The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://www.theenergycollective.com/rss en Property Owners Increasingly Embracing Energy Efficiency Technologies http://www.theenergycollective.com/merrillkramer/2267756/property-owners-increasingly-embracing-energy-efficiency-technologies Building owners and construction companies are increasingly embracing energy efficiency technologies as a way to improve their bottom line by reducing their energy and operational costs, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/merrillkramer/2267756/property-owners-increasingly-embracing-energy-efficiency-technologies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/merrillkramer/2267756/property-owners-increasingly-embracing-energy-efficiency-technologies#comments Green Building Natural Gas Tech Solar Power Sustainability Efficiency Cleantech Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy green building construction Green Technology Yes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:09:30 +0000 MerrillKramer 2267756 at http://www.theenergycollective.com The Good and Bad of Low Commodity and Oil Prices for Renewable Microgrids http://www.theenergycollective.com/arnaudh/2267649/good-and-bad-low-commodity-and-oil-prices-renewable-microgrids In general, renewable energy companies have been affected by recent turmoil as the market seems to believe that lower oil prices will either indirectly lead to lower power prices or at least signal that power prices may come under pressure from some of the same factors impacting oil.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/arnaudh/2267649/good-and-bad-low-commodity-and-oil-prices-renewable-microgrids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/arnaudh/2267649/good-and-bad-low-commodity-and-oil-prices-renewable-microgrids#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Energy Security Tech Smart Grid Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Oil Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News commodity market microgrids oil price collapse Yes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:02:42 +0000 arnaudh 2267649 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Nuclear Facts and Feelings in Pink and Green, by Sunniva Rose http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267986/nuclear-facts-and-feelings-pink-and-green-sunniva-rose Sunniva Rose is a nuclear engineer working on her PhD at the University of Oslo. She is also a talented public speaker who likes to capture her audience’s attention, partially by choosing colors like pink and green to highlight facts about nuclear energy, deaths per terawatt hour, and growth in human population.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267986/nuclear-facts-and-feelings-pink-and-green-sunniva-rose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267986/nuclear-facts-and-feelings-pink-and-green-sunniva-rose#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation nuclear design public debate thorium Yes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:02:15 +0000 RodAdams 2267986 at http://www.theenergycollective.com America's Utility-Scale Solar Generation Is 31 Times Higher Today Than a Decade Ago http://www.theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2265208/americas-utility-scale-solar-generation-31-times-higher-today-decade-ago There was a time when utility-scale solar hit a snag in America. California utilities were reaching the upper limits of their renewable energy mandates, concentrating solar power costs were not coming down, and investors had turned their attention to residential PV. But that moment passed fairly quickly.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2265208/americas-utility-scale-solar-generation-31-times-higher-today-decade-ago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2265208/americas-utility-scale-solar-generation-31-times-higher-today-decade-ago#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Solar Power Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation green energy growth utility scale solar Yes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:00:26 +0000 StephenLacey 2265208 at http://www.theenergycollective.com How Energizing Renewables Can Spur Carbon Pricing http://www.theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2267297/how-energizing-renewables-can-spur-carbon-pricing To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must do more to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, we still do not have a price on carbon, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases in the world and the biggest contributor to climate change.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2267297/how-energizing-renewables-can-spur-carbon-pricing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/edfenergyex/2267297/how-energizing-renewables-can-spur-carbon-pricing#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News carbon pricing renewable economics Yes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:22:50 +0000 EDFEnergyEX 2267297 at http://www.theenergycollective.com How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution http://www.theenergycollective.com/barbarafinamore/2267193/how-china-taking-major-steps-control-shipping-air-pollution In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/barbarafinamore/2267193/how-china-taking-major-steps-control-shipping-air-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/barbarafinamore/2267193/how-china-taking-major-steps-control-shipping-air-pollution#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Risk Management China Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation Transportation air pollution china air pollution emissions regulation shipping Yes Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:00:34 +0000 BarbaraFinamore 2267193 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Beirut's Garbage Crisis Mirrors Our Planet's Global Warming Crisis http://www.theenergycollective.com/henry-auer/2267358/beirut-s-garbage-crisis-mirrors-our-planet-s-global-warming-crisis Just as Beirut’s current garbage crisis results in unconstrained buildup of garbage in its streets, so humanity’s continuing emission of carbon dioxide waste into the atmosphere results in unprecedented buildup of harmful greenhouse gases.