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Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

New State Laws Seek to Improve Transparency in Utility Leak Management

A new Massachusetts law requiring gas utilities to annually report the location and age of known gas leaks has, for the first time, enabled the mapping of gas leaks from natural gas distribution across the state. This effort parallels EDF’s methane mapping project. read more

No to Pro-Nuclear at Any Price?

Three leading environmentalists in the UK, who once stunned their green colleagues by embracing nuclear energy as a solution for reducing carbon emissions, have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to excessive costs for new reactors. read more

Green Power Is The Key For Utilities To Keep Their Commercial Clients

Ten years ago shale gas production was still at miniscule levels and natural gas prices were well above $6 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) and showing no signs of decline; today gas is the go-to fuel and price projections have essentially flat-lined well under $5 per mmBtu. read more

Rethinking ESS Certification: Is There a Better Way?

A binary, pass-fail system of certification for ESS systems threatens a dangerous disconnect between public interest and private industry. While minimum safety standards are necessary, real progress in ESS safety will come only when safety becomes an inseparable part of the economics of energy storage. read more

Bridging Waves with Service Operation Vessels

Far from the coast, the winds are strong. This is the ideal place for offshore wind farms, and it is precisely here, thanks to the trend towards renewable energy, that large wind farms are being built. Yet until now, no appropriate maintenance concept for these high-performance power stations has been developed. read more

From Shopping to Investing, Online Platforms Are Changing the Business of Solar

When EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal looked at the results of his company's solar-homeowner survey conducted earlier this year, he was happy to see they validated his instincts. In one question, the 4,000 homeowners who participated were asked where they got the idea to buy solar. read more

Coal Use in China is Slowing

Economic deceleration, industry restructuring, and new energy and environmental policies have slowed the growth of coal consumption in China and are also driving more centralized and cleaner uses of coal. Energy-based consumption of coal grew only 1% to 2% in 2012 and 2013 and was flat in 2014. read more

Study: Electric Vehicles Can Dramatically Reduce Carbon Pollution from Transportation, and Improve Air Quality

Producing the electricity to power electric vehicles can generate emissions. But those emissions levels are far lower than the pollution emitted by conventional vehicles, and could be even lower as the electric power sector cleans up over next few decades, according to a new report issued recently. read more

California Makes Clean Energy History with Passage of SB 350

Every day thousands of Americans suffer from dirty and polluted air – costing the young and old their health, livelihood, and in many cases, their lives. As California is home to the top five most polluted cities in the country, we need action. read more

Broken Records: 2015 Hottest Summer, Hottest August, Hottest First Eight Months

Saying that it sounds like a broken record has itself become a broken record. The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows August was the hottest on record, with the summer 2015 the hottest summer on record. read more

Why Carbon Pricing Matters

An underpinning theme of my blog postings over the years has been discussion around government policy frameworks that seek to attach a cost to CO2 emissions – or so called carbon pricing. I have argued for them, commented on their inner workings and highlighted successes and failures along the way. read more

Race to the Bottom: How Renewable Microgrids will Compete with Diesel Power in the Coming Years

The fall in oil prices has created a number of knock-on effects for renewable energy and other emerging clean technologies. Some of these effects are clear cut; for example lower gas prices makes the economic case for electric vehicles more difficult. Other impacts are less clear-cut. read more

Recent Statistical Revisions Suggest Higher Historical Coal Consumption in China

New preliminary data from the China Statistical Abstract 2015 (CSA2015) show an upward revision to China's historical coal consumption and production. Energy-content-based coal consumption from 2000 to 2013 is up to 14% higher than previously reported, while coal production is up to 7% higher. read more

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators. read more

U.S., China Climate Leaders Summit Drives Subnational Partnerships and Local Implementation

Chinese and American leaders met in Los Angeles to engage partners on addressing climate change. Nine collaborative documents were signed during the summit by U.S. and Chinese cities and provinces, and between various business and academic players of the two countries. read more

EPA's Water Report: A Good but Incomplete Start

The oft-quoted statement of EPA’s water study – that it found no evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water sources”– implied to some that activities related to hydraulic fracturing had been declared risk-free. That couldn't be further from the truth. read more

A New Dawn for Energy Efficiency Financing

Energy efficiency remains one of the most stubborn energy transition challenges. The money is on the table, but the market is yet to take off. Now a ground-breaking project is developing standardized processes for bankable projects on a massive scale. Is investor confidence the key to unlocking the world’s ‘first fuel’? read more

How Our Energy Problem Leads to a Debt Collapse Problem

We don’t stop to think about how the whole economy works together. A major reason is that we have been lacking data to see long-term relationships. In this post, I show some longer-term time series relating to energy growth, GDP growth, and debt growth that help us understand our situation better. read more

California Backtracks on Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program

California’s effort to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, initiated by former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, suffered a major setback when present Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators agreed to exempt petroleum from the program. They succumbed to intense pressure from the oil industry. read more

A Slip of the Tongue: The Language of Climate Science

Hopes for a legally binding “hard” international agreement amongst nations attending the 21st COP in Paris in December are fading. A more likely outcome is a “strong symbolic agreement” with a built in review mechanism that would allow the “Paris Treaty” to be revisited and updated on a regular basis. read more

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