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Webinar Replay: Gone With The Wind? Understanding Grid Resiliency

May 31, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Regulators – State vs. Federal:  Who has authority where? Is the federal government really as responsible as you think it is?What impact do utilities have? Can corporate culture be to blame for a 'bad' grid? What about multi-state utilities?How & Where are innovations happening? Are there gaps in the space that still need to be...[read more]

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Webinar Replay: Can Shale Gas Global?

March 13, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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The International Energy Agency now projects that North America will be energy self-sufficient by 2020, with the U.S. becoming the world's largest producer of both natural gas and oil. . In 2000, shale gas accounted for only 1% of all US natural gas production. Today, it accounts for almost a quarter, and by 2035, it will be over half....[read more]

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Webinar Replay: Energy Policy in the 113th Congress - A Look Ahead

January 18, 2013 by Henry Spethmann

The bankruptcy of solar manufacturer and stimulus-loan recipient, Solyndra, sparked a national media firestorm and political debate over the role of government in funding emerging clean energy technologies. The issue rose to prominence in the presidential campaign with Mitt Romney attacking Barack Obama on the stump and in televised...[read more]

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Webcast Replay: Carbon Capture and the Climate Crisis

September 18, 2012 by Henry Spethmann
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While cleaner forms of energy continue to make strides, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, with alarming changes in our climate such as a new, early low for Arctic sea ice this summer likely related. The fossil fuels that produce many of those emissions are likely to remain a major part of our energy mix for some time. Is it time to place more emphasis on solutions that directly address the CO2 they produce?[read more]

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Energy Risk & the End of Coal?

September 14, 2012 by Henry Spethmann
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Energy Risk & the End of Coal? What does the closing of coal fired power plants mean for baseload power?The shale gas revolution has resulted in unprecedented low natural gas prices. Increasingly, power operators have been turning off their coal fired power plants in order to switch to the abundant natural gas. The risks of brownouts...[read more]

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Webcast Replay: Power Outages and Our Vulnerable Grid

August 20, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

Power Outages and Our Vulnerable Grid:Can Distributed Energy Resources Deliver Grid Reliability? The massive power outages that shocked India at the beginning of August and the recent power disruptions that left 3 million people in the mid-Atlantic U.S. sweltering during a heat wave are just the latest in a pattern of outages caused by...[read more]

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Webinar Replay: The Department of Defense and Energy Innovation

June 28, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

The Department of Defense and Energy Innovation:Can The Military Lead the Way to Smarter Energy? The U.S. military has deep resources, incentives to innovate, and a history of developing groundbreaking technologies that have spilled over into market-changing private sector applications. What can be learned from the Department of Defense...[read more]

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Audio Archive: Avoiding the Clean Tech Crash

May 23, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

Avoiding the Clean Tech Crash:Can Renewable Energy Achieve Subsidy Independence? Federal clean tech funding is poised to decline 75 percent by 2014 compared to 2009, according to a recent report from a diverse group of think tanks titled "Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech on a Path to Subsidy Independence". The coming expiration...[read more]

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Audio Archive: Energy Storage and Renewable Power

April 19, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

Energy Storage and Renewable Power:Is Storage a Solution to Renewable Intermittence and Grid Inefficiency? The intermittent nature of natural, carbon-free energy sources like the sun or wind has always been one of renewable power's major limitations, leaving us reliant on fossil fuels or nuclear power to supply the majority of so-called...[read more]

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Audio Archive: Unlocking the Next Energy Breakthroughs

March 9, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

What technologies are at the cutting edge of energy innovation in 2012, and which ones show the most promise for helping us to establish a sustainable energy future and power our economy in the process? What are the respective roles of the public and private sectors in driving innovation in the space?Following on the heels of the...[read more]

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Audio Archive: The Future of Oil & Gas: Exploring New Innovation in Old-Fashioned Energy

February 3, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

While renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biofuels experience unprecedented levels of growth and attention, such projections seem to confirm that these fossil fuels will make up large parts of our energy mix for quite some time to come.With that in mind, it's important to ask: What significant innovations, if any, are...[read more]

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Microgrids: Game Changing Solutions: An Audio Archive

October 6, 2011 by TheEnergyCollective Admin

Proponents of these technologies argue that they are capable of: Improving overall reliability on both sides of the grid/microgrid junctures Reducing operating costs Expediting introduction of these technologies into the distribution grid – the weakest part of the supply chain in the developed world. Offering cost effective and...[read more]

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Audio Archive: Growing Wind Power

August 15, 2011 by Energy Collective

Can the growth of the wind industry substantially reduce our dependence on fossil fuels? And if so, how soon? What evolutions in technology, policy, and economics are necessary to drive that growth? What are the obstacles to a large increase in wind power?[read more]

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Audio Archive: Fukushima and Nuclear Power

July 8, 2011 by Amelia Timbers
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Listen to The Energy Collective's panelists as they seek answers to questions raised after Fukushima and discuss nuclear power's role in our energy future[read more]

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Audio Archive: Smarter Grid, Better Demand Response

May 9, 2011 by TheEnergyCollective Admin

Featuring:Patty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a consumer focused non-profit aiming to promote the understanding and benefits of modernized electrical systems. Pattyhas previously conducted smart grid research at Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as the State Director for the...[read more]

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Is Hydrogen A Bridge to Increased Renewables?

April 18, 2011 by Amelia Timbers
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While not yet commercially cost competitive, the core value of hydrogen fuel cells is that it, depending on how the hydrogen was generated, has zero emissions. At minimum, widespread hydrogen adoption may be an upgrade from and substitute for petroleum gasoline. Eliminating oil from consumers’ lives is a more pressing problem in the UK,...[read more]

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Audio Archive: The eMobility Challenge

March 28, 2011 by TheEnergyCollective Admin
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Featuring: Jim Greenberger is the Executive Director of NAATBatt, a trade association of companies in the advanced battery industry working to grow the market for advanced batteries in the United States, primarily in automotive and grid-connected energy storage applications. Prior to leading NAATBatt, Mr. Greenberger practiced law in...[read more]

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Audio Archive: Supply, Demand, and Revolution

March 11, 2011 by Energy Collective

Recent civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East has captured global attention, as many hope for more humane, democratic governments in that part of the world, while others express concern over what new leadership might mean for relations with the West. With large scale unrest in a region so closely associated with oil...[read more]

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Audio Archive: Energy in China

February 2, 2011 by Energy Collective

According to a 2010 International Energy Agency report, Chinese energy consumption has doubled over the past decade, and will soar 75 percent by 2035, accounting for more than a third of total global consumption growth. To date, the largest portion of this demand has been met by burning coal, raising serious concerns about CO2 emissions and the battle against climate change, but China has also begun to aggressively invest in alternative energy.[read more]

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Audio Archive: Natural Gas - Friend or Foe to Energy Sustainability?

December 2, 2010 by Energy Collective

On November 30th, The Energy Collective presented a live webinar on natural gas with our moderator, Marc Gunther, David Hone from Shell, and Geoff Styles from GSW Strategy Group, LLC. The panel talked about how natural gas is discovered, gathered, and used. You can listen to the archive (or download it for later) and check out the slide deck below.[read more]

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