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European Residential Electricity Prices Increasing Faster than Prices in United States

European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices, and the gap has widened in recent years. In 2013, average residential electricity rates in European Union (EU) countries were more than double rates in the United States. read more

US-China Climate Pact a 'Game Changer' for Clean Energy

For the first time, the two largest greenhouse gas emitting countries in the world have pledged to reduce carbon pollution. This is a game changer. The agreement between the United States and China will be a giant boost for clean-energy markets. read more

The World's Biggest Battery Is Being Built in Southern California

The world's biggest battery is coming to California. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) revealed the winners of a massive 250-megawatt energy storage procurement round, one that could set new standards for incorporating distributed and customer-owned energy assets into grid operations. read more

RGGI States' Clean Power Plan Comments Prove We Can Cut More Carbon Pollution Fast

Last week, the nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) submitted their comments about the Clean Power Plan. Based on their considerable experience cutting carbon pollution, it’s no surprise the RGGI states expressed strong support for it. read more

Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Plan

The EPA’s initial emissions proposal is now under public review, before the agency issues a final rule in 2015. Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at the MIT, is one of 13 economists who co-authored an article about the policy in the journal Science. read more

Getting Cleantech Through its Awkward Teen Years

Not so long ago, cleantech was mired in a troubled childhood. Efficiency bored people into a coma, solar was expensive. Some companies accepted government support, some failed, providing fodder for political attack. Cleantech was a dirty word. Just think Solyndra. Now the pendulum has swung back. read more

CCS Breakthrough: sCO2 Power Cycles Offer Improved Efficiency and Integrated Carbon Capture

NET Power, a young company from Durham, North Caroline recently announced they will construct the first of a kind natural gas fueled power generation system with zero air emissions and complete carbon capture, which combines oxy-fuel combustion with a supercritical CO2 turbine to create power. read more

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: New Opportunities for Utilities

The experts of America’s Power Plan discuss new opportunities for electric utilities to drive development of distributed energy resources. By leveraging their social mandate and aggregator status, utilities can become essential enablers for customers to take advantage of new investment opportunities. read more

Two Views on Mitigation Economics

The annual Forum held by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is always an interesting event, and the recent Forum held in Boston was no exception thanks to a discussion on two very different approaches to triggering the necessary mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions. read more

New Report Shows Remarkable Reduction in Water Use by Power Plants

Among all the things that we use less of today than in 1970 – paper maps, postage stamps, and cameras without a phone are some of the items that immediately come to mind – water is the next thing that should be added to that list, according to the newest report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. read more

IEA: 'The Cost of Fossil Fuels to an Economy Is Not Reduced by Subsidies; It Is Just Redistributed'

Countries around the globe have committed to reducing subsidies for fossil fuels. But that commitment is not being put into practice quickly enough for cleaner energy solutions to gain a competitive edge in some regions, according to the 2014 World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency. read more

The U.S.-China Deal on Climate Change: Minilateralism at Work

The deal between China and the United States to limit greenhouse-gas emissions is very significant—more because China and the United States are now cooperating so closely on climate change than because of the specifics of the deal. read more

The U.S. and China Announce Joint Emissions Reductions

People in China and the United States feel the effects of global warming in their daily lives. The creeping smog hanging over Beijing and other cities, driven in part by burning coal for electric generation, severely impacts the lives of millions of Chinese citizens. read more

Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

A common claim about wind farms is that every unit of installed wind capacity needs to be backed up by one unit of fossil fuel capacity. Some claim that wind farms do not reduce carbon emissions; while others tell us that wind farms do not need much back up in the first place. Both assertions are demonstrably false. read more

How Good Is The New Emissions Deal with China?

Only an event like Tuesday's agreement between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the two countries could top the unexpected scramble in the US Senate to pass a Keystone XL pipeline bill as the big energy story of the week. read more

Long Road to Paris 2015: Longer-Term National Climate Strategies

The coming year should be very interesting and time will tell where the common denominator – i.e., where all those post-2020 targets merge – is to be found in terms of dealing with climate change among UN member states and with what respective degree of urgency. read more

Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance for the IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution. read more

Wind Can Deliver on U.S.-China Climate Deal

U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, providing a strong signal for investors that wind energy, among other clean electric power solutions, is a smart economic decision. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: 'A Novel Legal Strategy,' Albeit Unconstitutional

Shell employed an interesting legal tactic when it preemptively sued several environmental and activist groups in order to head off potential legal challenges to the company’s controversial Alaskan exploratory drilling program. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Shell’s approach unconstitutional. read more

Rail Shipments of Oil and Petroleum Products through October up 13% Over Year-Ago Period

U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5% through October 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Crude oil and petroleum products had the second-biggest increase in carloadings through the first 10 months of this year. read more

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