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A Look at Wind and Solar, Part 2: Is There An Upper Limit To Intermittent Renewables?

May 28, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Grid Limits to Renewable Energy Integration

As our journey through the world’s variable renewable energy leaders illustrates, while wind and solar have come a long way, they have only recently reached double-digit penetration at the grid-wide level in a couple of places.[read more]

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

It's Time to Put Nuclear on the Offensive, and Make it the Low Carbon Choice

May 28, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Decarbonization

The expansion ofnuclear power is essential in achieving a future of increased energy security, diversity of fuel supply and lower emissions; and is already expected to have the largest impact on meeting climate goals of any other single technology.[read more]

President Obama Says Global Warming Harms U.S. National Security

May 28, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Barack Obama addressed the graduating class at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 20, 2015. A major theme in his remarks was that the worldwide effects of global warming negatively impact the security of the United States in its military preparedness and military operations.[read more]

Under Clean Power Plan, Natural Gas, then Renewables, Gain Generation Share

May 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Clean Power Plan

The Energy Information Administration's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows it would result in major changes in the fuel mix used to generate electricity in the United States.[read more]

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

May 28, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Gazprom Risk

A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report: The Fossil Fuel Energy Sector” shows that energy companies emitted 31 per cent of total GHG emissions globally from their operations as well as the use of the products further down the value chain on an annual basis.[read more]

What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

May 27, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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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]

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]