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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 25, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. 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]

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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

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U.S. Consumers are Purchasing Increased Numbers of SUVs and Trucks. Why Do Consumers 'Poll Green,' but Apparently Don't Buy Green?

February 19, 2015 by John Miller
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Buying Green and Consumer Behavior

Polls indicate most people support reducing U.S. carbon emissions. But consumers recently began purchasing much greater numbers of SUVs and trucks than more efficient, lower carbon cars. Have purchasing behaviors changed or have government green policies failed?[read more]

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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

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If Divestment Won't Work, What's the Alternative?

February 15, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Fossil fuel divestment will not keep carbon in the ground. Student activists should redirect their attention toward something that can actually be effective in mitigating climate change: advocating for radical increases in funding for basic research and innovation aimed at developing clean, cheap energy alternatives.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Solar Thermal Energy

February 12, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar Thermal Energy Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of solar thermal energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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What's Driving Gasoline and Oil Prices?

February 11, 2015 by Greg Bothun
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Oil and Gas Price Influences

Everyone is aware that the price of gas is currently very low. An event like this often spurs conspiracy theories involving OPEC, the US, Russia, etc. But there is no evidence that supports any of these conspiracy theories, while there is evidence that these low prices are in fact due to the following factors.[read more]

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Energy Access in Space: The Final Frontier in an Electrification Debate

February 11, 2015 by Zak Accuardi
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Electricity Access and the Future

When it comes to bringing electricity to all, opinions differ on the ideal solution. Energy specialists think about density. Economists think about cost. Planners think about space. And the energy world needs more planners because space seems to have been lost in the electricity access conversation.[read more]

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How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 3, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[read more]

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NREL: Solar Loans Cheaper For Consumers Compared To Third-Party Leasing

February 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Solar Loan Financing

Third-party ownership (TPO) has spurred a record level of distributed energy generation installations across America as homes and businesses lock in cheaper power costs without a large upfront expenditure – but that paradigm is about to change.[read more]

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10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

The Lowest Cost Renewable Energy Comes With a 2000 Percent Environmental Dividend

January 29, 2015 by Jim Baird
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NASA and NOAA have proclaimed that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. It was the year also in which scientists identified heat movement into the ocean depths as the reason an atmospheric warming hiatus has existed for the previous 15 years.[read more]

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Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight

January 28, 2015 by Amelia Smith
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The podcast for the exclusive #energychat webinar that occurred on January 26th.[read more]

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Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 23, 2015 by Jason Brown
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Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]