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Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Politics of a Warming Arctic

In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, including Canada, the U.S. Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia. The AEPS identified six principal pollution issues: persistent organic pollutants, oil pollution, heavy metals, noise, radioactivity and acidification. read more

19 Graphs That Explain Solar Panels for Home Owners (With Maps!)

Every week or two I get an email asking for information about going solar. Although I’ve had solar panels myself for three years, and have a bit of solar info on my website, I generally refer people off to other resources in the full knowledge they aren’t ideal. Today I’m going to fix that. read more

Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

Over the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are moving away from traditional coal generation and toward alternative, cleaner energy sources. read more

The Energy Gang: Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain [PODCAST]

Two countries with great renewable energy resources in the world -- Australia and Spain -- are also hostile to the industry. Australia just changed its national policies for renewables, upsetting project development plans. And Spain proposed yet another tax on storage systems to discourage self-consumption. read more

Activists Are Superfans, and Other Roundtable Revelations

Activism is rarely thought of positively. We usually associate activists with customers (or shareholders) who don’t like the way a company is going and will petulantly alert stakeholders, and disrupt the normal flow of business until they’re outmaneuvered, ignored or victorious. But activists are, fundamentally, superfans. read more

Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

The traditional electricity distribution model can be viewed as a “macrogrid,” using a centrally located power station to provide electricity to an extensive territory. This model was designed during the early days of electrification with the objective of providing power to as many customers as possible. read more

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

Almost three dozen firms representing $1.3 billion of investor money are pursuing technological innovations in the field of nuclear energy. A June 2015 report by the Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank, details the mix of firms includes small startups and big-name investors like Bill Gates. read more

Paris Warms Up for Climate Event of the Decade

Last week, more than 2000 climate change researchers gathered in Paris for the ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’ conference, an enormous and prestigious event as part of the preparations for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year. read more

Green Banking Goes Local

In June Montgomery County, Maryland became the first local jurisdiction in the nation to create a green bank. Green banks provide financing for renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that commercial sources will not yet provide on their own. read more

Hawai'i: The Next Frontier

Aloha, dear readers. I just got to spend some time with a number of the world’s smartest economists on Oahu and some vacation time on Maui. Hawai’i is an awesome place. Not only because of its pristine beaches, balmy waters and glorious sunsets, but because of the energy challenges and opportunities it faces. read more

Who Killed the Urban Electric Car?

Electric vehicles offer one of the most promising options for improving the livability of urban environments. The benefits of switching to electrics in densely populated areas include improved air quality, reduced engine fluid run-off pollution and less risk of ground water contamination from petroleum storage. read more

New York Looks to Cement Its Lead as Microgrid Capital of the World

The NY Prize community microgrid competition issued a request for proposals in February to grant $100,000 to as many as 30 communities to study the feasibility of microgrids. This week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced 83 winners for the first stage of the competition. read more

Summer Gasoline Prices are Lowest in Years

The average retail price for motor gasoline this summer (April through September) is expected to be $2.67 per gallon, the lowest price (in real dollars, meaning adjusted for inflation) since 2009, based on projections in EIA's July Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). read more

Commentary: Cracking Open A Window for Iran to Attain its "Economy of Resistance"

As news of a deal between Iran and the P+1 group intensifies, markets and companies will increasingly focus on what it will mean for oil. There are already hints that any deal will involve inspections, followed by affirmation of compliance, by the International Atomic Energy Agency which could take up to six months. read more

There's a Civil War Brewing Over Solar in Florida

Florida has a lot of laws banning odd things. Public buildings are not allowed to install doors that open inward; skateboarding anywhere in the state is illegal without a permit. These legacy laws are never enforced. But there's another that is enforced every day: a ban on third-party sales of solar electricity. read more

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines. read more

Last Monday's Large Percentage Decline in Crude Oil Prices was Relatively Rare

The front-month futures price for crude oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) declined 7.7% on Monday, July 6, the largest single-day decline in percentage terms since February 4. With this decline, oil prices fell below the trading range established over the past few months. read more

The Scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes Undermines Trust in Government's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

The government’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes target plus the equivalent for non-domestic houses is a major setback for achieving a low carbon UK and will undermine the credibility of the policy mix on building energy efficiency and beyond. read more

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy. read more

Cyberattack on U.S. Power Plants Could Cause $1T in Economic Damage

Let’s imagine an “improbable, but not impossible” cyberassault on the U.S. power grid. A shadowy group of skilled and malicious actors spend years implanting a piece of malware, dubbed the “Erebos” trojan, in the control systems of power plants across the Northeastern United States. read more

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