Energy News

Oakland’s Web of Waters Shapes New Economy, Civic Energy

Jul 15, 2015
In March 1999, not long after he was sworn in as the 47th mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown called Lesley Estes, the supervisor of the city’s watershed protection program. Brown, who is now California’s governor, wanted the city staffer he called “Creek Lady” to describe the most formidable ideas she had to conserve natural areas, make parks more beautiful, and clean up the city’s waters.

Oakland’s Water Treatment Plant Generates Its Own Energy and Then Some

Jul 15, 2015
Here in Oakland, the 64-year-old regional wastewater treatment plant has elevated an essential urban service to a new level of innovation and civic importance. The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) treatment plant, a formidable assembly of mixing tanks, pumps, and pipes on the city’s north side, has 11 megawatts of biogas-fueled electrical generating capacity, more than the plant’s power demand. The excess power is sold to the Port of Oakland, and EBMUD saves about $3 million in electric expenses a year.

Five Things to Watch for in the Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 14, 2015
Here are five things to look out for in the coming days, as we all assess the text of the agreement and reactions to it.

Pakistan’s Other National Struggle: Its Energy Crisis

Jul 09, 2015
"Pakistan’s energy crisis is rooted in such a complex and interrelated web of causes (including but not limited to crushing sectoral debt, gross mismanagement, and dysfunctional institutions) that there is little consensus on what needs to be done and how," writes Michael Kugelman.

Infographic: Water Scarcity and Energy Development in Northern Mexico

Jun 30, 2015
Northern Mexico is becoming a hot spot in Mexican energy development. This infographic is drawn from our publication “Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers from Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico."

Powerless in Pakistan

Jun 30, 2015
"Pakistan is in the midst of rapid urbanization — a major societal shift that could worsen the effects of energy problems in the years ahead...With droves of Pakistanis entering cities and becoming dependent on grids, supply pressures will deepen exponentially," writes Michael Kugelman.

Raymond E. Vickery Named Wilson Center Global Fellow

Jun 11, 2015
The Honorable Raymond E. Vickery, Jr., noted author on US-India relations and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, has been named a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 2015-2017 term.

Doubts Persist Over Mexican Contract Terms: Will the Government Get it Right in Time?

Jun 04, 2015
A few weeks after the electorate takes to the polls, the government faces another, more demanding examination of its most important achievement thus far: the opening of the nation´s hydrocarbons industry to private and foreign investment, when companies submit bids on the first batch of contracts under Round One. Duncan Wood discusses contract terms in this article with the Financial Times.

Infographic: Renewable Energy in Mexico's Northern Border Region

Jun 02, 2015
This infographic illustrates the state of renewable energy in Mexico and is based on findings in our publication "Renewable Energy in Mexico's Northern Border Region."

Will Putin Gamble All On A Broader Ukraine Invasion?

May 25, 2015
"The incursion in Ukraine is modest compared with that of Afghanistan, and the number of Russian deaths is far smaller. Yet once again a limited number of Kremlin leaders, without benefit of public debate, may make a fateful decision about using force against a neighbor. The leaders should bear in mind the lesson of Afghanistan and exercise caution," write Denis Corboy, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz.