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What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

May 27, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Solar in California

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations. In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader? Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other states that can compete on that dimension.[read more]

The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]

Wants Versus Needs: The Struggle to Realize New York's Energy Vision

May 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

In 2009, National Grid chose ABB for a SCADA/EMS system that would allow for more modern and integrated visibility into its electric transmission and distribution networks in Massachusetts and New York. Earlier this year, the system went into service.[read more]

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

May 27, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China Energy Policies

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility.[read more]

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Internalized Costs of Storage Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

May 26, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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And now, the results ...

This article summarizes the findings on the internalized costs of various energy storage technologies. The selected technologies include such things as pumped hydro, compressed air, synfuels, and various battery technologies (lead-acid, Li-ion and flow).[read more]

ISIS Victories and Oil

May 26, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Right now, oil prices seem under pressure from any number of forces: Saudi market share strategies, Iran’s quiet sales from floating stocks, historically high U.S. and Chinese inventory levels. But over the longer term, the situation on the ground with ISIS could render some of that surplus necessary.[read more]

Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

May 26, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Clean Energy Capacity

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets. The report offers encouraging data on supplies and investments. But by cherry-picking their case studies and making strange analytical conclusions, Pew paints a selective and flawed picture of electrification in poor countries.[read more]

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

May 26, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Employment

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014.[read more]

Decarbonizing Development to Secure a Sustainable Future

Decarbonization and Planning

In the past few years, the World Bank has redoubled its efforts to promote sustainable economic development by identifying two goals that can help measure progress towards this objective: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity.[read more]

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman
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Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Low Crude Oil Prices, Increased Gasoline Demand Lead to High Refiner Margins

May 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Refiner Margins

Gasoline crack spreads in the United States, especially on the U.S. East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months. Crack spreads, which reflect the difference between wholesale product prices and crude oil prices, are a good indicator of refiner profitability.[read more]

Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[read more]

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]