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Household Spending on Gasoline and Public Transit Varies by Region, Income

April 19, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Houshold Spending on Transit and Fuel

Households in different regions of the United States have similar average combined spending on gasoline and public transit, but the composition of that spending varies significantly across regions. In 2013 the average household spent $3,148 annually on gasoline and public transit.[read more]

Advanced Energy: Wind Booms in China, Rebounds in U.S., with Full Pipeline

April 19, 2015 by Tom Plant

Advanced Energy News

China continued to deploy wind power at a remarkable rate, installing an estimated 23.3 GW in 2014, a 45% increase over 2013. China accounted for 45% of the 51 GW installed globally in 2014, representing $94.6 billion in revenue.[read more]

Back to Business: GE Sells Real Estate, Dismantles GE Capital

April 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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GE Business Change

General Electric is selling off its real estate assets and much of GE Capital to focus on its industrial businesses, including energy, healthcare and aviation. By 2018, its core industrial offering will make up 90 percent of the business, up from 57 percent in 2014.[read more]

Going Solar Should Be No More Difficult than Getting Cable TV

April 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Installation Efficiency

Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn't be particularly hard or time-consuming.[read more]

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

April 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.[read more]

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

April 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

It's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech venture capital. That might take an entire generation to fix itself. But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of venture capital funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks. Here's a quick roundup.[read more]

Stakeholders Gather to Discuss How Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Can Work in New York

April 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Electricity Pricing

Last week, Environmental Defense Fund co-hosted a successful forum on residential time-variant electricity pricing – which allows customers to pay different prices for electricity depending on when it is used – within the context of New York’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ proceeding.[read more]

Dominion's Natural Gas Gamble Looks Risky for Ratepayers

April 18, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Dominion and Ratepayer Risks

Dominion Resources and its regulated subsidiary, Dominion Virginia Power, are gambling big on natural gas. But while the utility giant will be a winner if gas prices stay low over the next 20 years, the risk of losing this bet is very real—and the risk is being borne disproportionately by Virginia consumers.[read more]

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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

4 Ways to Invest in the Low-Carbon Economy

April 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Low-Carbon Investment

Citigroup Inc. recently pledged $100 billion for sustainability, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. This is yet another sign that global capital markets are enormously interested in delivering capital into clean, renewable sources of energy. But you don’t have to be Citigroup to invest in the clean energy future.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Storage

April 17, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Energy Storage Tech

Several technologies can be used to store energy on the electricity transmission and distribution grid, including pumped storage hydro (PSH), compressed air energy storage (CAES), electrochemical batteries, flywheel systems and thermal energy storage systems.[read more]

Putting the Real Story of Energy and the Economy Together

April 17, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Workers and Energy Economics

What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two predominant energy stories. One is the story economists tell: The economy can grow forever; energy shortages will have no impact on the economy. We can simply substitute other forms of energy, or do without.[read more]

Atom and the Fault

April 16, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy History

I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled 'The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power.' Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several controversial nuclear plant projects in California, including Bodega Head, Malibu, and Diablo Canyon.[read more]

Another Step Towards an Integrated Home Energy Offering: SolarCity Partners with Nest Labs

April 16, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

SolarCity has just announced another important collaboration in the home energy space, this time with Nest Labs. Importantly, the announcement indicates that a common technology framework or platform is emerging that will integrate and address both home energy management as well as home solar generation.[read more]

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

April 16, 2015 by Jim Baird

Mitigating Climate Change

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but another approach sits in the cooling of ocean surface waters.[read more]