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Energy Quote of the Day: On 'No Regret' Negative Emissions Technologies

February 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Negative Emissions Technologies

A new report from Oxford University says that the most promising “Negative Emissions Technologies” (NETs) for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the near term are also among the simplest: afforestation, soil carbon improvements and biochar.[read more]

Off the Well-Trodden Path: Where are the Hidden Solar PV Growth Markets?

February 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Hidden PV Markets

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the US has the “potential to lead the global transition to renewable energy. It has some of the best renewables resources in the world.” Perhaps even more important in this context is that the US is deemed to also have “a vibrant culture of innovation."[read more]

EU 'Fuel Quality Directive Should be Extended After 2020,' Leading Lawmaker Underlines [VIDEO]

February 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters
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EU Fuel Standards and Directives

Leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Finnish MEP Nils Torvalds (ALDE), rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) for the European Parliament to talk about the position of transport in the EU 2030 climate and energy policy.[read more]

Methane Hydrates are a Promising Energy Resource

February 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane Hydrates Fuel Source

Methane hydrates are getting increased attention as a major new source of clean hydrocarbon energy. These enormous deposits of natural gas have never been developed commercially, but research and development has been promising, and expectations are that the gas could begin coming to market within a decade.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Special on the Energy Union [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Energy Union Special

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview ofprogress made on the EU’s Energy Union project, ahead of the formal launch of the Energy Union by the European Commission on 25 February.[read more]

Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

February 12, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC
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Energy Source Comparison

You can’t get far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs. How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? How much will it cost utilities and ratepayers to build—and operate—a new power plant?[read more]

EU Needs "ILUC Factors for Biofuels" Argues European Parliament Rapporteur Nils Torvalds [VIDEO]

February 10, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Europe and Biofuels

Nils Torvalds MEP (ALDE) - the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) – joins leading environmental journalist Sonja van Renssen on viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster to discuss the future of biofuels in Europe.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Do not Grow Food or Grass Crops for Ethanol or Diesel or Cut Down Trees for Electricity'

February 8, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Biofuels and Energy Efficiency

The World Resources Institute, a respected environmental think tank issued a report arguing against the widespread use of biofuels. While acknowledging that waste biomass, such as food waste or urban tree trimmings can be efficiently harvested for fuel, the overall quantities would be relatively limited.[read more]

Where Does Bioenergy Fit into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses its land — with implications for global food prices and natural resources like forests.[read more]

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

December 23, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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The U.S. risks moving from climate denial to climate despair; that citizens can do little to stop impacts, that government doesn't have the political courage needed to adequately address the problem, and that industry genius will falter and not develop the technologies to solve climate change in time.[read more]

How Much Renewable Natural Gas Can Be Produced?

December 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Renewable Natural Gas Production Levels

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is methane produced from biomass that is cleaned to pipeline quality standards and blended with fossil natural gas. RNG, also known as biomethane, is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to fossil natural gas allowing it to be blended without restriction.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 17, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

December 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows renewable natural gas to qualify as cellulosic biofuel even though RNG is not cellulosic, but this helps the EPA to appear to be meeting their goals.[read more]

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Beyond Electrification: Why Fuels Matter for Energy Access

December 10, 2014 by Angi Acocella
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Energy Access and Clean Fuels

Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries grows, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as, if not more staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands as much urgency.[read more]

Catalyzing Greener Products

December 3, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Catalyzing Green

Yuriy Román leads a research group in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering. The core of his research is the catalytic conversion of the inedible parts of plant matter, such as cellulose and lignin, into chemicals useful for making fuels and substances like plastics, lubricants, and pharmaceuticals.[read more]