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Global Warming: It Ought to Be Illegal

March 28, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Global Warming Effects

The recent MIT article, 'How the ocean reins in global warming,' points out how burying atmospheric heat deep in the ocean delays long-term global warming. Can we be anything but criminally negligent for not acting on this readily apparent knowledge?[read more]

Why the Cool Kids are Flocking to Energy and Not Water Economics

March 11, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Energy economics has attracted a lot of new bright minds both young and not so young. The reason for it is simple: It’s an important topic. What really surprises me is that the field of water economics has not experienced the same kind of influx.[read more]

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#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

January 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Obama's State of the Union

 

Last night, the President gave his State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of his previous five speeches and this year was no different.[read more]

Humber Energy Park 'Massively Important'

December 29, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Able UK has announced that the UK Government has approved plans to create the Able Marine Energy Park, a “world-class centre for the renewable energy industries on the south bank of the Humber [River]“. The Able Marine Energy Park will provide 1,389 metres of new heavy duty deep water quays.[read more]

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Top Washington D.C. Clean Energy Policy Stories from 2013

December 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Top Clean Energy Policy Stories

U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s desk.[read more]

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One Step Closer to the World's First Tidal Lagoon. But Is It Worth It?

November 29, 2013 by Sam Friggens
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First Tidal Lagoon

A proposal for the world’s first electricity-generating tidal lagoon in South Wales took one step closer to becoming reality last week. But what are tidal lagoons, and do they really have a serious role to play in the low-carbon power systems of the future?[read more]

Alaskan Wave Energy Project Receives Project Management Support

November 14, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Alaska and Wave Energy

Located on the Gulf of Alaska, the 750 kW Yakutat Wave Energy Project is set to make life easier for locales who have so far had to rely on diesel prices as high as $8 per gallon, thanks to the 1,000 mile journey the fuel has to make by road to get there.[read more]

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The Case for ARPA-E: The Government's Role in Bridging the Valley of Death

November 11, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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ARPA-E and Government Investment

 

This year Congress has sought to slash the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, with Congress proposing cuts of over 80%. ARPA-E has embarked on several rounds of successful funding for breakthrough clean energy tech, helping companies bridge market barriers.[read more]

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Hydro and Ocean Power: Untapped Renewable Resources? [WEBCAST]

September 21, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Hydropower is an efficient, predictable, and affordable source of energy that produces no greenhouse gases and already generates a fifth of the world's electricity - but is it an overlooked tool in the effort to meet the world's growing energy needs sustainably?[read more]

Energy Projects Seem Less Urgent in A Post-Energy-Crisis World

September 17, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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Post-Energy-Crisis World

 

To someone living in 1974, the idea of mass protests to block a pipeline for importing oil would have seemed incomprehensible. Yet the current opposition to so many different energy projects can also be viewed as a consequence of recent energy successes on a broad front.[read more]

Energy Innovation: US Could Tap Into 1400 Terawatt Hours Of Clean Ocean Power

August 31, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Ocean Power

As the United States offshore wind energy industry slowly (very slowly) cranks up to speed, let’s not forget that US coastal waters also represent a huge, as-yet-untapped energy resource in the form of waves, tides, and currents.[read more]

Ireland Looks to Be A World Leader in Wave Energy

August 8, 2013 by Colin Cafferty
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Ireland Wave Energy

North Mayo is a region scarred by emigration and unemployment. Now a chance exists to harness the brute force of Nature, of turning climate into an ally that will help benefit local communities and appease the effects of man-made climate change.[read more]

Energy Risks: Sex, Murder, Public Utility Capital Ratios

June 19, 2013 by Adam James

What do sex, murder, and public utility capital ratios have in common? They all carry a certain level of risk. Let’s start with the most exciting one; capital ratios for public utilities.[read more]

How a Capacity Market Works

June 14, 2013 by Adam James
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There is a difference between energy and capacity, and power plants are compensated for both because both are important to maintaining the electrical system in different ways.[read more]

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Energy Storage Innovation: Niagara Pumped Storage System

March 30, 2013 by Roger Faulkner
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pumped storage

This is an out-of-the-box idea for a massive energy storage scheme, the largest potential pumped storage opportunity anywhere in North America: the Lake Erie/Lake Ontario System.[read more]