The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en The Impact of the Global 'Sweet' Crude Bulge http://theenergycollective.com/geoffrey-styles/2144551/impact-global-sweet-crude-bulge When the US went to war in 2003, the price of oil embarked on a trend that took it from around $30 per barrel to nearly $150 before collapsing in 2008. This time, as a new US-led coalition takes on ISIS with a bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, the price of oil is falling, down 20% in the last two months.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/geoffrey-styles/2144551/impact-global-sweet-crude-bulge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/geoffrey-styles/2144551/impact-global-sweet-crude-bulge#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Oil Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation bulge crude oil oil price collapse sweet crude world oil supply Yes Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Geoffrey Styles 2144551 at http://theenergycollective.com Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere http://theenergycollective.com/alextrembath/2144596/innovation-needed-gas-bridge-somewhere A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/alextrembath/2144596/innovation-needed-gas-bridge-somewhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/alextrembath/2144596/innovation-needed-gas-bridge-somewhere#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Solar Power Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Nuclear Power Environment Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News bridge fuel displacement energy future natural gas boom Yes Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 AlexTrembath 2144596 at http://theenergycollective.com Still No Sign of the Rational Middle? http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/2145261/still-no-sign-rational-middle Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future.&quot;<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/2145261/still-no-sign-rational-middle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/2145261/still-no-sign-rational-middle#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation abbott government australia coal industry energy news energy politics Yes Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 DavidHone 2145261 at http://theenergycollective.com EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October 2014 [VIDEO] http://theenergycollective.com/vieuws-eu-policy-broadcaster/2145236/eu-energy-briefing-all-you-need-know-october-2014-video In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues including the Juncker Commission, and the recent green light for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/vieuws-eu-policy-broadcaster/2145236/eu-energy-briefing-all-you-need-know-october-2014-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/vieuws-eu-policy-broadcaster/2145236/eu-energy-briefing-all-you-need-know-october-2014-video#comments Cap-and-Trade Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Green Building Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Efficiency Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Environment Renewables Subsidies Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation energy news stories energy report EU policy european union Yes Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 viEUws - the EU policy broadcaster 2145236 at http://theenergycollective.com How Microsynchrophasors Could Keep Solar-Saturated Grids Stable http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2142711/how-microsynchrophasors-could-keep-solar-saturated-grids-stable The electricity from rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. It sags and surges in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, and is also provided by lots of inverters, which create electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2142711/how-microsynchrophasors-could-keep-solar-saturated-grids-stable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jeffstjohn/2142711/how-microsynchrophasors-could-keep-solar-saturated-grids-stable#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Smart Grid Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels grid strain instability microsynchrophasors solar integration Yes Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 JeffStJohn 2142711 at http://theenergycollective.com Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2142246/legislation-introduced-address-rising-impacts-urban-flooding Urban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a consequence of urban drainage,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2142246/legislation-introduced-address-rising-impacts-urban-flooding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2142246/legislation-introduced-address-rising-impacts-urban-flooding#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy and Economy Politics & Legislation environmental risk extreme weather flood risk urban flooding Yes Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2142246 at http://theenergycollective.com The High Cost of Hurricanes [INFOGRAPHIC] http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/2142696/infographic-high-cost-hurricanes The past ten years have seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing more than $300 billion of damage, over 2000 deaths, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the east coast and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/2142696/infographic-high-cost-hurricanes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/2142696/infographic-high-cost-hurricanes#comments Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy and Economy economic damage extreme weather hurricanes Yes Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 globalwarmingisreal 2142696 at http://theenergycollective.com Energy Quote of the Day: 'Consumers, Not the Federal Government, Should Determine What Goes in their Cars' http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2144266/energy-quote-day-consumers-not-federal-government-should-determine-what-goes- The always-ugly battle between US oil refiners and the biofuels industry over EPA’s renewable fuel standards heated up again recently when 31 oil executives sent a letter to President Obama urging EPA to stick with fuel blending volumes proposed last November.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2144266/energy-quote-day-consumers-not-federal-government-should-determine-what-goes-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2144266/energy-quote-day-consumers-not-federal-government-should-determine-what-goes-#comments Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Oil Biofuels Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation environmental protection agency (epa) obama administration Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Yes Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jared Anderson 2144266 at http://theenergycollective.com This Diagram Will Help You Visualize How Opower's Software Platform Operates http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2144291/diagram-will-help-you-visualize-how-opowers-software-platform-operates After giving its software and analytics engine a powerful tuneup earlier this year, Opower is unveiling yet another set of offerings for utility customers. The release includes three new analytics capabilities designed to make it even easier to target specific customer segments for efficiency.