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/henry-auer/2267358/beirut-s-garbage-crisis-mirrors-our-planet-s-global-warming-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/henry-auer/2267358/beirut-s-garbage-crisis-mirrors-our-planet-s-global-warming-crisis#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation crisis greenhouse gases international conflict Yes Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:40:00 +0000 Henry Auer 2267358 at http://www.theenergycollective.com COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris http://www.theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/2266367/cop21-last-stops-road-paris One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/2266367/cop21-last-stops-road-paris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/2266367/cop21-last-stops-road-paris#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Green Business Public Health Environment International Climate Conferences Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News bonn climate change action COP 21 paris agreement Yes Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:24:00 +0000 globalwarmingisreal 2266367 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2267184/effects-removing-us-crude-export-restrictions-depend-price-resource-assumption A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2267184/effects-removing-us-crude-export-restrictions-depend-price-resource-assumption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2267184/effects-removing-us-crude-export-restrictions-depend-price-resource-assumption#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Oil Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News export restrictions gas prices oil price collapse regulation Yes Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 2267184 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267400/licensing-advanced-reactors-united-states In the space of a few minutes, Eric Loewen, a past president of the ANS and an engineering leader at GE-Hitachi, was hypothetically elevated through a series of positions including Chairman of the NRC, Secretary of Energy, President of the United States and President of the World.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267400/licensing-advanced-reactors-united-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267400/licensing-advanced-reactors-united-states#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation advanced nuclear licensing nuclear design united states Yes Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:24:47 +0000 RodAdams 2267400 at http://www.theenergycollective.com A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertstavins/2266675/key-element-forthcoming-paris-climate-agreement The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertstavins/2266675/key-element-forthcoming-paris-climate-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertstavins/2266675/key-element-forthcoming-paris-climate-agreement#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Public Health Environment International Climate Conferences Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation analysis COP 21 paris agreement Yes Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:36:23 +0000 RobertStavins 2266675 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Do We Have a Wicked Problem to Deal With? http://www.theenergycollective.com/davidhone/2265098/do-we-have-wicked-problem-deal Two articles in Foreign Affairs highlight different routes forward for tacking the climate issue. One, by Michael Bloomberg, argues that the mitigation solution increasingly lies with cities (this isn’t just about city resilience) and the other puts the challenge squarely in front of the business community.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/davidhone/2265098/do-we-have-wicked-problem-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/davidhone/2265098/do-we-have-wicked-problem-deal#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation carbon pricing international agreements Yes Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:33:55 +0000 DavidHone 2265098 at http://www.theenergycollective.com China's First 3rd-Party Study on Regional Air Quality Management Across 30 Provinces http://www.theenergycollective.com/jennytang/2266468/china-s-first-3rd-party-study-regional-air-quality-management-across-30-provinces- In 2013, China State Council issued the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013-2017 (aka “Ten Measures of Air”), setting a new precedent for governmental air pollution management efforts. One year after the Action Plan’s launch, what have China’s provinces and cities done to meet these requirements?<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/jennytang/2266468/china-s-first-3rd-party-study-regional-air-quality-management-across-30-provinces-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/jennytang/2266468/china-s-first-3rd-party-study-regional-air-quality-management-across-30-provinces-#comments Coal Environmental Policy Public Health China Energy Transportation china air pollution environmental regulation public health risk Yes Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:14:31 +0000 Jenny_Tang 2266468 at http://www.theenergycollective.com India at the Deep End http://www.theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/2266369/india-deep-end It has been said of India that the more you get to know it, the less you understand. The country’s vast size, diversity, and complexity gives it a knack for defying logic and confounding accepted wisdom. This is especially true when it comes to the developing energy industry.