The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss en New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank http://theenergycollective.com/lewmilford/450126/new-jersey-creates-nation-s-first-energy-resilience-bank New Jersey recently created the first “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/lewmilford/450126/new-jersey-creates-nation-s-first-energy-resilience-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/lewmilford/450126/new-jersey-creates-nation-s-first-energy-resilience-bank#comments Electricity Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News banks disater preparedness new jersey resiliency bank Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 LewMilford 450126 at http://theenergycollective.com Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution? http://theenergycollective.com/schalk-cloete/448701/can-nuclear-make-substantial-near-term-contribution The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/schalk-cloete/448701/can-nuclear-make-substantial-near-term-contribution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/schalk-cloete/448701/can-nuclear-make-substantial-near-term-contribution#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Coal Nuclear Power Wind Risk Management Subsidies China Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation china energy boom future energy investment nuclear construction Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Schalk Cloete 448701 at http://theenergycollective.com No Time for Energy Complacency http://theenergycollective.com/david-lawrence/449261/no-time-energy-complacency The United States produced 11 million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids per day in the first quarter of 2014, overtaking Saudi Arabia as the number one producer in the world. Already, by 2010, the US had made its mark as the number one producer of natural gas.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/david-lawrence/449261/no-time-energy-complacency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/david-lawrence/449261/no-time-energy-complacency#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Sustainability Utilities Oil Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation american energy security future energy needs U.S. Energy Independence Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Lawrence 449261 at http://theenergycollective.com Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System http://theenergycollective.com/danielkammen/448211/hurricane-sandy-ushering-smarter-power-system Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/danielkammen/448211/hurricane-sandy-ushering-smarter-power-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/danielkammen/448211/hurricane-sandy-ushering-smarter-power-system#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Renewables Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation energy infrastructure Hurricane Sandy new york city rebuilding Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 DanielKammen 448211 at http://theenergycollective.com Japan's Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/449316/japan-s-energy-security-time-now-secure-closer-pragmatic-relations-russia On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist’ Constitution and to allow finally for the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/449316/japan-s-energy-security-time-now-secure-closer-pragmatic-relations-russia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jared-anderson/449316/japan-s-energy-security-time-now-secure-closer-pragmatic-relations-russia#comments Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Oil Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation global trade international relations japan russia Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Roman Kilisek 449316 at http://theenergycollective.com InsideClimate News Responds to Steve Everley of Energy in Depth http://theenergycollective.com/insideclimate-news/449021/insideclimate-news-responds-steve-everley-energy-depth The ploy by Energy in Depth and other industry public relations professionals to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the &quot;anti-fracking industry&quot; is not a substitute for controlling fracking&#039;s toxic air emissions.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/insideclimate-news/449021/insideclimate-news-responds-steve-everley-energy-depth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/insideclimate-news/449021/insideclimate-news-responds-steve-everley-energy-depth#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Natural Gas Communications and Messaging Utilities Climate Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News editorial hydraulic fracturing (fracking) public opinion public relations the energy collective Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:59:16 +0000 InsideClimate News 449021 at http://theenergycollective.com Which Countries Produce The Most Fossil Fuels? http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/447121/who-produces-most-fossil-fuels Which country takes the most fossil fuels out of the ground? The answer to this question is relatively predictable: China. Today China is the world&#039;s biggest consumer of energy and the vast majority of that comes from burning coal mined in China itself.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/447121/who-produces-most-fossil-fuels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/447121/who-produces-most-fossil-fuels#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Natural Gas Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Coal Efficiency Environmental Policy Oil Public Health Risk Management China Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels News china energy consumption extraction fossil fuels The Energy Transition Yes Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:58:00 +0000 robertwilson190 447121 at http://theenergycollective.com Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Behavioral Efficiency http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/443246/advanced-energy-technology-week-behavioral-efficiency Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use. When they do, they have two basic questions: How am I using energy and what can I do to save energy and money?<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/443246/advanced-energy-technology-week-behavioral-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/matt-stanberry/443246/advanced-energy-technology-week-behavioral-efficiency#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels behavioral energy efficiency energy efficiency adoption Yes Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Matt Stanberry 443246 at http://theenergycollective.com California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/445546/california-and-mexico-forge-shared-solutions-climate-change-and-economy Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/445546/california-and-mexico-forge-shared-solutions-climate-change-and-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/nrdcswitchboard/445546/california-and-mexico-forge-shared-solutions-climate-change-and-economy#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Environment Water Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation california energy and environment international agreements mexico Yes Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 nrdcswitchboard 445546 at http://theenergycollective.com Reimagining Infrastructure http://theenergycollective.com/christine-hertzog/448206/reimagining-infrastructure “If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/christine-hertzog/448206/reimagining-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/christine-hertzog/448206/reimagining-infrastructure#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Water Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels future energy investment smart grid development water and energy Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Christine Hertzog 448206 at http://theenergycollective.com Regulations Only a First Step in Cutting Emissions http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/448601/regulations-only-first-step-cutting-emissions Intensifying calls for action on climate change have led to a variety of proposed regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources of the economy, including, most recently, the environmental protection agency&#039;s rule on coal power plants.