Commentary

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    Jan 06, 2014 | Davis Swan
    In many parts of the world there are significant financial incentives for homeowners to install roof-top solar panels.  This can include capital grants for the equipment, tax write-offs and/or Feed-In-Tariffs that guarantee that electricity produced by the solar panel will be purchased by the local utility at above-market prices.  In Hawaii the annual cost of these incentives is at least $200 million.  In Germany it is now in the $billions.
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    Jan 03, 2014 | Claudio Capozzi
    As you fly across Europe you may notice something if it is a clear day. It begins as you leave the UK and observe the tens of hundreds of windmills lined up in giant farms on both sides of the North Sea. It continues as you cross the Netherlands into Germany: see on almost every piece of raised landmass more and more of these windmills.
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    Jan 02, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    The streets of New York City will be a little brighter (literally) over the next few years. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city's current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs. 
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    Jan 01, 2014 | Ramanathan Menon
    "There is a lot of water on Earth, but more than 97% of it is salty and over half of the remainder is frozen at the poles or in glaciers. Meanwhile, around a fifth of the world's population suffers from a shortage of drinking water and that fraction is expected to grow".
  • Dec 31, 2013 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    Yesterday a Swedish television program, featuring five self-appointed energy experts, who were introduced by one of the most outstanding track and field stars in modern Swedish history, Carolina Kluft, informed a large audience of the kind often seen in academic surroundings that it was time to get serious about energy and environmental issues.
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    Dec 30, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    A study conducted by - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - the survey evaluated the use of energy from 25 indicators, divided into four key areas: Industry, Transportation, Building and National Efforts to promote Energy Efficiency. According to the study, a country that uses less energy to achieve the same result, or even overcome, reduces costs and pollute less, creating a more competitive economy.
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    Dec 27, 2013 | John Schulze
    Over the last few years, the energy-related clashes that have occurred in many states have been generally muted in Florida. This is partly due to the work of the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), which has attempted to emphasize consensus and certainty in its rate making decisions. For example, two of the state's largest utilities continue to operate under rate settlement agreements intended to prevent rate increases until January 2017. The one exception to the calm has been nuclear power, which recently has become a contentious topic of new laws and lawsuits in Florida.
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    Dec 24, 2013 | Paul Batistelli
    The United States is facing some serious issues with its electricity grid. The infrastructure was established more than a century ago, before the Internet or cellphones or a lot of renewable energy generation. It simply wasn't equipped to handle today's electricity load.
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    Dec 16, 2013 | Claudio Capozzi
    The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region is mainly comprised of ex-Soviet states, some of which have joined the European Union. As most of these countries have adopted western-style free-market economies, Eastern European commodities markets have seen significant development and are increasingly of interest to commodity traders.
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    Dec 12, 2013 | Chris Dubay
    Last winter, New England experienced the highest average natural gas and electricity prices in the country. On any given day, New England natural gas markets have the highest and most volatile spot prices in North America. When temperatures plummet during the peak of winter, weather demand increases at such a rapid rate that major gas pipelines across the region become constrained.