efforts to put a price on carbon.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/442661/politics-and-climate-policy-part-2-how-improve-politically-constrained-carbon-pr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/442661/politics-and-climate-policy-part-2-how-improve-politically-constrained-carbon-pr#comments Cap-and-Trade Carbon and De-carbonization Climate Environmental Policy Environment Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Politics & Legislation cap and trade carbon tax climate policy Full Spectrum Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:13 +0000 JesseJenkins 442661 at http://theenergycollective.com The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity http://theenergycollective.com/eliashinckley/442426/great-electric-company-growth-opportunity Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/eliashinckley/442426/great-electric-company-growth-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/eliashinckley/442426/great-electric-company-growth-opportunity#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Oil Finance Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels business models electric vehicles (ev's) utility business Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:28:40 +0000 EliasHinckley 442426 at http://theenergycollective.com What We Don't Know About Economic Climate Change Impacts http://theenergycollective.com/maxauffhammer/442701/what-we-dont-know-about-economic-climate-change-impacts Relatively recent econometric literature examines the impact of weather/climate on a variety of outcomes of economic interest. In order to provide an estimate of a climate impact you need two things: An estimate of how a sector responds to a change in weather/climate and projections of future climate.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/maxauffhammer/442701/what-we-dont-know-about-economic-climate-change-impacts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/maxauffhammer/442701/what-we-dont-know-about-economic-climate-change-impacts#comments Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels climate change economics climate change effects climate risk management energy risk Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:47:26 +0000 MaxAuffhammer 442701 at http://theenergycollective.com Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/442561/sure-utility-business-model-changing-not-so-fast The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/442561/sure-utility-business-model-changing-not-so-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/442561/sure-utility-business-model-changing-not-so-fast#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels business models energy industry change utility death spiral utility industry Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:32 +0000 Jared Anderson 442561 at http://theenergycollective.com 'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone http://theenergycollective.com/guayjguay/440526/pay-you-go-solar-financing-hits-new-milestone From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have been trickling in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market&#039;s version of a &quot;solar lease&quot; -- is driving record sales. Now, we can add one more data point to add to the mounting evidence.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/guayjguay/440526/pay-you-go-solar-financing-hits-new-milestone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/guayjguay/440526/pay-you-go-solar-financing-hits-new-milestone#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Public Health Finance Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News business models energy poverty future energy needs pay-as-you-go solar Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:47:45 +0000 Guay_JGuay 440526 at http://theenergycollective.com Solar and Other Renewables Maintain Lead in U.S. Generating Capacity Installed http://theenergycollective.com/rosana-francescato/442706/solar-and-other-renewables-maintain-lead-us-generating-capacity-installed The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that renewable energy sources provided 55.7% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in the first half of 2014, with solar coming in at 1,131 MW. The trend is expected to continue, both in the U.S. and globally.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rosana-francescato/442706/solar-and-other-renewables-maintain-lead-us-generating-capacity-installed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rosana-francescato/442706/solar-and-other-renewables-maintain-lead-us-generating-capacity-installed#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News generating capacity solar energy installation solar industry growth Yes Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:49:17 +0000 Rosana Francescato 442706 at http://theenergycollective.com The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/434486/coming-storage-boom-project-proposals-nearly-double-californias-storage-target California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper. Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up every two years.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/434486/coming-storage-boom-project-proposals-nearly-double-californias-storage-target" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/434486/coming-storage-boom-project-proposals-nearly-double-californias-storage-target#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Smart Grid Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation califoria energy storage industry future energy planning Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:46:12 +0000 JeffStJohn 434486 at http://theenergycollective.com Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/442616/building-climate-resilient-communities-state-revolving-funds Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/442616/building-climate-resilient-communities-state-revolving-funds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/442616/building-climate-resilient-communities-state-revolving-funds#comments Tech Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy News Politics & Legislation aging infrastructure climate risk energy and water resiliency Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 442616 at http://theenergycollective.com Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund? http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/439441/should-us-implement-new-value-added-carbon-tax-replenish-federal-highway-trust-fun As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’?<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/439441/should-us-implement-new-value-added-carbon-tax-replenish-federal-highway-trust-fun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jemillerep/439441/should-us-implement-new-value-added-carbon-tax-replenish-federal-highway-trust-fun#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Utilities Climate Coal Environmental Policy Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels News Politics & Legislation carbon tax Energy and Policy Developments federal funding highway trust fund taxes Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:28:04 +0000 JEMiller_EP 439441 at http://theenergycollective.com Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule http://theenergycollective.com/ari-peskoe/439281/power-over-pollution-how-legal-enforceability-will-drive-implementation-epa-s-powe Under EPA&#039;s Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/ari-peskoe/439281/power-over-pollution-how-legal-enforceability-will-drive-implementation-epa-s-powe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/ari-peskoe/439281/power-over-pollution-how-legal-enforceability-will-drive-implementation-epa-s-powe#comments Cap-and-Trade Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Utilities Climate Coal Environmental Policy Energy Collective Exclusive Politics & Legislation emissions regulation enforcement environmental protection agency (epa) legal authority power plant regulation Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:17:46 +0000 Ari Peskoe 439281 at http://theenergycollective.com High-Energy Africa http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/440746/high-energy-africa Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/440746/high-energy-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/michaelshellenberger/440746/high-energy-africa#comments Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Utilities Climate Coal Cleantech Public Health Environment Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels africa developing countries energy industry development energy poverty Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:51:03 +0000 MichaelShellenberger 440746 at http://theenergycollective.com