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So Much From So Little

One of the many report launches at COP22 was the 2016 Global Status of CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage), released by GCCSI (Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute) on November 15th. The report identifies 15 large-scale CCS projects in operation around the world, with a CO2 capture capacity of close to 30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).

Why Sharing Solar is the Next Big Thing in Energy

The disruption and the opportunities being offered by solar PV and battery storage are likely to be accelerated massively by the introduction of new software such as the “blockchain” system that has already taken root in financial systems, writes Giles Parkinson of the leading Australian energy website Reneweconomy.

What’s Next for Vehicle Fuel Economy?

The Obama administration has been a great champion of higher fuel economy and corresponding reductions in vehicles’ emissions of greenhouse gases. There’s no reason to expect continuity in this area from the new administration, and an advisor to president-elect Trump has indicated that fuel economy and emissions standards are on their radar.

The OPEC Deal: Here Are The Details

Oil prices surged more than 8 percent on Wednesday as OPEC shocked the world and reached an agreement to cut production. If OPEC members succeed in implementing the deal, set to take effect in January, it could erase the global surplus in an instant.

Innovative Partnerships Help Alleviate Energy Poverty in Africa

Energy poverty refers to the situation of a large number of people in developing countries whose well-being is negatively affected by very low consumption of energy, use of dirty or polluting fuels, and excessive time spent collecting fuel to meet basic needs. Show More Summary

Can the IEA Get Through to President Trump Before It’s Too Late?

For over a year, pundits around the world believed that Donald Trump had almost no chance of winning the United States Presidential Election. Their mockery turned to shock when Trump surprisingly flipped several states that have voted for democrats for several decades.

We Lose More Than You Think if NASA’s Climate Science is Cut

A senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump is urging the new administration to shut down NASA’s world-leading climate science work. The idea, apparently, is that turning away from facts about climate change will make it go awa...

IEA World Energy Outlook 2016

The IEA has released the 2016 version of their annual world energy outlook report - World Energy Outlook 2016. The report has prompted a spate of articles about "peak oil demand" (with earlier reports from the Economist and WSJ being joined this week by Forbes, Bloomberg and The FT). Show More Summary

Key Glacier In West Antarctica Breaking Apart From Inside Out

CleanTechnica has an article on danger signs emerging on the west antarctic ice sheet - Key Glacier In West Antarctica Breaking Apart From Inside Out — “We May See Significant Collapse Of West Antarctica In Our Lifetimes”. One of the...Show More Summary

Dawn in the desert ?

During the mid-noughties I thought that solar thermal power was going to become in the dominant form of renewable energy in the medium term - failing to foresee just how dramatic the price and performance improvements for solar PV and energy storage would be over the following decade. Show More Summary

Indians wait patiently as steel moves to front of queue

To their surprise, delegates and speakers flying into Mumbai last month for Platts Steel Markets Asia conference were witnesses to history in the making. Ten days earlier, on November 8, the Modi government had launched a “demonetization” drive, the core of which was the gradual removal of Rupees 500 and Rupees 1,000 notes from circulation. Show More Summary

Giant new cover for Chernobyl is an engineering marvel – and a monumental waste of money

A couple of days ago, one of the largest movable structures ever built was rolled into place to surround Chernobyl Unit 4, the infamous power plant in Ukraine. That plant was destroyed more than 30 years ago when it suffered a steamShow More Summary

The Trouble with Trump's Infrastructure Ambitions

Randal O'Toole Based on what we know now, President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to promote infrastructure by giving private investors tax breaks for such projects will result in wasteful spending and do little to fix crumbling facilities or promote economic growth. Show More Summary

400 ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles on the way for Europe

Elektrek reports that Ford and a group of German car manufacturers are rolling out a network of fast charging stations in Europe - 5 major automakers join forces to deploy 400 ultra-fast (350 kW) charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. Show More Summary

India unveils the world's largest solar power plant

Al Jazeera has a report on India's massive Kamuthi solar PV power plant - India unveils the world's largest solar power plant. The facility in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, has a capacity of 648 MW and covers an area of 10 sq km. This makes it...Show More Summary

Why Clean Energy is a Partisan Issue on Capitol Hill, and Nowhere Else

November of a presidential election year is traditionally a time for seeking common ground to heal divides from heated political banter. How better to bring people together than picking bipartisan, low-hanging fruit and moving forward on consensus, popular issues? To the American public, at least, one such issue is clean energy support.

Is Burning Wood CO2 Neutral?

The EU and US have declared, “Burning wood is CO2-neutral”. East Europe and the US Southeast still have significant areas with forests. Starting about 2005, major parts of these forests have been harvested by means of clear-cutting. In 2016, about 6 million metric ton of wood pellets will be shipped from the US Southeast to Europe for co-firing in coal-fired power plants.

ORIGINAL REPORTING: How The Clean Power Plan Drove The Utility Power Mix Transition

Charts: How will the Clean Power Plan stay affect the utility power mix transition?; Utilities will keep adding renewables and natural gas, but the CPP could still have a big effect on how much Herman K. Trabish, March 8, 2016 (Utility...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: How Utilities Are Answering The Distributed Energy Resources Challenge

Learning by doing: How utilities are answering the distributed energy resources challenge; Utilities are beginning to understand how to make money with DERs, but it's still a work in progress Herman K. Trabish, March 9, 2016 (Utility...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Looking At New Rates To Unlock The Utility Of The Future

Can performance-based regulation unlock the utility of the future?; Fewer rate cases and smart performance incentives could drive utilities to innovate, according to a new paper Herman K. Trabish, March 17, 2016 (Utility Dive) Editor’s...Show More Summary

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