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2144291/diagram-will-help-you-visualize-how-opowers-software-platform-operates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2144291/diagram-will-help-you-visualize-how-opowers-software-platform-operates#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels customer service data analytics opower sustainability software Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000 StephenLacey 2144291 at http://theenergycollective.com How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2144851/how-apple-became-one-greenest-companies-america There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2144851/how-apple-became-one-greenest-companies-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2144851/how-apple-became-one-greenest-companies-america#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News apple best practices green business Green Technology Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 SBattaglia 2144851 at http://theenergycollective.com World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2142491/worlds-first-fuel-energy-efficiency-coming-out-hiding The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2142491/worlds-first-fuel-energy-efficiency-coming-out-hiding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2142491/worlds-first-fuel-energy-efficiency-coming-out-hiding#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News efficiency improvements energy efficiency adoption energy savings Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2142491 at http://theenergycollective.com "Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation http://theenergycollective.com/jim-kennerly/2145296/reforming-energy-vision-transforming-ny-utility-regulation In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jim-kennerly/2145296/reforming-energy-vision-transforming-ny-utility-regulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jim-kennerly/2145296/reforming-energy-vision-transforming-ny-utility-regulation#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation distributed energy energy regulations new york regulatory reform Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jim Kennerly 2145296 at http://theenergycollective.com Energy Master Limited Partnerships Go Mainstream: Baird's Ethan Bellamy http://theenergycollective.com/streetwiser/2142136/energy-master-limited-partnerships-go-mainstream-bairds-ethan-bellamy Ethan Bellamy specializes in the analysis of master limited partnerships at Robert W. Baird &amp; Co. He was director of research for the Lehman Brothers MLP Opportunity Fund, where he was responsible for fundamental analysis and due diligence in public, PIPE and pre-IPO investments in natural resources.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/streetwiser/2142136/energy-master-limited-partnerships-go-mainstream-bairds-ethan-bellamy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/streetwiser/2142136/energy-master-limited-partnerships-go-mainstream-bairds-ethan-bellamy#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Utilities Coal Environmental Policy Oil Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Transportation energy markets energy transportation Master Limited Partnerships (MLP's) new energy finance Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 StreetwiseR 2142136 at http://theenergycollective.com Energy Quote of the Day: 'They’re Running Out of Luck' http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2142111/energy-quote-day-they-re-running-out-luck Oil market crystal balls are working overtime trying to find a floor to the current precipitous oil price decline that has seen both benchmark Brent and WTI dip below $90 per barrel. Most analysts agree that at the macro level weak demand coupled with ample supply are pushing down prices.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2142111/energy-quote-day-they-re-running-out-luck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/2142111/energy-quote-day-they-re-running-out-luck#comments Energy Security Storage Oil Finance Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News oil markets oil price collapse oil prices OPEC countries Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jared Anderson 2142111 at http://theenergycollective.com The Planet Just Had Its Hottest September On Record http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/2143846/planet-just-had-its-hottest-september-record Last month was the warmest September globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported. January through September data have 2014 already at the third warmest on record. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is taking aim at hottest year on record.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/2143846/planet-just-had-its-hottest-september-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/2143846/planet-just-had-its-hottest-september-record#comments Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Coal Environmental Policy Oil Environment Risk Management Fuels News global warming hottest temperature records Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 JosephRomm 2143846 at http://theenergycollective.com Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2124776/transitioning-away-hfcs-energy-and-climate-change-opportunity Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2124776/transitioning-away-hfcs-energy-and-climate-change-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/2124776/transitioning-away-hfcs-energy-and-climate-change-opportunity#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Green Business Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News emissions regulation hydrofluorocarbons (HFC's) india Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 2124776 at http://theenergycollective.com Georgia Is the Latest State to Procure Dirt-Cheap Solar Power http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2144606/georgia-latest-state-procure-dirt-cheap-solar-power In Obama&#039;s America, according to conservatives, utilities are forced to consume expensive green energy mandated by the government. But in an ideal conservative America utilities would procure the cheapest and most reliable resource to deliver value to consumers. Those worlds have officially collided.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2144606/georgia-latest-state-procure-dirt-cheap-solar-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2144606/georgia-latest-state-procure-dirt-cheap-solar-power#comments Electricity Energy Security Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News georgia new energy finance solar energy growth Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 StephenLacey 2144606 at http://theenergycollective.com Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2143766/sustainable-consumption-and-world-endless-images-voices-and-ideas The world we are creating with global communications and global economic production is fast becoming a true global society. Nevertheless, place continues to have meaning as both communities and nations become even more treasured in a world of mass-produced impressions and fear of homogenization.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2143766/sustainable-consumption-and-world-endless-images-voices-and-ideas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stevenacohen/2143766/sustainable-consumption-and-world-endless-images-voices-and-ideas#comments Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News behavior change ecomodernism globalization sustainable consumpton Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 StevenACohen 2143766 at http://theenergycollective.com Upcoming US Arctic Council Chairmanship Should not Focus on Military Security http://theenergycollective.com/roman-kilisek/2142126/upcoming-us-arctic-council-chairmanship-should-not-focus-military-security Even though these developments seem to push military security on the US Arctic agenda, it better serves US interest to comprehend Russia’s moves in the Arctic as rational and expand the use of confidence-building measures, as well as prioritize climate change during its Arctic Council Chairmanship.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/roman-kilisek/2142126/upcoming-us-arctic-council-chairmanship-should-not-focus-military-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/roman-kilisek/2142126/upcoming-us-arctic-council-chairmanship-should-not-focus-military-security#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Environmental Policy Environment International Climate Conferences Water Risk Management Energy and Economy News Politics & Legislation arctic Arctic Council Chair international relations russia Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Roman Kilisek 2142126 at http://theenergycollective.com Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports as Share of Consumption at Lowest Level in 29 Years http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2142391/net-energy-imports-share-consumption-lowest-level-29-years U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Energy consumption in the first half of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of 2013, but consumption growth was outpaced by increases in total energy production.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2142391/net-energy-imports-share-consumption-lowest-level-29-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2142391/net-energy-imports-share-consumption-lowest-level-29-years#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Utilities Coal Oil Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy consumption energy imports energy information administration (eia) Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 2142391 at http://theenergycollective.com