Blog Profile / The Energy Collective

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Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Why Water Utilities Need an Energy Plan, and How Texas is Making Progress

When you prepare the Thanksgiving meal, do you ask each person to make a dish of their choosing, with no coordination for an overall cohesive meal? Probably not. Most likely, you plan, because you want everything to fit together.

Areva Gets Capital Funding Boost, New Investors

(Reuters & French news media sources) France moved to buttress its nuclear industry with utility Electricite de France SA (EDF) agreeing to buy the reactor construction business of state-run peer Areva for 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion).

New Infrastructure Aims to Increase Takeaway Capacity of Natural Gas from Utica Region

A number of pipeline projects that have been approved, or are in various stages of the approval process, would increase capacity to transport natural gas from the Utica production region in Ohio to natural gas markets. Collectively, these projects could add up to 6.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of takeaway capacity out of the Utica region by the end of 2018.

Looking for Environmental Certainty in All the Wrong Places

What will be the fate of California’s cap and trade system for GHG? This is an issue that has been flying under the radar nationally, given the hullabaloo about carbon taxes in Washington State, the potential addition of Ontario to the California cap and trade system, and, umm, other stuff.

Energy Efficiency: The Sweet Spot for an Economic Stimulus After Brexit

Brexit has opened a new era in British politics. Economic uncertainties and a potential slowdown in investment are likely to stay with us in the short to medium term. The Chancellor has made clear that he is prepared to ‘reset’ fiscal policy after Brexit and the Prime Minister announced the launch of a ‘proper industrial strategy’.

What Do the 2016 Elections Mean for the Clean Power Plan?

President-Elect Trump has repeatedly claimed that climate change is a “hoax,” and has appointed notorious climate denier Myron Ebell to run the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the campaign, Trump...Show More Summary

An American in Marrakech

For 10 exhausting days, from the moment I arrived in Marrakech for the latest U.N. conference on climate change, I found myself thrust into the uneasy role of unofficial emissary for a country transformed overnight.

Will Completion of Bellefonte Be a Boom or Bust?

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) brought the long, sad saga of its failed attempt to build two 1,200 MW nuclear reactors at Scottsboro, AL, to a close this week with the sale of the 1,400 site to Franklin Haney and his firm Nuclear Development LLC.

How to Create Big Opportunities to Save Energy for Small Businesses

Given the importance of small businesses to our national economy, ACEEE has examined successful utility program practices in the small commercial segment. We find there are still significant energy efficiency opportunities. Our new paper describes effective program strategies.

Stephane Quere, Innovation Director Engie: “Hydrogen Is a Big Topic for Us”

Hydrogen, which can be used to store energy, produce electricity and fuel vehicles, is one of the innovation priorities for French energy giant Engie (€70 billion revenue). This is a company that prides itself on its diversity however, explains Stephane Quere, Innovation Director at Engie.

Forging Ahead on Climate Action

Last year, participants in the Paris Agreement on climate change expressed the shared global objective of limiting temperature rise, with each party to the agreement laying out its intended national contributions to addressing climate change.

How Changing Building Shape and Form Can Slash Energy Use

New guidance has just been issued to help architects, developers and designers understand more about how the shape and form of a building affects heat loss, so they can reduce the energy consumption of new buildings at little or no extra cost.

Will We Ever See $100 Oil Again?

A report from auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has revealed that oil prices are unlikely to climb back to the $100 level, and will have a limited rise from the current spot price to between $60 and $70 per barrel over the next few years.

Why China’s New Coal Plants Won’t Stop It From Meeting Its Climate Goals

China’s pledges to combat climate change have been some of its most lauded actions by the international community, but an ongoing domestic build-out of coal-fired power generation capacity has caused some within this community to doubt the country’s commitment.

Reinventing Fire in China

Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute, backed by Chinese institutions and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has published a stunning roadmap for an energy revolution in China. If its ideas are taken up, it could lead to a transformation...Show More Summary

Enabling China to Shift From Coal to Natural Gas

For the past 30 years, China has tapped coal for about two-thirds of its energy needs, resulting in carbon dioxide and particulate emissions that have significantly degraded the nation’s air quality and impacted the global climate. In...Show More Summary

Energy News: The Art of the (Musk) Deal

This week’s biggest story was a late-breaking one: the Tesla and SolarCity merger, which, despite much armchair criticism, won shareholder approval handily. Tesla will pay $2.6 billion to acquire SolarCity, and the transaction should be complete in the coming days.

Are We Entering a Renewable Energy Tipping Point?

Energy, the world’s largest industry, is currently undergoing a revolution. A switch towards renewable energy sources from the traditional fossil fuels we have relied upon to advance industrial and economic growth is underway.

Baseload Power is So Yesterday. A Cleaner, Modern Electric Grid Deserves Flexibility

Coal-heavy utilities in the Midwest have mustered a new argument to secure subsidies for their uneconomic power plants. They used to suggest the plants were needed to maintain reliability, until regional grid operators declared there was plenty of generation to ensure the lights stayed on.

Coal May Surpass Natural Gas as Most Common Electricity Generation Fuel This Winter

After declining for several months, the share of U.S. electricity fueled by coal is expected to slowly begin growing when compared to the same period last year. In contrast, the share of generation from natural gas is expected to experience year-over-year declines.

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