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Arctic Sea Ice Freefall is Mirror Image of Carbon Dioxide Ascent

The amount of Arctic sea ice has plummeted in recent decades—a bold manifestation of the rise in temperature resulting from the rapid increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. After staying below 300 parts per million (ppm) for some 800,000 years, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere skyrocketed as humans started burning more … Continue reading Arctic Sea Ice Freefall is Mirror Image of Carbon Dioxide Ascent

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Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. The rest of the power system’s … Continue reading Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

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Utilities Must Shift Their Business Models to Meet Changing Market Conditions

Recent market changes have placed new pressures upon the traditional business models of power utilities.  The rise of distributed generation is forcing utilities to account for more volatile and intermittent energy sources even as stricter regulations on energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions force them to turn toward cleaner, more costly forms of generation. The … Continue reading Utilities Must Shift Their Business Models to Meet Changing Market Conditions

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What A Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters The Industry Doesn

While coal, oil, and gas are an integral part of everyday life around the world, 2013 brought a stark reminder of the inherent risk that comes with a fossil-fuel dependent world, with numerous pipeline spills, explosions, derailments, landslides, and the death of 20 coal miners in the U.S. alone. Despite all this, our addiction to … Continue reading What A Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters The Industry Doesn

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Obama calls on federal government to move to 20% renewables by 2020

On December 5th, 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama signed a memorandum directing the nation’s federal government to meet 20% of its electricity demand with renewable energy sources by 2020, more than double the current level. romeo and juliet essay As a first step, agencies are required to source 10% of their electricity from renewables by … Continue reading Obama calls on federal government to move to 20% renewables by 2020

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Climate Change Driving Weather off the Charts

Meteorologists are calling the typhoon that slammed into the Philippines with 195-mile-an-hour winds on November 8, 2013, the most powerful tropical storm to make landfall on record. Super Typhoon Haiyan had gusts reaching 235 miles per hour and a storm surge swelling as high as 20 feet, so the destruction it left behind matched that … Continue reading Climate Change Driving Weather off the Charts

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EU Commission: fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies distort market

Subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels distort competition between different energy sources and increase the overall cost to society of electricity generation, the European Commission states today in a series of non-binding documents on state intervention in energy markets. “EU taxpayers gave over EUR26 billion to fossil fuels in 2011, the documents show. It is … Continue reading EU Commission: fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies distort market

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Fossil fuels dominate energy consumption

Coal, natural gas, and oil accounted for 87 percent of global primary energy consumption in 2012. The International Energy Agency predicts that by 2017 coal will replace oil as the dominant primary energy source worldwide. Global natural gas production grew by 1.9 percent in 2012, dominated by the United States (with 20.4 percent of the … Continue reading Fossil fuels dominate energy consumption

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How Big an Impact Will Electric Vehicles Have on the Grid?

Doug Staker, the VP of Business Development at Demand Energy, would like to own a Tesla Model S. Unfortunately, he has two children in college and at least one responsible adult household member (his wife) with little desire for the car. (Demand Energy builds integrated energy storage systems for behind-the-meter energy optimization and emergency backup … Continue reading How Big an Impact Will Electric Vehicles Have on the Grid?

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Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier in Syria

Among the factors that have driven the Syrian people to rise up against the Assad regime was a climate-change-related drought that caused a famine, according to ex-U.S. State Department advisor William Polk. “Syria is and has always been a complex society,” Polk wrote recently in describing the conflict’s context for The Atlantic. But it “has … Continue reading Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier in Syria

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Radiation in Fukushima hit new high

Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels, Japan’s nuclear regulator said, heightening concerns about the clean-up of the worst atomic disaster in three decades. Radiation hotspots have spread to three holding areas for hundreds of hastily built … Continue reading Radiation in Fukushima hit new high

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House members take up bipartisan effort to support renewable energy

House Republicans and Democrats joined together last week to co-sign a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means recommending that renewable energy development receive continued support in any forthcoming comprehensive tax reform debate. The effort was led by Representatives Paul Ruiz (D-CA), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and was signed by … Continue reading House members take up bipartisan effort to support renewable energy

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New energy policy from European Investment Bank welcomed

After a meeting last week in Luxembourg, the board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) changed its energy lending policy. The EU’s main lending arm said it would stop financing most coal-fired power stations to help reduce pollution and meet climate targets, and devote 90% of its lending to clean energy. In a press release, … Continue reading New energy policy from European Investment Bank welcomed

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Chrysler, NextEnergy to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in US

Chrysler has collaborated with Detroit-based NextEnergy to examine the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric vehicle (EV) technology. The test will be conducted with four battery-powered all-electric minivans featuring a charging module that is capable of simulating any electrical grid in the world. Both the companies expect that if ample number of EVs are connected together, their combined … Continue reading Chrysler, NextEnergy to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in US

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French President Francois Hollande vows no fracking while he is president

French President Francois Hollande on Sunday refused any exploration of the shale gas in France during his five-year-mandate. “As long as I am president, there will be no exploration for shale gas,” the president said in a National Day interview on local TV. “On shale gas, there is a debate that has lasted too long,” … Continue reading French President Francois Hollande vows no fracking while he is president

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Vestas applauds President Obama

In a speech given Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Obama calls for the nation to double its use of renewable energy. President Obama’s plan would cut carbon emissions that cause climate change and endangers public health. His goal is to double the amount of renewable energy permits approved on public lands which would power more than … Continue reading Vestas applauds President Obama

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