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Blog Profile / The Energy Collective


URL :http://theenergycollective.com/
Filed Under:Utilities / Energy
Posts on Regator:6463
Posts / Week:35.9
Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Want to Schedule Your Electricity Use to Reduce Pollution? Here's How

Some of us occasionally feel the urge to turn off the kitchen/porch/office light as our small step towards addressing global climate change. A Berkeley PhD student – Gavin McCormick – has started a nonprofit to provide information on exactly how our actions impact pollution. read more

Don't Toss Out the Good Electricity with the Bad

Some electricity uses can reduce overall carbon emissions. Here are some options for EPA to consider to avoid inadvertently discouraging states from deploying electric vehicles, electric mass transit, and other technologies that use electricity instead of a dirtier fuel. read more

EU Bans and the Hairdryer Conundrum

Last week the UK media put a lot of effort into reporting on the EU ban on the sale of the most powerful vacuum cleaners and then extended the discussion to possible future action on other high end appliances that consume a lot of energy, such as powerful hair dryers, kettles, toasters and so on. read more

EDF's SolaROI Study: Understanding What PG&E's Electricity Rate Changes Mean for Solar PV

Our eyes are fixed firmly on improving local air quality and reducing global warming caused by fossil-fuel based electricity. We have high hopes for the role that clean, renewable, and distributed energy solutions like rooftop solar can play in “decarbonizing” our energy system. read more

Power Satellite Progress

Power satellites are a complicated subject. It involves economics, "rocket science," i.e., the rocket equation, orbital mechanics, radiators, thermodynamics, microwave and laser optics, geography, geometry, radio frequency interference with communications, and more. read more

The Top 5 Trends in Soft Grid, 2014 Edition

These are some of the findings that Ben Kellison, GTM Research’s director of grid research, has collected in this handy primer on the key trends in the soft grid over the past year. Some of these transitions are moving along more smoothly. Others are still in their early stages. read more

Worldwide Solar Market to Grow 75% by 2019 to Over 65 GW

With prices continuing to drop, solar has been rapidly growing for the past several years. Reports have started to come out that agree that solar growth will be strong in the coming years. The solar industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.3% worldwide. read more

Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass. read more

Transmission Investment Times Five: Will the Grid be Secure?

Utilities have lagged behind technologically for far too long, and this has left the United States’ electric grid extremely vulnerable. If something as mundane as powerlines touching tree branches can take out our electricity, how prepared are we for severe weather, cyber threats, or high demand? read more

Mexico's New Power Industry Law: Implications for Clean Energy

On August 11, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto enacted secondary energy reform legislation, thus concluding a legislative process to overhaul Mexico’s energy sector that stems from a December 20, 2013 decree modifying several energy-related provisions. read more

Taking Action on Climate Change in Latin American Cities Helps Meet Development Goals

Climate change is portrayed as an environmental issue, but in regions like Latin America, it’s actually also a development issue. Across the region important economic sectors and resources are highly vulnerable to climate disruptions, and low-income and rural communities are disproportionately affected. read more

Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

In the context of economic development programs, governments do invest in businesses and do routinely try to pick the winners in the private sector. This is not because government decisions are clairvoyant or fair. It is because governments have no choice but to make those decisions. read more

Explaining Iowa's Credit for Early Action under the Clean Power Plan

Iowa’s target under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon pollution by 16% by 2030. Iowa would reduce emissions from existing power plants from 1,552 to 1,301 lbs/MWh (the amount of carbon emitted per each unit of power produced). read more

New China Energy Policy Focuses on Distributed Solar and Innovative Financing Tools

China is moving to accelerate its deployment of distributed rooftop solar with new incentives and new financing tools akin to the SolarCity leasing model. The National Energy Administration of China released a policy document earlier this week which provides extra subsidies for public entities and rural buildings. read more

Congress Likely to Punt Major Issues To Lame Duck

Congress will return to Washington on Monday, but expectations for action are low. With the mid-term elections two months away, Congress will be in session for only 12 days in September and October this year. It’s likely most major issues will be punted until the lame duck session in November. read more

With New Law, South Carolina Sets a Foundation for More Solar Energy

Another state in the Southeast United States is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing. read more

BP Oil Spill Penalty Could Reach 15% of Company's Market Cap

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found BP was grossly negligent with regard to the accident and its activities in conjunction with the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said it “strongly disagrees” with the finding and will immediately appeal. read more

Has Ukraine Shot Itself in the Foot With Gas Pipeline Deal?

Last week, Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk pushed a bill through the Verkhovna Rada that would see his country’s gas transportation system sold off to a group of international investors. This decision may hurt the fragile industrial recovery in Germany and finish off Ukraine’s potential as a gas transit route to Europe. read more

Tesla's Gigafactory Finds a Home in Nevada

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s groundbreaking battery manufacturing facility (called a “Gigafactory”) will be located in Nevada. read more

Oil Field Services Surprise: Brandon Dobell on the Upstart that Could Compete with the Big Three

Brandon Dobell, partner and group head, global services at William Blair & Co. LLC, specializes in the energy, real estate services and technology industries. Dobell was previously group head, global services research at Credit Suisse. He also worked in equity research at Bank of America Securities. read more

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