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The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

April 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve. There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with sometimes vastly different financial perspectives.[read more]

Facing the Climate Crisis Without Hysteria

April 16, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability," was released last week to the usual fanfare, hype and alarm. The New York Times headline summarized the report by stating, "the worst is yet to come".[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Coal

April 15, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Coal Cost Consensus

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of coal. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

IPCC Double Standards on Energy Barriers

April 15, 2014 by Barry Brook
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IPCC and Consistency

The IPCC have released statements regarding their Working Group III report for AR5, on mitigation, with the full report to be released on April 15th. Recently, a colleague pointed out to me what appears to be double standard in how IPCC depicts problems with nuclear versus renewable energy.[read more]

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The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

April 14, 2014 by Reid Capalino

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics.[read more]

Oil Limits and Climate Change: How They Fit Together

April 14, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Climate Change and Oil

We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same time, oil is reaching limits, and this has an effect as well. How do the two issues fit together?[read more]

Catalyzing the Climate Change Conversation with Eye-Catching Headlines

April 14, 2014 by Jenny Tang

The latest IPCC report has been covered by US and international media, and in the major media the story has achieved powerful headlines. Thus, the intensity of the media coverage begs the question – what has changed? Why has this report gained so much traction where previous reports failed?[read more]

Sanctions Against Russia May Have Long-Lasting Negative Effect on Global Energy Security

April 11, 2014 by Igor Alexeev
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Russia Sanctions and Risk

After a series of statements about the possibility of “switching” European consumers over to American gas, the US media hastened to announce the launch of Obama’s oil and gas offensive against Russia. In reality the EU is not currently prepared to buy its energy resources from the US.[read more]

Fuel Cell Cars and the Shale Revolution

April 10, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Although fuel cell cars have perpetually seemed to be the technology of tomorrow, carmakers' persistence with them could still pay off, as a dividend from shale gas. Significant obstacles remain, including inadequate hydrogen infrastructure and competition from greatly improved vehicle batteries.[read more]

Yes, Climate Change Is Here: Yes, We Can Solve It

April 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Climate Change Risk and Solutions

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounds a piercing alarm about the dangers every nation faces from runaway climate change. Climate change, the IPCC scientists tell us, is already jeopardizing food supplies, water resources, even the stability of nations.[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change

 

We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]

Our High-Energy Planet

April 9, 2014 by Max Luke
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One billion people lack access to electricity, and billions more still burn wood and dung for their basic energy needs. Our High-Energy Planet, a new report from an international group of energy and environment scholars, outlines a radically new framework for meeting the energy needs of the global poor.[read more]

Measuring Suburban Sprawl

April 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Measuring Sprawl

We've been taught growth is good. But what if growth is poorly managed, so that it creates problems too? That's what we call sprawl. Solving sprawl requires alignment of rules and incentives for land-development such that smart growth-management is the rule rather than the exception.[read more]

Five States and the Gulf of Mexico Produce More than 80% of U.S. Crude Oil

April 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

States and Crude Oil Production

Five states and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013. Texas alone provided almost 35%, according to preliminary 2013 data released in EIA's March Petroleum Supply Monthly.[read more]

Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

April 8, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A system is a set of components that interact in an organized fashion toward a common purpose. Add living organisms like humans, it becomes an ecosystem. The electric grid was a complex system, but the advent of Smart Grid technologies started a grid transformation into a complex ecosystem[read more]