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Zero energy at zero cost: How to retrofit buildings in a week

Zero energy at zero cost: How to retrofit buildings in a week

The Netherlands has found a way to refurbish existing buildings to net zero energy, within a week, with a 30-year builders’ guarantee and no subsidies.

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Power sector CO2 emissions sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply

Power sector CO2 emissions sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply

Policies to reduce CO2 emissions could result in less consumption of coal in favour of natural gas.

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Interview Fatih Birol, IEA: “Gradual change will not save us”

Interview Fatih Birol, IEA: “Gradual change will not save us”

The IEA’s renowned Chief Economist Fatih Birol notes that governments in particular have to take action to actively transform energy supply and end use.

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Cost gap between renewables and gas is closing in US

Cost gap between renewables and gas is closing in US

Wind’s levelized cost of energy is catching up to gas in the US, and solar is only a step behind.

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RWE: 'We want to be the holistic energy manager of the future'

RWE: ‘We want to be the holistic energy manager of the future’

Head of coal and nuclear giant RWE says his dream is to put “solar panels on your roof, a battery in your shed, and a heat pump in your cellar.”

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Unique models offer glimpse of New England’s microgrid future

Unique models offer glimpse of New England’s microgrid future

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, different states are following different paths to community energy resiliency.

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Five reasons solar’s big win over gas is just the beginning

Five reasons solar’s big win over gas is just the beginning

If solar trumps gas for peaking power in Minnesota, what reason would there be to build new natural gas peaking capacity anywhere in the country?

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GE puts $1.4bn into natural-gas-fired distributed power

GE puts $1.4bn into natural-gas-fired distributed power

General Electric announces $1.4 billion, four-year plan to push into a new natural gas frontier: distributed power.

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If natural gas must be a bridge fuel, this might be a way to do it

If natural gas must be a bridge fuel, this might be a way to do it

A new power plant permitting deal in Massachusetts might be the way forward if natural gas is to be the bridging fuel to renewable energy.

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Natural gas as a ‘bridge’. Or dangerous procrastination?

Natural gas as a ‘bridge’. Or dangerous procrastination?

Natural gas has been mooted as a ‘bridge’ fuel recently, but in terms of climate change natural gas is a half measure that risks dangerous procrastination.

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Graphs of the day: Peaker plants vs green power

Graphs of the day: Peaker plants vs green power

Wind and solar power are transitioning from marginal to central players in the grid, and there is a case for them to replace traditional peaking plants.