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Climate of Incivility

Raul Grijalva, a Democratic Congressman from Arizona, sent letters to seven university presidents, asking them to release information on funding sources for university professors. One of the professors under investigation is Roger Pielke, Jr. The problem is that Grijalva’s beef with Pielke is plainly ideological.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Your Electric Utility?

March 5, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Structure

Does your utility sell you power from its own power plants, or procure power on the open market on your behalf? Do you have the right to shop around for your electric power among competitive providers? Do other states do this the same way? Do you even know?[read more]

New York Calls for Utilities to Accelerate Distributed Energy With New Platforms and Partners

March 5, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative has been a bold vision for how a power system will be transformed, albeit one with a murky timeframe. More details emerged about how New York will go from its current structure to one where distribution utilities are platform providers for a distributed energy system.[read more]

If Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Offers So Many Benefits, Why Don’t We Have More of It?

March 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Time-Variant Electricity Benefits

Most residential electricity customers are charged the same price regardless of when the electricity is being used. Charging customers a uniform price for electric service looks a bit like buying groceries by the cart instead of by the items purchased – simple, to be sure, but so riddled with inefficiencies.[read more]

Following the Nest Path to Energy Efficiency

March 5, 2015 by Matt Conway

Home Energy Efficiency

The Nest thermostat is notable for matching the use of heating and air conditioning equipment to actual times of building occupancy and intuitively adjusting the temperature to a desirable level. Noticeably absent is the ability to optimize the inner workings of the equipment that is connected to the thermostat.[read more]

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The Bottom Line on Nuclear Energy

March 5, 2015 by David Hess
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Existing nuclear power plants are extremely valuable societal assets. Shutting them down in the absence of compelling economic or technical reasons is folly. Make no mistake. Closing well-performing nuclear plants before it is technically necessary costs society dearly.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Distributed Generation Needed to Strengthen Power Grid

March 5, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Distributed Generation and the Grid

The electric power grid is based on an outdated hub-and-spoke architecture of centralized power production and distribution through transmission wires. This system is highly vulnerable to attacks at multiple points, and failures at critical nodes could create cascading failures and widespread power outages.[read more]

Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Reality

March 5, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Oil and Gas Asset Utilization

A few years ago a friend asked me about the possibility of stranded assets in oil and gas due to climate change. This was an interesting idea coming out of the UK. Since then, the idea has gained traction. What is emerging is that stranded assets are not going to happen merely because of climate change.[read more]

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State Level Methane Taxes: Economic and Environmental Benefit

March 4, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge

While federal greenhouse gas taxes remain elusive, localized benefits make state-based methane taxes politically feasible. A methane tax would also be more comprehensive, efficient and effective than technology standards like that imposed by Colorado.[read more]

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New York Lays Foundation for Electricity Regulation Reform

March 4, 2015 by Max Luke

Last Thursday, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a landmark order that signaled that the State’s push to revolutionize its electric power sector is gaining steam. The order is part of an ambitious initiative known as “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), a regulatory proceeding that began in April 2014.[read more]

'Carbon-Removing' Gas Stations: The Future of Transportation?

March 4, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Transportation

Over the past several decades, gas stations have remained largely immune to the disruption that has radically altered other industries. But as climate change continues to increase, the imperative for innovation at the pump will start to increase significantly.[read more]

And the World's Most Sustainable City Is...

March 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Urban Sustainability

A city is more that just a place where a concentrated group of people live and work. And as more of the world’s population gravitates toward city living, these urban centers must cater to their population’s myriad needs with sustainable solutions like never before.[read more]

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$43 Billion: Current and Rising Cost to Canada of Environmental Inaction

March 4, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Canada and Environmental Action

Instead of seeing our economy contract as a result environmental inaction, it is a fact that Canada could actually be currently expanding its economy through the implementation of indigenous innovation that addresses the growing issues related to climate change.[read more]

Cheap and Flexible Solar

March 4, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Flexible Solar

Solar cells made out of lead sulfide quantum dots could eventually offer a cheaper, more flexible alternative to ones made using silicon, but they are currently much less efficient. However, altering the chemical composition of quantum-dot solar cells offers a way of tuning them to reach higher efficiencies.[read more]

Energy Technology: Deploy What We Have vs. Build Something New

March 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six prominent business leaders, including Bill Gates, issued a report maintaining that the U.S. government is spending far too little on energy research. Not everyone concerned with combating climate change agrees with the council.[read more]