Blog Profile / The Energy Collective


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Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, the United Nations Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why the year 2015 is going to be a highly critical year for global sustainable development. read more

Colorado Health Officials Debunk Lung Association's Ozone 'Report Card'

Colorado’s health department and the state’s top air quality regulator have sharply criticized claims by the ALA about ozone levels in the Denver area. Citing its own “report card” on the region’s air quality, they said that levels of ground-level ozone – smog – are deteriorating rather than improving. read more

Move Over Mandates: Can a New 'Personal Energy Independence' Bill Entice Congress?

Federal policy proposals in support of clean energy are often controversial, relying mostly on mandates or targets that trouble free-market conservatives. But could a new bill based on consumer choice and market fairness change the framework for supporting distributed generation at the federal level? read more

Higher R&D Investment in Renewable Energy Technologies Critical for Clean-Energy Innovation & Climate Action

Global investment in renewable energy sources in 2014 rose almost 17 percent year-on-year to $270.2 billion with investments in developing countries growing by 36 percent, finds a new UNEP Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report. read more

Friday Energy Facts: Projected Electric Capacity Additions are Below Recent Historical Levels

Capacity additions through 2017, much of which are under construction, average about 17 GW per year and about half are nonhydro renewable plants (mainly wind and solar) prompted by federal tax incentives and renewable portfolio standards. read more

New Federal Flood Protection Standards Will Prepare Nation for Climate Change

Three months ago the President signed an executive order that updated flood protection standards that federal agencies use when deciding where to build, how to build, and what projects should receive federal funding. The executive order established an improved margin of safety. read more

Meanwhile, in Australia: Innovative Storage Quietly Being Installed

Tesla very recently captured the world’s attention with its announcement of a new storage solution recently. What was perhaps most telling for Australians is that the company singled out the land down under as a key market for the future of the technology. read more

Energy News: With Powerwall, Musk Makes Energy Storage Cool

The Tesla announcement brought two new and important things to the table: enthusiasm and relentless, wall-to-wall coverage of advanced energy technologies. One YouTube video of the announcement has nearly 2 million views in a week. read more

Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

Natural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility was recently constructed to replace natural gas-fired heating. read more

Is 15% of the Global Clean Energy Market Good Enough?

How does 15 percent measure up? If you’re talking about America’s share of a $1.3 trillion global clean energy market, that 15-percent figure, while not too shabby, merits further consideration about how we got here – and where we should be heading. read more

The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Red Herring

Every few months we hear another round of passionate recommendations that fossil fuel subsidies be phased out to level the playing field for clean energy. Sounds sensible, but there’s reason to think that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies wouldn’t be nearly as transformative as is often suggested. read more

"Pre-Pay" Carbon Policy: How Carbon Removal Enables Regulatory Alternatives

There is growing support for governments across the world to price carbon emissions. Moving from theory to practice, however, has proven challenging, as the two leading approaches to pricing carbon, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, only cover about 12% of all carbon emissions globally today. read more

How EnerNOC Is Building Tesla's Batteries Into Its Demand Response Plans

Tesla’s battery business isn’t just about putting Powerwall units into solar-roofed homes. Commercial and industrial customers pay a lot more attention to their energy costs, and they bear a bigger burden from demand charges that batteries are good at containing. read more

UK Election Aftermath: The Energy Industry

After witnessing a political storm around the general election, it is time to start looking at what the Conservatives will be doing to the United Kingdom country over the next five years. This is the first majority Conservative government since 1992 when John Major lead the party. read more

President Obama Approves Drilling in the Arctic: Should We Be Outraged?

On Monday, the Obama Administration gave conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off the northern coast of Alaska. On environmental grounds alone, I think drilling offshore in the Arctic is a foolish risk. read more

Will Areva Survive a Cascade of Crises?

Phillippe Knoche, Areva’s CEO, at this point in his brief history at the head of the firm, could probably be forgiven for thinking that without too much trouble he could throw a rock in just about any direction and hear the clang of its impact on side of one of the firm’s major crisis. read more

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America's Century-Old Energy Market?

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass utilities and buy clean energy directly from a solar provider. The deal set a historical precedent for corporate renewable energy purchases that may, over time, have huge financial implications for traditional utilities. read more

Indian Point: Physical Versus Political Realities and Nuclear Plants

Recently, an output transformer at Indian Point Energy Center in New York failed. It leaked, burned and exploded and required water and then firefighting foam to extinguish. This event would have been fairly unremarkable except for the fact that some of the oil went into the Hudson River. read more

The German 'Energiewende' - Finally One Step Too Far?

In March it was first reported by German TV network ARD that the utility E.ON was considering mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went online in 2010. read more

Subsidizing Renewables for the Damage Not Done

In this divided age, few topics beyond motherhood, apple pie, and the iPhone 6 enjoy widespread public approval. So it is notable that, in a recent Gallup Poll, two out of three Americans support an increased reliance on solar and wind energy sources. read more

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