The Energy Collective: Coast to Coast, Legislation Protecting Communities Gains Momentum

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Coast to Coast, Legislation Protecting Communities Gains Momentum

Posted: 22 Mar 2014 08:00 AM PDT

Every day, communities across the country are taking action to protect themselves against the harms of industrial fracking. These efforts are illustrated by events like the string of successful bans and moratoria that passed as ballot measures in Colorado’s last election.

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Solar Energy Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

Posted: 22 Mar 2014 07:00 AM PDT

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them. The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record peak of 4,143 megawatts at 2:28 p.m. on March 16.

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Oil Limits and the Economy: One Story, Not Two

Posted: 22 Mar 2014 06:00 AM PDT

The two big stories of our day are our economic problems and our oil-related problems. While the press treats these issues as separate stories, they are in fact very closely connected, related to the fact that we are reaching limits in many different directions simultaneously.

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The EV Wedge: How Electric Vehicle Fuel Savings Vary By Country (and Car)

Posted: 22 Mar 2014 05:00 AM PDT

If you’d asked me to define the ‘Electric Vehicle Wedge’ a few years ago I would have chuckled a little, and suggested it was the small pile of cash you needed to afford one. But due to falling ev prices and rising gasoline prices that snark is utterly outdated.

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Living in a Renewables Distortion Field

Posted: 22 Mar 2014 04:00 AM PDT

One of the best books I have read in recent years is the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. In discussing Steve Jobs’ approach to life and business management, Isaacson goes to some length to describe the concept of a Reality Distortion Field.

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Coal Exports Are Dragging Down Indonesia’s Economy, Is the US Next?

Posted: 22 Mar 2014 01:00 AM PDT

Greenpeace released a mountain of evidence highlighting how coal mining is destabilizing the Indonesian economy. From restricting the country’s market growth and capital investment, to exacerbating poverty, coal is having disastrous effects on an otherwise diversified and thriving economy.

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Here is How the Economics of Privately-Held LNG from Frigid Siberia are Shaping Up to Compete in European and Asian Natural Gas Markets

Posted: 21 Mar 2014 10:05 AM PDT

Here’s a peak at what might be the second most cost-effective natural gas resource in the world — and it doesn’t involve hydraulic fracturing. Technically, it is a conventional gas play in russia but not in the customary use of the word, and it does not involve Gazprom.

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