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/448601/regulations-only-first-step-cutting-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/448601/regulations-only-first-step-cutting-emissions#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Natural Gas Tech Sustainability Utilities Climate Coal Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation emissions mitigation epa regulations mit Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 EnergyAtMIT 448601 at http://theenergycollective.com SolarCity Quietly Moving to Loans and Customer-Owned Solar http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/448071/solarcity-quietly-moving-loans-and-customer-owned-solar Officially, SolarCity, Sunrun and Vivint do not offer loans for the residential photovoltaic systems that they help finance and install. Unofficially, it&#039;s another story. These market-leading firms make their money with residential solar leases and power-purchase agreements. And business is pretty good.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/448071/solarcity-quietly-moving-loans-and-customer-owned-solar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/448071/solarcity-quietly-moving-loans-and-customer-owned-solar#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels business models changing solar markets solar business Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Wesoff 448071 at http://theenergycollective.com Solar Scams Alive and Kicking in Australia http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/447766/solar-scams-alive-and-kicking-australia I don’t want you to think I think it’s all doom and gloom because it’s not; but with the current climate, one can be sure we are facing a deep dip in the solar coaster ride. We’ll get through it like we have before but only if we pay close attention to details and do solar intelligently.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/447766/solar-scams-alive-and-kicking-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/solarbusiness/447766/solar-scams-alive-and-kicking-australia#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News australia solar business practices scam Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 SolarBusiness 447766 at http://theenergycollective.com Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition http://theenergycollective.com/jimpierobon/445376/improving-energy-efficiency-virginia-better-way-forward-virginia-advanced-energy- There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/jimpierobon/445376/improving-energy-efficiency-virginia-better-way-forward-virginia-advanced-energy-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/jimpierobon/445376/improving-energy-efficiency-virginia-better-way-forward-virginia-advanced-energy-#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Jobs Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels News energy efficiency adoption Game Changers virginia energy Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:59:00 +0000 JimPierobon 445376 at http://theenergycollective.com Plug and Play Solar: A Framework to Dramatically Decrease Solar Soft Costs http://theenergycollective.com/bvieweger/448171/plug-and-play-solar-framework-dramatically-decrease-solar-soft-costs At Intersolar North America this year, one of the unexpectedly interesting talks I attended was entitled Plug and Play Systems for Residential Rooftops. This probably sounds to most people like a gimmick. Plug and play solar panels have been around for a long time but have never been widely used.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/bvieweger/448171/plug-and-play-solar-framework-dramatically-decrease-solar-soft-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/bvieweger/448171/plug-and-play-solar-framework-dramatically-decrease-solar-soft-costs#comments Electricity Energy Security Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Finance Electricity Grid Energy and Economy Fuels plug and play soft costs solar installation Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 bvieweger 448171 at http://theenergycollective.com Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/444161/why-residential-pace-growing-spite-opposition-federal-housing-lenders Last fall, California&#039;s governor and treasury secretary came up with a plan to solve a longstanding conflict with federal housing authorities over residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. The plan didn&#039;t work. But does it even matter?<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/444161/why-residential-pace-growing-spite-opposition-federal-housing-lenders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/444161/why-residential-pace-growing-spite-opposition-federal-housing-lenders#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Public Health Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation california Federal Housing Lenders property assessed clean energy (pace) residential PACE Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 StephenLacey 444161 at http://theenergycollective.com Turning Wind Energy into a Waltz http://theenergycollective.com/sheilakoliva/447926/turning-wind-energy-waltz It might seem inevitable now that Fort Madison, Iowa, would become a production site for a substantial supply of wind turbine blades. Wind, after all, has always been in the air in that state for as long as Americans can remember.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/sheilakoliva/447926/turning-wind-energy-waltz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/sheilakoliva/447926/turning-wind-energy-waltz#comments Communications and Messaging Green Business Green Jobs Wind Renewables creativity iowa music wind energy development Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:30:00 +0000 SheilaKOliva 447926 at http://theenergycollective.com NRC Commissioner Candidates Stephen Burns and Jeffery Baran http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/447346/nrc-commissioner-candidates-stephen-burns-and-jeffery-baran With some trepidation and caution, I recommend that the Senate confirm Stephen Burns as an NRC Commissioner. He will not require a lengthy acculturation process or any significant training time to come up to speed as a fully functioning Commissioner.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/447346/nrc-commissioner-candidates-stephen-burns-and-jeffery-baran" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/447346/nrc-commissioner-candidates-stephen-burns-and-jeffery-baran#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Rare Earth Minerals Nuclear Power Public Health Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation appointments nuclear regulatory commission (nrc) obama administration Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 447346 at http://theenergycollective.com Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why http://theenergycollective.com/ecsjessica/445276/demand-response-will-double-2020-heres-why Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It&#039;s in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/ecsjessica/445276/demand-response-will-double-2020-heres-why" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/ecsjessica/445276/demand-response-will-double-2020-heres-why#comments Electricity Energy Security Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Fuels News demand response developing world energy poverty future energy investment Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 EcsJessica 445276 at http://theenergycollective.com Will Coal Exports Abroad Offset Hard-Won Carbon Reductions at Home? http://theenergycollective.com/meredithfowlie/448141/will-coal-exports-abroad-offset-hard-won-carbon-reductions-home Many are hoping that the current U.S. commitment to reducing domestic emissions will provide the moral authority needed to negotiate international commitments next year in Paris. It is important to understand and account for the emissions implications of both our energy consumption and production.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/meredithfowlie/448141/will-coal-exports-abroad-offset-hard-won-carbon-reductions-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/meredithfowlie/448141/will-coal-exports-abroad-offset-hard-won-carbon-reductions-home#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Coal Environmental Policy Public Health Environment International Climate Conferences Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels News carbon mitigation coal exports moral authority Paris united states and energy Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Meredith_Fowlie 448141 at http://theenergycollective.com