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What Is Holding Renewable Energy Back?

Bloomberg is now reporting that solar energy is cheaper than coal, and could become the lowest form of energy within a decade. Economies of scale are causing solar to drop from an average of $1.14 a watt all the way to 0.73 cents per watt by 2025.

It’s Time We Start Talking About Big Electrics

For years we have heard about the coming electric car revolution. In fact, there is a strong argument that beyond their actual cars, the other real contribution of Tesla has been to get people talking excitedly about electric cars, bringing massive attention to the market. One should not underestimate the power of this attention.

Policy Packaging or Policy Patching? How Energy Efficiency Policies Have Developed in the UK and Finland

Since 1945, UK energy policy has undergone seismic shifts as I set out in my first blog. Looking to the future, I think we will see more disruptive changes as we struggle to meet our climate change greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and learn to live responsibly (and happily) in a resource-limited world. Show More Summary

A Closer Look at the Gender Gap in Smart Home Efficiency

Most industries feature a gender gap of some kind, and smart-home technology is no different. We know that smart-home tech promises ways to increase energy efficiency in homes and reduce our carbon footprint, but not everyone is on the same page about it.

Energy News: Autonomous Cars Drive Vegas; Tesla Hires 1,100 Nevadans (So Far) for Gigafactory; Solar For Cheap

It’s the first week of the year, and the news is already teeming with stories about advanced energy. From cars that drive themselves stealing the show at CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) to new developments in EV batteries to entire countries running exclusively on advanced energy, the news demonstrates that advanced energy is here to stay.

NuScale Submits SMR Design Certification Package to NRC

In a major step toward the deployment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology, NuScale Power asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on December 31st, 2016 to approve the company’s 50 MW small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design.

Manufacturers Get New Standard for Recycling Concrete

Manufacturers now have a new set of voluntary standards for recycling returned fresh concrete. According to ASTM International that wrote the standard with industry’s input, it will support the growth in sustainable construction practices. Show More Summary

As Part of a Crackdown on Polluters, China Jails Execs for Illegally Dumping Hazardous Waste

China is cracking down on environmental crimes. The latest such effort is that a court there has fined DyStar $3 million and sent some of its managers to jail for illegally dumping hazardous waste into rivers.

Sustainable Business Models Mean Cleaner Air and More Economic Opportunity, say Biz Leaders

The Business & Sustainable Development Commission said Monday that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth up to US$12 trillion and increase employment by up to 380 million jobs by 2030.

New Projects Show Carbon Capture Is Not Dead

Petra Nova, the world's biggest CCS project started up last week, and other sites show that it's not just for coal anymore

TODAY’S STUDY: The State OF The U.S. Energy Transition, Part 2

Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System: The Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review January 2017 (U.S. Department of Energy) Summary for Policymakers: The Electricity Sector: Maximizing Economic Value and Consumer Equity This chapter discusses the role of the electricity sector in creating economic value. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, January 16: What Would Dr. King Do About Climate Change?; U.S. To Export Natural Gas; Where Corporates Are Boosting New Energy

What Would Dr. King Do About Climate Change? Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue Marion Renault, January 16, 2017 (Columbus Dispatch) "…[Would Martin Luther King have joined the fight against climate change? Faith-based] advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. Show More Summary

What Would Dr. King Do About Climate Change?

Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue Marion Renault, January 16, 2017 (Columbus Dispatch) "…[Would Martin Luther King have joined the fight against climate change? Faith-based] advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. Show More Summary

U.S. To Export Natural Gas

EIA's AEO2017 projects the United States as a net energy exporter in most cases January 5, 2017 (U.S. Energy Information Administration) “…[The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017)] presents updated projections for U.S. Show More Summary

Where Corporates Are Boosting New Energy

Which States Make It Easy for the Advancement of Renewable Energy? John Rogers, January 14, 2017 (EcoWatch) “…[The top states for making corporate renewables purchases easy are Iowa and Illinois but New Jersey, California, and Texas round out the top five. Show More Summary

History and promise of high temperature gas cooled reactors

By: Diarmuid Foley A small modular nuclear reactor to replace coal plants could be on the market within 5 years. In 2014, the Generation IV international forum[1] confirmed the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) as one of 6 promising...Show More Summary

U.S. Energy Under Trump

Next week's presidential inauguration will trigger the biggest policy and regulatory shift for the US energy industry in at least ten years. That's how long it has been since energy policy was set by a Republican president and Congress. Show More Summary

The Clean Power Plan and a New President: What Now?

For more than two years, AEE has been watching the Clean Power Plan (CPP) very closely; we have dissected and analyzed key aspects of the rule, followed the relevant regulatory proceedings, tracked state planning processes, and assessed modeling results. Show More Summary

Rooftop Solar: Too Expensive to Meter

Ernie Moniz, US Department of Energy, and the solar industry proclaim inexpensive dollar-a-watt solar panels. Let’s look at society’s cost for providing energy this way. Society’s cost is the total cash outlay, whether paid by power producers, ratepayers, taxpayers, or investors. Show More Summary

Nuclear Deal or Not, Trump Will Turn Iran Into a Hot Spot

Donald Trump could easily annul the Iran nuclear deal, writes Rajan Menon, Professor of International Relations at City College of New York and Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute. However, whether or not he will do so, is not the most important question, writes Menon.

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