Blog Profile / The Energy Collective


URL :http://theenergycollective.com/
Filed Under:Utilities / Energy
Posts on Regator:7715
Posts / Week:37.2
Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Energy Gang: Why a Successful Cleantech Venture Capitalist Tripled Down on the Sector [PODCAST]

Nancy Pfund, the founder of DBL Investors, has supported some of the most successful modern clean energy companies, including Tesla, SolarCity, PowerLight and BrightSource. And unlike many other firms, DBL isn’t backing down from some of the riskier, more capital-intensive investments. read more

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans. read more

How Much Power Will India Need in 2035?

What is the projected growth of India’s electricity requirements until 2035? In 2012, the country generated 1,050 TWh of grid power. The government now wants to set in motion a process of accelerated industrialization to provide much-needed jobs, sustain growth and drive development. read more

Clean Power Plan is a Manageable Challenge

Much has been made of the recent catalog of challenges states face in complying with the Clean Power Plan emission reduction requirements. To listen to many critics, meaningfully reducing CO2 emissions from the electricity sector is a nearly impossible task and an untenable reliability risk. But is it really? read more

The Coolest, Interactive Net-Zero Home Guide Makes Green Fun

A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy building, or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. read more

Growth in Residential Electricity Prices Highest in 6 Years, but Expected to Slow in 2015

Residential electricity customers in most areas of the country experienced large increases in retail electricity prices during 2014, with the average U.S. residential price increasing 3.1% over the previous year. The increase represents the highest annual growth rate since 2008. read more

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is. read more

Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening, Making Climate Action More Urgent

Our best shot at stopping catastrophic warming is to start cutting carbon pollution immediately. The longer we wait, the less nature’s carbon sinks will be able to help us and the greater the risk that we cross tipping points that cause feedbacks like the permafrost melt to become “self-reinforcing.” read more

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' Just Got a Little Bit Clearer

Nearly a year ago, the New York Public Service Commission initiated a groundbreaking effort to overhaul the longstanding electric utility business model. In the months since starting, the Commission has sought advice, quietly refining its vision while largely refraining from big pronouncements about the proceeding. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's Changing Keystone Oil Pipeline Stance

President Obama has used increasingly negative rhetoric in recent months when discussing the Keystone XL pipeline. The President’s remarks have left most observers with the impression that he will reject the controversial pipeline’s permit and cancel the project once and for all. read more

PJM: Regional Cooperation Leads to Lower Costs and Enhanced Reliability

Regional grid operator PJM, the regional transmission organization (RTO) with responsibility and authority to coordinate the efficient movement of electricity, has concluded that cooperation with other states is the best way for states to meet their pollution reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan. read more

Continuing Momentum in Renewable Microgrids: Solarcity Launches Microgrid Offering

Solarcity is building on its distributed renewable energy experience by launching its GridLogic microgrid offering. It will be a turnkey offering integrating distributed residential and commercial solar, battery and controllable loads as well as shared solar, battery and back-up power and system control. read more

The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

It’s no secret that most islands pay a high price for electricity. From Bermuda to Fiji, the cost of electricity would shock even Europeans. But for most island economies, it’s not as simple as just swapping imported fossil fuels for renewable generation, even if the high-level economics seem promising. read more

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Smart meters, a device that records consumption of electricity and communicates this information, are the central component of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the broader infrastructure that allows the utility to communicate, enabling new products and services as part of the “smart grid.” read more

How to Make Money in the Chaos of Oil and Gas: Interview with Stephane Foucaud

Stephane Foucaud is managing director, institutional research, of FirstEnergy Capital LLP. Before joining FirstEnergy, he was head of oil and gas research at Fox Davies Capital and senior oil and gas analyst at Société Générale in London, covering Royal Dutch Shell, BP, BG Group, Statoil and Cairn Energy. read more

Rethink the Grid: Personal Power Stations

“Get big or get out!” Those were the famous, and controversial, words of Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture in the seventies. Considering the combination of renewable technology and battery storage, a new popular mantra may emerge: get small and be free. read more

Global Warming: Out of Sight, Peace of Mind

Burying heat in the ocean will be called by some sweeping the global warming problem under the carpet. but that is not the case because the process is accomplished by converting damaging heat to productive use and further it is accomplished in no one's backyard. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We're Not Just Up a Creek Without a Paddle, We're Losing the Creek Too'

California is in uncharted territory as their severe drought drags on and water reserves drop to their lowest points ever, with no relief in sight. This winter continued the dry trend and there was little snowfall in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains. read more

Friday Energy Facts: Energy Subsidies Decline Since 2010, with Changes Across Fuel Types

Between fiscal year (FY) 2010 and FY 2013, the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23% from $38.0 billion to $29.3 billion dollars, reflecting changes in both the type of subsidies offered and fuels that received support. read more

The Decoupling of Energy, Carbon, and GDP in the United States

The recent announcement by the International Energy Agency that CO2 emissions fell in 2014 while GDP expanded was welcome news. The decoupling of carbon and economic activity has been a steady trend for a long time in the United States. read more

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC