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Renewable integration challenges create demand response opportunities

The power grid is getting greener. The graph below summarizes EIA projections of U.S. non-hydro electricity generation under different assumptions about greenhouse gas regulations, fuel prices, and technology costs: Source: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=16051 Although there is some debate over whether these EIA … Continue reading

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Will Smog in China Spur Climate Solutions?

I have read a number of news stories about air pollution in the major Chinese cities recently. A soupy smog of particulates, ozone, sulfur and nitrogen oxides hangs over Beijing, Tianjin and other northern cities. The concentration of particulate matter … Continue reading

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The Politics of Renewable Energy

I found yesterday’s NY Times article on the shifting politics of renewable energy morbidly fascinating on both a political and economic level. Basically the article pieces together anecdotes of odd-couple political alliances between renewable energy boosters and Republicans, Libertarians (e.g. … Continue reading

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Are Fossil Fuel Subsidies Really the Problem for Renewables?

I had a great time last Friday at Berkeley’s Annual Energy Symposium put on by the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative.  Interesting people, interesting talks, and great to catch up with former students who are now working in all parts … Continue reading

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Is Residential Solar Sticking it to the Man (your utility)?

The renewable energy industry has many cultural roots. One branch that pops up in a recent NY Times Magazine article on the Solar Industry is that of the energy rebel sticking it to the man (e.g. your utility). Imagine a world in … Continue reading

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Many Reasons to Dislike Renewables Mandates, but Fraudulent Credits Isn’t a Good One

There’s been a lot of e-discussion since July 4th about the New York Times article on renewable fuel credits that were fraudulently sold by a not-so-clever crook in Maryland.  He claimed to be producing millions of gallons of biodiesel, which … Continue reading

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Making the Wrong Case for Renewable Energy

Check out Severin’s article in Bloomberg Business Class today on why the U.S. needs to invest in renewable energy. EMB

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