GREIFSWALD, GERMANY - OCTOBER 29:  A worker welds a part on the exterior of the Wendelstein 7-X experimental fusion reactor at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics on October 29, 2013 in Greifswald, Germany. Scientists hope to heat a miniscule amount of hydrogen to 100 million degrees in order to melt the atomic cores into helium, thereby releasing large amounts of energy in a similar way as the sun. Due to be completed in 2014, the reactor could help scientists to get closer towards creating atomic fusion-based commercial power, which would be clean and virtually inexhaustible, as hydrogen comes from water.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

What would it mean to have an essentially limitless amount of energy? If we can harness fusion power, we can have energy that is clean, safe, sustainable, and secure. It will be the power of a sun on earth. The dream of fusion energy has been a scientific goal for decades, but it has remained… Keep reading →

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A quarter of the nation’s electricity would still come from coal in 2030, so it’s hard to view the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan as the wholesale remaking of the U.S. power sector that the increasingly dire science on global warming would seemingly compel. Nevertheless, a new U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis shows the… Keep reading →

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The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). “This is the first application of the regulation… Keep reading →

BOULDER, CO - MARCH 3:  Master research technician Ed Overly prepares a wind turbine gearbox for testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) wind technology center March 3, 2009 on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado. The NREL, which is America's chief research and development center for renewable energy, is expecting increased funding as part of the Obama administration's emphasis on "green" energy. A division of the Department of Energy, the NREL focuses on testing and improving wind, solar and biofuel technologies, which are then commercially developed by the private sector.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Global investment in renewable energy sources in 2014 rose almost 17 percent year-on-year to $270.2 billion with investments in developing countries growing by 36 percent, finds a new UNEP Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Centre in collaboration with Bloomberg (BNEF). Overall, the research underscores the positive role… Keep reading →

SEHNDE, GERMANY - MARCH 10:  Steam rises from cooling towers at the coal-fired Kraftwerk Mehrum power plant at Haemelerwald on March 10, 2015 near Sehnde, Germany. Energy production from conventional-based resources is becoming less profitable as renewable energy production has expanded and matured in Germany in the last decade. RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, today warned of pending job cuts due to financial losses derived from its conventional energy production. The Kraftwerk Mehrum plant is majority-owned by Stadtwerke Hannover AG.  (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Back in March it was first reported by the major German TV network ARD ( that German utility E.ON was contemplating mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went… Keep reading →

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Everyone knows how Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas has been a complicating factor (to say the least) for Western political leaders in their reaction to Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian adventures. And now energy analysts are seeing the Russian president lining up similar leverage with nuclear power, in Eastern Europe and beyond. “Gazprom cutting Ukraine’s energy just… Keep reading →

U.S. President Barack Obama Visits China

A very hopeful development, maybe even a game changer – by and large, that’s how climate-change activists were  greeting the surprising news out of Beijing of cooperation between the U.S. and China on capping and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Back in Washington, Republicans, about to take control of both houses of Congress, were outraged. In a… Keep reading →

Northeast Debates Benefits And Dangers Of Hydrofracking

Southwestern Energy agreed to acquire Marcellus and Utica acreage and equipment from Chesapeake Energy for $5.4 billion. “The early drilling in both the liquids-rich Marcellus and emerging Utica plays has confirmed the resource potential and the economic strength of a long-term development program,” Southwestern CEO Steve Mueller said in a written statement. [Fuel Fix] A… Keep reading →

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The EPA’s newly-announced rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants would appear to set the stage for non-carbon emitting technology like nuclear, but historically low-priced natural gas has rendered many of the nation’s smaller nuclear facilities economically uncompetitive. “Already, five nuclear units have either shut down or have announced that they will do… Keep reading →

Interest In Bioenergy On the Rise

Robert Bryce – Senior Manhattan Institute Fellow – gave a vibrant talk yesterday in New York City at a gathering called to launch his latest book “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper,” which he describes as a “rebuke to the catastrophists.” The premise is that technology and innovation are helping people live healthier, longer, more fulfilled… Keep reading →

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