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Filed Under:Utilities / Energy
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Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Solar Energy Jumps to 22% of New US Generation Capacity in 2013

Natural gas was the clear winner in capacity additions for electric utilities in 2013, but grid-scale solar was the clear runner up, providing about 22 percent of new generating capacity. Solar's contribution is up significantly from 2012, when it provided less than 6 percent of new generation. read more

Shale Gas Blooms in China? Not So Fast

When China released its 2015 targets of 6.5 billion cubic meters of shale gas a few years back, it looked like the goal was out of reach. At the time, the country had zero commercial shale gas production and domestic natural gas extraction was mainly in the hands of state-owned companies. read more

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

Texas is debating about just how to actually design their power market so as to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind energy and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well. read more

Yes, Climate Change Is Here: Yes, We Can Solve It

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounds a piercing alarm about the dangers every nation faces from runaway climate change. Climate change, the IPCC scientists tell us, is already jeopardizing food supplies, water resources, even the stability of nations. read more

How Japan Replaced Half its Nuclear Capacity with Efficiency

After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of power cuts during summer consumption peaks. read more

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding. read more

Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Energy Market

The residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels, as well as with access to increasingly cheaper capital. We are in a post-CSI era and yet installation prices continue to fall. read more

Energy With Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things. Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can improve on that. read more

New York Green Bank Open for Business, Deals in the Works

No you can’t deposit your money in a bank powered solely by wind and solar (well, maybe you can) but that’s not what the New York Green Bank is about. This bank manages a pool of state money to help finance private sector renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other projects. read more

China's Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution

China’s renewable energy revolution moves ahead, with 2013 as an inflection point where scales tipped more to electricity generated from renewables. This means that its energy security is being enhanced, while carbon emissions from the power sector can be expected to soon start to fall. read more

Our High-Energy Planet

One billion people lack access to electricity, and billions more still burn wood and dung for their basic energy needs. Our High-Energy Planet, a new report from an international group of energy and environment scholars, outlines a radically new framework for meeting the energy needs of the global poor. read more

Measuring Suburban Sprawl

We've been taught growth is good. But what if growth is poorly managed, so that it creates problems too? That's what we call sprawl. Solving sprawl requires alignment of rules and incentives for land-development such that smart growth-management is the rule rather than the exception. read more

Five States and the Gulf of Mexico Produce More than 80% of U.S. Crude Oil

Five states and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013. Texas alone provided almost 35%, according to preliminary 2013 data released in EIA's March Petroleum Supply Monthly. read more

Water Utility Turns to DR and Efficiency to Save $500M Annually

From high rises in Los Angeles to 7-Elevens in New York City, enterprises are looking for ways around high utility demand charges during peak times of electricity usage. But for water utilities, especially in California, it’s difficult to tackle energy costs in the midst of a water crisis. read more

Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

A system is a set of components that interact in an organized fashion toward a common purpose. Add living organisms like humans, it becomes an ecosystem. The electric grid was a complex system, but the advent of Smart Grid technologies started a grid transformation into a complex ecosystem read more

How Big Is The World's Biggest Solar Energy Farm?

In the last few months we have seen both the world's largest solar bridge and the world's largest solar farm open. The bridge was opened in London, a city so famous for its fog that they named a fashion label after it. The farm was built in the middle of the Californian desert. read more

It’s Time to Refocus California's Climate Strategy

Climate change is a global emissions problem. California produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next few decades, the majority of emissions will come from developing countries. If we don’t solve the problem in the developing world, we don’t solve the problem. read more

Environmental Groups Gear Up to Stop US LNG Exports

Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and 350.org wrote to President Obama, urging him to require a Keystone-style environmental review--presumably entailing similar delays--for the proposed Cove Point, Maryland liquefied natural gas export terminal. read more

Tackling Energy Poverty with Renewables?

As economies and populations grow, standards of living improve for billions of people, and with it the need for energy continues to rise. Or as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim put it “energy is a critical part of boosting prosperity and eradicating poverty.” read more

Catalyzing the Oil and Gas Industry to Clean Up its Act

The oil and gas industry leaks a significant amount of natural gas into the atmosphere. Most of this leaked gas is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas pollutant. This leaked gas also represents a great deal of lost product for the oil and gas industry read more

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