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On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a historic proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The ambitious and flexible proposed regulations would see each state develop it's own plan to cut power sector carbon emissions using a variety of options, from improving power plant efficiency or capturing CO2 at smokestacks to "beyond the fence" measures to increase the use of clean energy, improve end-use energy efficiency, or even join or create interstate markets for carbon trading.

On Thursday June 5th at 1:00pm Easter Time, join TheEnergyCollective.com panel of expert columnists +Jim Pierobon, +Geoff Styles +Matthew Stepp +John MIller and +Jesse Jenkins for a live #EnergyChat  dissecting the sweeping EPA regulations. 

-How will states comply with the EPA CO2 targets?
-What legal challenges will the proposed rule face?
-What impacts will the regulations have on the U.S. energy mix?
-How might the new EPA regulations affect international negotiations over climate change?

Join us as our expert panelists discuss these and other key questions.
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This is a supply side reduction in CO2. But, it does little for home heating or transporation emissions. We need action on the demand side to reduce consumption of natural gas and oil. Without that, all we get is a small reduction in electricity emissions. 
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My debut "Green Growth" column on +The Energy Collective: One Weird Trick To Power Your City with 100% #RenewableEnergy  http://ow.ly/w2gZ9
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My latest "Full Spectrum" column at +The Energy Collective explores the financial innovations that might keep the U.S. rooftop  #solar industry from crashing...

#energy   #PV   #cleantech  

cc +Brad Plumer +Zachary Shahan 
 
With dark clouds on the horizon, can financial innovation keep  #solar  shining? 

"Full Spectrum" with Jesse Jenkins explores the challenges ahead for the U.S. distributed & rooftop solar PV industry and innovative efforts to lower project costs by cutting the cost of capital. REITs, MLPs, solar securitization and crowdfunding: details on all that and more here.
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Good roundup of the issues.
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My take on the new Science study on methane leaks and natural gas
 
Do Methane Leaks Negate Climate Benefits of Natural Gas?

Four Takeaways From a New Science Study by +Jesse Jenkins 

#climate   #climatechange   #naturalgas   #fracking   #energy  
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See my comment on the post. The big takeaway is that much of the leakage is fixable, rather than being inherent in the processes involved. So the study's critique of diesel-to-gas switching in heavy trucks is only valid if nothing is done to fix the faulty equipment--"super-emitters"--they thought responsible for much of the leakage.
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Will #KeystoneXL  "significantly increase" #carbon  emissions? See the numbers behind the #climate  debate in this +Jesse Jenkins column.

What should #Obama  decide on #KXL ? 
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In this installment of Energy Chat from TheEnergyCollective.com Jesse Jenkins hosts author and travel adventurer David Kroodsma. 

David has worked as a climate journalist, as a consultant for philanthropy, and as a climate change researcher. To date, David has also logged more than 30,000 miles touring the world by bicycle and raising awareness about climate change. 

His journeys included a 16,000 mile journey from Palo Alto California to Tierra del Fiego at the southern tip of South America in 2005 and 2006, the subject of his recently published book, The Bicycle Diaries. 
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Lifecycle CO2 of various electricity sources: hydro < wind < nuclear < biomass < solar CSP < geothermal < solar PV all <<< natural gas < oil < coal.
 
What is the greenest source of electricity?

Great data visualization of lifecycle CO2 emissions from power plants based on IPCC meta study from +Lindsay Wilson 
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Today marks the official launch of my new column at +The Energy Collective: "Full Spectrum: Energy Analysis & Commentary with Jesse Jenkins" will shed light on the key debates, hot new technologies, and important policy developments across the #energy  spectrum.

My first article looks back—and forward—at big trends in the energy landscape with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and analyst Daniel Yergin...

( #wind   #solar   #oil   #naturalgas  and more)
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My latest column at +The Energy Collective spotlights home energy management startup Radiator Labs, which aims to bring steam heat into the 21st century...

#cleantech   #energy   #energymanagementsystem
 
After +Google's $3.2b acquisition of +Nest, thermostats are suddenly sexy. Is Radiator Labs the next hot home #energy  management startup? 
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Join TheEnergyCollective.com for this live #EnergyChat  on the controversial #KeystoneXL  pipeline: February 5th at 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific.

-Should #PresidentObama  and Secretary of State #JohnKerry  approve the pipeline linking Canada's tar sands to US Gulf Coast refineries?

-Will the #KXL  pipeline significantly increase #carbon  emissions and exacerbate #globalwarming ?  

-And what does the pipeline mean for US #energy   #security  and global #oil #markets

Join TheEnergyCollective.com's Jesse Jenkins, energy reporter Elana Schor, with Environment & Energy Publishing, climate change activist Daniel Kessler, formerly with Greenpeace Int. and 350.org, and Geoffrey Styles, Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group and an industry professional with 22 years of experience in the oil and gas sector.
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Trying to block anything is not the way to stop something. Look at the failure of prohibition, the war on drugs. The only successful way to stop the supply of something is to end the demand for it.  We should be spending our time and resources on ending the need for oil, by developing new modes of travel for passengers and freight, that do not require the burning of fossil fuels .   
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Featured Writer and Digital Community Strategist; Graduate Student and Researcher
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Graduate Researcher, 2012 - present
  • Social Media Today, LLC
    Featured Writer and Digital Community Strategist, 2013 - 2013
  • 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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Jesse is a graduate student and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a candidate for a Masters of Science in Technology & Policy. At MIT, Jesse works as a researcher with the "Utility of the Future" project and is an MIT Energy Initiative Energy Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Jesse worked previously as the Digital Community Strategist at TheEnergyCollective.com, as Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and as a Policy and Research Associate at the Renewable Northwest Project.

His writing and research has been featured in invited testimony before the United States Senate and in numerous major media outlets, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and National Public Radio. His op eds and articles have appeared in the pages and on the websites of Discover MagazineScientific AmericanForbesAtlantic MonthlyThe Hill, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Yale Environment 360 and other publications. His media appearances include National Public Radio, MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg TV, and KQED "Forum."

You can follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseJenkins.

Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    S.M. in Technology & Policy, 2012 - present
  • University of Oregon
    Philosophy, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Energy Studies, 2002 - 2006