As it prepares for the November 30 start-up of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris, the US Department of Energy has been generating data that shows total US carbon dioxide emissions have declined and then flattened out in the past eight years, with emissions specifically from the US power sector part of the same trend.
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By Jeff Ryser | November 24, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By Jeffrey Bair | October 27, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Back in the day six weeks ago, I used to tell this joke when I was explaining how Platts was sending me on the road for the rest of the year to get the pulse of the oil markets.
I hate to travel, and I don’t like people, so this is perfect for me.
By Jeff Ryser and Eric Wieser | October 1, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
It was a curious stretch of time for wind power generation in Texas.
From mid-August to mid-September, the availability of wind generation in the most heavily-stocked market did a virtual U-turn.
By Frank Watson | September 25, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Europe, the US and China have all submitted their plans to the UN ahead of the Paris talks, detailing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and measures to achieve them.
While the big players are getting serious on emissions reductions, there are still potential sticking points in the negotiations.
By Frank Watson | September 18, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
So what’s changed in the six years since Copenhagen? A lot, it turns out.
The world has moved on from outmoded country definitions of “developing” which grouped fast-developing economies like China alongside much poorer nations including many of those in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
There is now a much wider acceptance among governments that everyone has to pull their weight, while respecting common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. Governments have crossed the battle lines and are looking for workable solutions, instead of fighting over who’s to blame, the World Bank said in May.
By Frank Watson | September 11, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Heads of state and senior diplomats from almost 200 countries are set to gather in Paris in December to agree for the first time a fully comprehensive global climate protection deal. They have failed many times before, so why should they succeed this time?
The answer is because almost everything has changed: the climate science is more certain; governments are more confident on the need for action; climate denial is on the way out in most countries; the financial markets are paying attention to carbon risk; evidence is showing that emissions and economic growth can successfully be decoupled; the cost of renewable energy is falling; and several of the major oil and gas companies are calling for a global carbon price.
By Jeff Ryser | August 12, 2015 12:44 PM Comments (0)
The projected big winner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s pursuit of reduced carbon dioxide emissions by the power sector is wind generation.
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, whose rules were unveiled Monday, is expected to trigger a boom in wind installations that could amount to a 63% increase in wind generation by the year 2020 over 2013 wind capacity totals, and an increase of 211% by 2030.
By Chris Pedersen | July 16, 2015 11:27 AM Comments (2)
All over the news last week, media outlets highlighted a June US Energy Information Administration report that showed that for the first time ever, the US generated more electricity from natural gas than from coal in April. EIA data said the US generated 92.5 TWh from natural gas and 88.8 TWh from coal. This is the first time ever that any fuel source produced more electricity than coal. Although this might be a temporary blip (winter demand will send coal’s numbers past natural gas), it is still a huge deal.
By Siobhan Hall | July 10, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Roll over Chicago, welcome to Europe: the Windy Continent.
In just 10 years’ time, wind is forecast to overtake natural gas as the biggest single power generation source by installed capacity in Europe.
By Jeff Ryser and Eric Wieser | June 18, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
In the first quarter of this year, with unseasonably warm dry weather tamping down wind flows in California, the amount of power generated by the state’s 44 wind farms fell off by around 35% compared to the first quarter of 2014, according to data filed with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Energy Information Administration compiled by Platts.