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Surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report”

The ECOreport looks at surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report” – How old technologies recognize renewables

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are a lot of Surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report.” Some of the opening chapters have names like: “Nuclear Energy Reliably Powers America”;  “Hydropower, A Wave of Potential for a Renewable Energy Future”; “Geothermal Power, Renewable Energy from the Earth’s Warmth”; “Solar Energy in America Shines Bright”; “The Attributes of Wind Energy are Adding Up”; “Biomass Power: Ready, Proven and Cost-Effective Energy.” There are chapters on oil, natural gas and coal as well, but the  American Petroleum Institute (API) doesn’t normally promote fossil fuels.
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You’ll Shoot the Climate’s Eye Out

And 10 More Surprising Stats About Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally Published on RMIOutlet

By Laurie Guevara-Stone

Christmas is just a few days away, and with it, also TBS’s annual marathon of A Christmas Story. Readers of a certain generation will remember it as the classic movie from 1983 in which Ralphie Parker, the central character, pines for an airsoft Red Ryder BB gun, only to be rebuffed, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

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What’s Behind PetersenDean’s Allegations?

Are they legitimate Concerns? Frustration? or “a PR Puffball”?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1PetersenDean claims 7 of the  11 Board members displayed on Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) homepage are from “Chinese-based manufacturing and affiliated companies” and SEIA represents Chinese rather than American interests. They are calling upon the Board to resign and are “asking for an ethics investigation under the SEIA by-laws, including Article 10.” To which SEIA responded that PetersenDean is not one of their members and their allegations are “a PR puffball.” What’s Behind PetersenDean’s Allegations?

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A Five-Year-Long Siege Of The US Solar Industry

One perspective of the U.S. International Trade Commission Hearing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A Chinese publications depicts  former Vice-Minister of Commerce Long Yongtu saying Chinese solar firms descended on the overseas market like a “swarm of wasps.” Testimonies from the U.S. International Trade Commission describe how a deluge of cheap Chinese solar modules wreaked havoc on US Industry. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden describes it as a five-year-long siege of the American solar industry.
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Battery Storage will Replace Many Peaker Spinning Reserve Plants

An interview with Troy Miller of S&C Electric

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The 150-kW storage system that S&C Electric installed at its Chicago headquarters is a model for the future. They needed a working demo to show their customers how they would benefit from energy storage. They can see how you can reconfigure the network if there is an induced fault. There is a small working demo of PJM’s frequency regulation market. The move to battery storage is both inevitable and enables the incorporation of much larger amounts of intermittent energy such as wind and solar. Troy Miller, S&C’s Manager, business development Power Quality Products, explained why battery storage will replace many peaker plants.

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America’s Renewable Electricity Could Quadruple By 2030

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist of the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC),  says the EPA’s goal of 12% renewables by 2030 is just a fraction above “business as usual.” Raising this target to +23% of the nation’s electricity from non-hydro renewable sources would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month. Cleetus described this as a realistic and affordable goal, “Looking at the way renewable energy is ramping up and costs are falling dramatically, there is a real opportunity to go farther.”America’s Renewable Electricity Could Quadruple by 2030.

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US Emissions Are Far Worse Than We Thought

The ECOreport finds CO2 emissions  and methane emissions virtually ignored, US emissions are far worse than we thought

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Only months ago, US GHG emissions seemed to be shrinking. Apologists for natural gas productions seized upon this as proof LNG is a transition fuel to a greener economy in the future. The latest U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows this trend has reversed itself. CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are up 2.74%, compared to 2013. As this figure does not include methane, which is 20 times more potent than CO2 over time, US emissions are far worse than we thought.

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The US Is Using More Green Electricity, But Are We Winning?

EIA electricity statistics for the first six months of 2014 

By Roy L Hales

Renewable sources provided 14.3% of America’s energy during the first half of 2014. That represents a 10.4% increase over last year. Utility scale solar is up almost 116%. The US is using more green electricity, but are we winning?

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An Industry at The Crossroads

The ECOreport looks at Black & Veatch’s poll of electric utilities, an industry at the crossroads 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Black & Veatch polled 576 industry participants for its “2014 Strategic Directions: US Electric Industry.” At one point they referred to it as the portrait of an industry at the crossroads.

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Germany Leads the World in Energy Efficiency

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Germany leads the World in energy efficiency, according to the 2014 scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today. Sixteen nations were studied. Six of the top 10 were from Europe. Canada was the only North American nation to make the cut, placing 9th.

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