Tagged with Technology Policy

Reliable, Affordable Energy for the World: Investing in a Carbonless Future

Breakthrough Energy Coalition http://www.b-t.energy/ [Climate Wire, sub. req’d] Driving deep reductions in U.S. carbon emissions by midcentury requires accelerated investment in a wide range of advanced energy technologies, from battery storage to new nuclear reactors and photosynthetic fuels, according to a study led by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and energy historian Daniel Yergin… Arriving … Continue reading

Municipal Freshwater Scarcity: Improving Distribution System Efficiency and Tapping Nontraditional Water Sources

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676898.pdf [Sen. Edward Markey Press Release] The view that drinkable water has been generally considered “reliable, cheap, and abundant” is no longer true due to a growing demand and reduction in supply, in part because of climate change impacts, including recurring drought according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report…  … Continue reading

Analytic Research Foundations for the Next-Generation Electric Grid

National Academies Press http://bit.ly/21RXR6v Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society, and for the vast majority of people that electricity is obtained from large, interconnected power grids. However, the grid that was developed in the 20th century, and the incremental improvements made since then, including its underlying analytic foundations, is no longer adequate to completely … Continue reading

Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada

Council of Canadian Academies for Magna International Inc. http://www.scienceadvice.ca/en/assessments/completed/energy-use.aspx [CBC] Canada could drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and meet international climate change commitments using existing commercially available technologies and policies that have been proven to work, a new report says… Carbon-emitting coal, oil and gas currently account for 72 per cent of Canada’s energy supply, says … Continue reading

US DOE Carbon Storage Atlas — 5th Edition

US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory http://www.netl.doe.gov/research/coal/carbon-storage/natcarb-atlas [From Press Release] The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today released the fifth edition of theCarbon Storage Atlas (Atlas V), which shows prospective carbon dioxide (CO2) storage resources of at least 2,600 billion metric tons – an increase over the findings of the 2012 Atlas. … Continue reading

Hawai’i Clean Energy: Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement: Summary

US DOE http://bit.ly/1YooUro [Pacific Business Journal]  The renewable energy technology that presents Hawaii the greatest potential for environmental impacts is utility-scale renewable energy, including wind and solar, according to the Hawaii Clean Energy final programmatic environmental impact statement by the U.S. Department of Energy, released on Friday. The 1,568-page report also noted that energy efficiency … Continue reading