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Charting China's Carbon Horizon

Discussions around China’s carbon emissions reached a fever pitch throughout September’s UN Climate Summit, punctuated by a new report from the Global Carbon Project estimating the country’s total emissions at 9.9 billion metric tons of CO2 (MTCO2) in 2013, or 28% of the global total. read more

Gilded Age of Gas

If we are entering the ‘Golden Age of Gas,’ a phrase used by the IEA since 2011 to describe the expansion of global Liquid Natural Gas trading and the US shale gas boom, the implications for producer nations like Qatar should be ubiquitously positive. read more

California Drought Leads to Less Hydropower, Increased Natural Gas Generation

The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California's governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category. read more

812 Million Ways Louisiana Could Have Made Itself More Resilient

A report released last week has revealed that the State of Louisiana has failed to make use of $812 million in disaster mitigation money it was given to make its communities more resilient and better prepared for floods, storms, sea level rise, and hurricanes. read more

Texas Comptroller's New Report Should Not Play Favorites

The Texas Comptroller decided to come out swinging against renewable energy, specifically wind, in a report entitled Texas Power Challenge: Getting the Most From Your Energy Dollars. It would be easier to take this report seriously if it applied the same pressure and scrutiny to the oil, gas, and coal industries. read more

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. read more

Tesla's Powertrain Group: Driving the Grid-Scale Energy Storage Business

While Tesla may have recently made its big announcement, we also recently heard from Tesla's Director of Powertrain Business Development, Mateo Jaramillo, the keynote speaker at last week's Energy Storage North America. He spoke of Tesla's aggressive efforts in stationary storage. read more

Oil and Gas Investor Editor Leslie Haines: We Will Never Stop Importing Oil, but We May Start Exporting

Leslie Haines is editor-in-chief of Oil and Gas Investor magazine. In November 1992, the Independent Petroleum Association of America awarded Haines with the 2nd Annual Lloyd Unsell Award for Excellence in Petroleum Journalism. She is a former president of the Houston Producers' Forum. read more

Making the World a Better Place: One Megawatt at a Time

The challenges to achieving 100 percent renewable sources of power are numerous. Variability in available renewable sources of energy is one, but these are further exacerbated by the patchwork of policies from state to state all across the country. read more

People's Climate March: What’s the Impact?

While the energy and enthusiasm at the People's Climate March was great, the reason for the march was that we want to see more ambitious policies. The march itself does not reduce emissions, but it may draw more attention to climate change and send a signal to decision-makers that action is required. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Best Storage is Gas in the Pipeline and Fast-Reacting Turbines'

There is enormous market opportunity for grid-scale energy storage solutions on both the power supply and demand side, but historically low US natural gas prices appear to represent a headwind moderating widespread energy storage deployment. read more

Qatar's Gas Powered Politics

Qatar has built a sphere of commercial and diplomatic ties through gas export deals, strategic investments, conflict mediation and financially backing particular political regimes. If the emirate has one weakness, it is overexposure: Qatar’s activist diplomacy has invited scrutiny from leaders and allies alike. read more

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production

Yeast is commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry. read more

Lower Demand, Higher Supply Drive Oil Prices to Lowest Level Since 2012

The price of North Sea Brent crude oil has fallen to around $91 per barrel, the lowest level in more than two years and about 21% lower than its year-to-date peak of $115 per barrel on June 19. Average monthly Brent spot prices had traded within a narrow $5 per barrel range, from $107 to $112 per barrel. read more

WSJ Gets it Wrong on 'Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven't Come True'

The Wall Street Journal published “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True, which seems to say there are two possible outcomes: The peak oil version of what to expect from oil limits is correct, or diminishing returns can and are being put off by technological progress. But a third outcome is actually happening. read more

Fuel Economy Continues Upward Climb to New Record

The EPA has crunched the numbers and the fleet of cars and light trucks sold with model year 2013 hit a new record of 24.1 miles per gallon. The latest Fuel Economy Trends report finds that automakers are producing more fuel-saving vehicles to keep up with clean car and fuel economy standards. read more

Embedded CDR Options: How Might They Change Our Thinking About Clean Energy Today

The field of CDR suffers from the perception that, because CDR won’t be needed at large scale for several decades, we can focus our efforts on developing and deploying other approaches to preventing climate change (such as energy efficiency and renewable energy). read more

Why is the Arctic at the Center of World Politics?

News coverage of the Arctic has been growing with the rising importance of the region in recent years. The focus of international politics often tends to revolve around energy security within the context of a global scramble for resources to keep individual countries’ economic growth engines humming. read more

Britain's First Nuclear Power Plant In A Generation Isn't A Great Deal, But Neither Are The Alternatives

The European Commission announced that Britain's first new nuclear power plant for over twenty years does not violate state aid laws, and it now appears certain that it will be built. Hinkley C has been described as the "most expensive power plant ever built" by the usual assortment of green voices. read more

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. read more

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