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/2266369/india-deep-end" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/energyatmit/2266369/india-deep-end#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Finance Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News energy industry india local energy mit Yes Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:44:01 +0000 EnergyAtMIT 2266369 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Alaska Increases Wind Power Capacity in Utility - and Distributed-Scale Projects http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2266604/alaska-increases-wind-power-capacity-utility-and-distributed-scale-projects Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska&#039;s electric power generation in 2014, Alaska&#039;s wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2266604/alaska-increases-wind-power-capacity-utility-and-distributed-scale-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2266604/alaska-increases-wind-power-capacity-utility-and-distributed-scale-projects#comments Electricity Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Wind Finance Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News alaska distributed energy wind turbines Yes Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000 TodayInEnergy 2266604 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions http://www.theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/2266234/nuclear-retirements-would-sabotage-clean-power-plan-carbon-goal The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan&#039;s emissions goals—and the EPA can&#039;t stop it. Here&#039;s why...<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/2266234/nuclear-retirements-would-sabotage-clean-power-plan-carbon-goal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/2266234/nuclear-retirements-would-sabotage-clean-power-plan-carbon-goal#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Electricity Natural Gas Solar Power Climate Coal Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Environment Wind Biofuels Renewables Geothermal Energy Hydro Power Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Energy Collective Exclusive Fuels clean power plan climate policy co2 environmental protection agency Full Spectrum Yes Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:59:00 +0000 JesseJenkins 2266234 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges http://www.theenergycollective.com/todd-allen/2266214/approaches-addressing-and-resolving-advanced-reactor-licensing-challenges Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/todd-allen/2266214/approaches-addressing-and-resolving-advanced-reactor-licensing-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/todd-allen/2266214/approaches-addressing-and-resolving-advanced-reactor-licensing-challenges#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Utilities Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation licensing nuclear plant construction nuclear regulatory commission (nrc) Yes Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:00:11 +0000 Todd Allen 2266214 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Lessons From a Failed Prediction http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2266382/lessons-failed-prediction While there are actually other stories unfolding in the world of energy, you would never know that by my inbox. Most of the correspondence I have received in the past week is still related to oil prices, particularly following the recent huge rally in crude futures.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2266382/lessons-failed-prediction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertrapier/2266382/lessons-failed-prediction#comments Energy Security Communications and Messaging Utilities Oil Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News 2015 predictions oil price collapse predictions Yes Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:58:06 +0000 RobertRapier 2266382 at http://www.theenergycollective.com Can California Ignore its Neighbors? http://www.theenergycollective.com/jamesbushnell/2266368/can-california-ignore-its-neighbors The U.S., has operated its power system as a collection of balkanized fiefdoms. Evidence from around the country, indicates that merging utility system operations can be a big win economically by reducing the amount of fuel burned, improving network utilization, and increasing reliability.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/jamesbushnell/2266368/can-california-ignore-its-neighbors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/jamesbushnell/2266368/can-california-ignore-its-neighbors#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Public Health Environment Finance Water Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation california interstate plans state policy Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:30:37 +0000 JamesBushnell 2266368 at http://www.theenergycollective.com 3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape http://www.theenergycollective.com/dzilnikogsustainabilitycom/2266289/3-months-paris-why-inevitable-disappointment-paris-round-sign-mat The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed,&quot; etc.<p><a href="http://www.theenergycollective.com/dzilnikogsustainabilitycom/2266289/3-months-paris-why-inevitable-disappointment-paris-round-sign-mat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.theenergycollective.com/dzilnikogsustainabilitycom/2266289/3-months-paris-why-inevitable-disappointment-paris-round-sign-mat#comments Cap-and-Trade Carbon and De-carbonization Natural Gas Solar Power Sustainability Climate Coal Environmental Policy Oil Nuclear Power Wind Biofuels Renewables Energy Energy and Economy Politics & Legislation carbon management COP 21 ghg emissions paris agreement Yes Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:40:21 +0000 Dzilnik@ogsustainability.com 2266289 at http://www.theenergycollective.com
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