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Major new order from New York paves way for a more distributed electricity system. Get the details here...
 
#NewYork  just laid the foundation for major #electricity  regulation reforms. +Max Luke & Ashwini Bharatkumar of MIT's Utility of the Future project report...
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California's Governor Jerry Brown calls for 50% renewable #energy  by 2030! Details via +The Energy Collective 
California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.
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+Jim Pierobon details two competing models for valuing #solar .  Which do you prefer?

#solarpower   #solarenergy   #cleantech  
“A strong VOS approach,” ICF’s Steve Fine and colleagues concluded, “in which the real costs and benefits to the system are accurately valued, is not only a useful tool for integrating increasing amounts of SPV onto the grid, but will be critical for stakeholders to make planning and risk management decisions.”
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Yep. See also my recent paper in WIREs: Climate Change, "A Critical Review of Global Decarbonization Scenarios" here http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.324/abstract
 
Why cutting #CO2  with #RenewableEnergy  alone means betting big on #energy   #efficiency : Suzy Waldman takes us behind the scenes of the IPCC #climate  stabilization scenarios...
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Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the de facto target for global climate policy. But there are serious questions about whether policymakers can keep temperature rise below the limit, and what happens if they don't.

As climate negotiators meet in Lima to discuss a new global climate deal that could limit warming to two degrees or less, we look at each of the issues in turn.

Here, we take a look at where the two degree target came from, and how it has ended up guiding international climate policy.

#UN #COP20 #Lima #ClimateTalks #2C
Two degrees: The history of climate change's 'speed limit'. 08 Dec 2014, 10:45; Mat Hope & Rosamund Pearce. Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the de facto target for global climate policy. But there are serious questions about whether policymakers can keep temperature rise ...
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Jeff Saint John takes us inside SoCal Edison's pathbreaking #grid  modernization plan, which is procuring 2,200 MW of distributed #solar , #energy  storage, and demand response resources to meet capacity needs and relieve congestion on critical substations. Find out how...

#batteries   #cleantech   #energystorage   #California   #smartgrid  
SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region.
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Global crude #oil  prices tumbled in the fourth quarter of 2014. Details from the EIA at +The Energy Collective
Crude oil prices fell sharply in the fourth quarter of 2014 as robust global production exceeded demand. After reaching monthly peaks of $112 per barrel (bbl) and $105/bbl in June, crude oil benchmarks Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell to $62/bbl and $59/bbl in December, respectively.
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Details on the outcome of the Lima climate talks...
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Even before world leaders descended on Lima, Peru this week for United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations, climate diplomacy made global headlines with the joint announcement of a partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China.

To dig in to the details of this U.S.-China climate partnership, I interviewed Valerie Karplus, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and Director of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy Program.
Climate diplomacy made global headlines with a new partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China. In this interview, I catch up with MIT's Valerie Karplus, an expert on both American and Chinese energy and climate policy, to dig into the details of the deal.
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Another great new, informative post on the energy access and human development challenges from E4Dev at +The Energy Collective 
 
Getting everyone in the world access to clean cooking & heating fuels could save more lives than eradicating malaria or tuberculosis. Here's why...
Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries is growing, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as (if not more) staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands at least as much urgency.
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Is the World Bank's Lighting #Africa  program in #Mali  the world's first "rural feed-in tariff" program for minigrids? +Justin Guay with details...

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How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.
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Does state climate action trump federal policy moves?
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Energy Ronin. MIT PhD candidate & researcher w/Utility of the Future project. Independent writer and consultant. Write on energy, climate change, electricity.
Introduction

Jesse Jenkins is a researcher, consultant, and writer with ten years of experience in the energy sector and expertise in electric power systems, electricity regulation and markets, energy and climate change policy, and innovation policy.

Jesse has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and his research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and other media outlets. He authors the Full Spectrum column at TheEnergyCollective.com and has over 12,000 followers on social media. 

Jesse holds a MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a PhD candidate in Engineering Systems at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and a researcher with the MIT Energy Initiative. Jesse applies an interdisciplinary approach to study electric power sector operations, regulation, and market design, with a focus on two overarching trends transforming the electricity sector: the transition to zero-carbon power systems and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. Current research efforts include: researching competition between conventional and distributed energy resources; designing electricity market mechanisms for zero-carbon power systems; and exploring the contribution of energy storage and flexible nuclear power plant operations to climate mitigation in the electric power sector. He has published peer-reviewed papers in the journals The Energy Journal, Energy Policy and WIREs: Climate Change and been awarded fellowships from the MIT Energy Initiative and the National Science Foundation.

Jesse worked previously as the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute and as a Policy and Research Associate at the Renewable Northwest Project. He earned a BS in Computer and Information Science at the Univ. of Oregon.

You can follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseJenkins.

Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    PhD in Engineering Systems, 2014 - present
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    S.M. in Technology & Policy, 2012 - 2014
  • University of Oregon
    Philosophy, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Energy Studies, 2002 - 2006
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Occupation
Featured Writer and Digital Community Strategist; Graduate Student and Researcher
Employment
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduate Researcher, 2012 - present
  • Social Media Today, LLC
    Digital Strategy Consultant and Featured Columnist, 2013 - 2015
  • Social Media Today, LLC
    Featured Writer and Blog Advisory Board Member, TheEnergyCollective.com, 2009 - 2013
  • Breakthrough Institute
    Director of Energy and Climate Policy, 2008 - 2012
  • WattHead.org - Energy News and Commentary
    Founder and Chief Editor, 2005 - 2012
  • Renewable Northwest Project
    Research and Policy Associate, 2006 - 2008
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