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Filed Under:Utilities / Energy
Posts on Regator:6153
Posts / Week:35.5
Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

What We Don't Know About Economic Climate Change Impacts

Relatively recent econometric literature examines the impact of weather/climate on a variety of outcomes of economic interest. In order to provide an estimate of a climate impact you need two things: An estimate of how a sector responds to a change in weather/climate and projections of future climate. read more

Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary. read more

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone

From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have been trickling in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of a "solar lease" -- is driving record sales. Now, we can add one more data point to add to the mounting evidence. read more

Solar and Other Renewables Maintain Lead in U.S. Generating Capacity Installed

The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that renewable energy sources provided 55.7% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in the first half of 2014, with solar coming in at 1,131 MW. The trend is expected to continue, both in the U.S. and globally. read more

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper. Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up every two years. read more

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair. read more

Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’? read more

Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule

Under EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation. read more

High-Energy Africa

Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity. read more

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change. read more

A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses. read more

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the United States. read more

Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014. read more

Setting State Carbon Pollution Targets

In June, the EPA proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for fossil-fuel power plants. Since then, a bevy of pundits have been busy finding fault with various aspects of the proposal. For the most part, these critiques are off-base, failing to highlight the most important issues. read more

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary strategy can do much more harm than good. read more

Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

Daviel Yergin stated that if not for the recent domestic boom in tight oil production the U.S. would be in trouble. “I’m convinced we’d be looking at an oil crisis,” he said. “We’d have panic in the public. We’d have inflamed congressional hearings and we’d have the U.S. economy falling back into a recession.” read more

Geoengineering - Insanity? All the More Reason to Discuss It

Is geoengineering the key to solving the global climate change problem? That’s the kind of question that evokes a knee-jerk reaction from those who consider it, including me. I believe we’re already doing enough geoengineering on the planet, albeit unplanned and perhaps unintended. read more

The Secret Art of Solar Finance

If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing. read more

Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption your goal can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time. But for every goal, there’s a wrong and right way to reach it. read more

Third-Party Financing Was Solar's Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors. Is it working? If a new survey of hundreds of project developers is any indication, the efficiency industry still hasn't found financing momentum. read more

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