Climate Change Business Journal Archives

CCBJ Vol V No 10: Renewable Energy Review & Outlook Part II - Geothermal, Hydrokinetic, Fuel Cells, and Biomass

Part II in a series on renewable energy markets focuses on "other" renewables and details the $1.2 billion renewable energy consulting & engineering (C&E) industry that serves developers, consumers, independent power producers, utilities, integrated system manufacturers and others who are investing in projects and driving this market.

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CCBJ Vol V No 08-09: Renewable Energy Review & Outlook 2012 - Wind & Solar

A 40-page treatment of the two biggest renewable energy markets: wind and solar; global and USA. Data presented includes market size and growth in capacity installed in MW, and revenues in equipment & systems; services rendered and value of power generated.

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CCBJ Vol V No 06-07: Climate Change Adaptation

With climate change negotiations stalled, focus is shifting to risk assessment and adaptation. The market is still small but poised to grow as insurers add up the rapidly rising costs of recent extreme weather events. This edition describes how engineering and planning consultants are working with public and private clients to assess, plan for and adapt to climate change, with water being the dominant resource of concern.

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CCBJ Vol V No 04-05: The Future of the Grid - Part II, Smart Grids and Energy Management

As automated metering infrastructure (AMI) brings new visibility and control to electric distribution grids, the electric power industry is undergoing the most profound change in its 130-year history. Consultants and vendors are leveraging expertise, technology and track records to help utilities integrate and wrest value from their new smart grids, often joining forces in "co-opetition." New business models and industries are emerging, yet key challenges loom over the smart grid, foremost among them the consumer engagement puzzle.

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CCBJ Vol V No 03: The Future of the Grid - Part I, Transmission

Unlike the distribution grid (subject of CCBJ's next edition; part 2 of The Future of the Grid), the high-voltage transmission grid has used advanced technology for decades. Transmission grid operators monitor voltages, currents and power continuously in sophisticated control centers. But the transmission grid could still benefit from, and will increasingly need, more advanced technology for greater visibility, flexibility and control—technology like synchrophasors which are the subjects of widespread trials and pilot projects. But mostly what the transmission grid needs is growth and expansion to integrate new, remote sources of renewable energy and to keep up with changes in the conventional generation mix. As explored in depth in this edition, investment in transmission is expected to be between $12 billion and $16 bilion annually through 2016, with $1 to $1.2 billion in annual revenues for consulting and engineering firms (excluding construction).

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CCBJ Vol V No 02: Professional Services in Climate Change Consulting

The shifting sands of climate policy have made the business of providing specialty expertise in climate change consulting and advisory services an unpredictable market. Lack of a comprehensive U.S. federal policy on climate and carbon emissions, not to mention energy, has undoubtedly hampered demand, in addition to major initiatives and investment by the regulated community. However, a number of law firms, management consultants, accounting firms and specialists are finding opportunity in preventative or corrective measures to manage climate risk or optimize energy management for private clients, and in planning, policy development and research for the NGO community or public sector.

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