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Troubles With America's First Clean Coal Plant Put Mississippi Power 'on the Brink of Bankruptcy'

Months after a landmark carbon capture project in Illinois was scrapped after losing government funding, the builder of America's first commercial-scale clean coal project in Kemper County, Mississippi is facing financial troubles due to soaring costs and long construction delays. read more

What the EPA Rules Mean for Carbon Capture and Storage

In its final rules for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the importance of carbon capture and storage technologies to achieving U.S. carbon reduction goals. read more

EIA Lowers Crude Oil Price Forecast Through 2016

Amid uncertainty in the oil market, EIA has lowered crude oil price forecasts in the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), expecting West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices to average $49 per barrel (b) in 2015 and $54/b in 2016, $6/b and $8/b lower than forecast in last month's STEO, respectively. read more

Clean Energy Partnerships Grow between the U.S. Military and Rural Cooperatives

Rural electric cooperatives are not-for-profit electric utilities that provide reliable, at-cost electricity to their members. They’re ingrained in the American landscape: more than 900 rural cooperatives serve more than 42 million customers in 47 states, accounting for 12 percent of all U.S. electricity sales. read more

Carbon Fees are Not the Best Solution to Climate Pollution

Several prominent articles this year that have taken a position against energy efficiency have attracted enough press attention to require formal refutations. But these articles all have something in common: an ideological belief that markets work best unconditionally. read more

Syria Diplomacy and Oil: Geopolitics May Change Oil Outlook Dramatically Again

As the U.S. Congress gears up to debate the merits of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 powers last July, the Obama Administration is working overtime to get Mideast diplomacy off the ground to prove that the politically controversial deal is paying the way for a better Middle East. read more

Out On A Limb: Energy Storage To Track Rapid Development Of Marcellus Shale, PV

Predicting the future is hard, I get it, but it shocks me how abysmally wrong some of the smartest people in the business can be, even with the best information, such as a recent interview with John Rowe, who acknowledged that he and his executive team essentially missed the coming shale gas revolution. read more

GAO Report Details Challenges Ahead for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

The United States General Accounting Office has published a significant report, which is both informative and readable, about the prospects for advanced reactors being developed for commercial customers in the U.S. The outlook is not especially hopeful. read more

FEMA Trying to Catch Up to Impacts of Climate Change

The climate is changing. Extreme storms and flooding are becoming more common - especially in the Midwest and Northeast. That is because warmer air and water temperatures exacerbate the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. For coastal areas, there is the added spectre of sea level rise. read more

Four Powerhouse Bills to Help California get to 50 Percent Renewable Energy

California is deep into the dog days of summer, and pressure is mounting on the state’s electric grid to keep up with demand. Luckily, California’s legislature is working to bring more clean energy resources to the grid, diversifying how we power our homes and businesses. read more

Why the Pope is Wrong on Markets

I recently read the 'Laudato Si,' which carries the subtitle “On care for our common home”. This is a well researched position paper which touches on a variety of topics and makes it very clear that the pope cares much more about distributional issues than the average economist. read more

Saudi Investors Join $70 Million VC Round For Solexel's Thin Silicon Solar Technology

Solexel, one of the few remaining stand-alone solar silicon startups, has completed a long-in-the-making $70 million round of funding and added Riyadh Valley Company, the VC investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, to its list of investors. read more

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand, also known as biocapacity. read more

It's Always Sunny in Orlando (and Maui); AEE Members Ink Big Deals [ENERGY NEWS]

Solar becoming cost competitive in sunny Florida and Hawaii, and AEE members making deals worth millions. Just another week’s work for advanced energy. In Orlando, the municipal utility announced a deal to buy solar-generated electricity for less than it could get from coal and natural gas facilities. read more

Understanding IRPs: How Utilities Plan for the Future

In order for utilities to plan for meeting future energy demands in the most cost-effective way, many states require through regulation or legislation that utilities to file integrated resource plans (IRPs) with their state public utility commissions (PUCs). read more

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones. read more

India Issues Annual Targets for 100-Gigawatt Solar Mission

Can India install 5 gigawatts of rooftop solar by 2017? India has released a year-by-year roadmap for its aggressive solar target of 100 gigawatts by 2022. Rooftop solar is slated to account for 40 percent of the target, while larger grid-scale projects will make up the rest. read more

Texas Electric Grid Serves Record-High Power Demand

During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW) between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on August 10. read more

Hottest July On Record Keeps 2015 On Track To Crush 2014 For Hottest Year

NASA reports this was the hottest July on record. So we are now in “bet the mortgage” territory that 2015 will be the hottest year in NASA’s 125-year temperature record. In fact, 2015 is likely to crush the previous record — 2014 — probably by a wide margin. read more

Implicit Climate Subsidy Exceeds Profits at 20 Top Fossil Fuel Companies

I recently published a paper, along with my colleagues Paul Gilding and Jimena Alvarez. For 20 leading fossil fuel producing firms, we measured the economic cost to society of the climate change impacts caused by the use of their products, and compared this with their profits in each year from 2008 to 2012. read more

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