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Is OPEC Washed Up?

December 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

As oil prices continued their slide following OPEC's meeting on Thanksgiving Day, speculation has grown concerning whether the cartel might have finally run its course. Is OPEC now at the mercy of market and pricing forces that are beyond its control?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Optimism, Dragged Down by Reality, Resulting in Mixed Success'

December 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Measuring Energy Success

When it comes to dealing with climate change, international agreements are not the only solution, but they are important and significant effort will be exerted in Paris next year to reach a binding international agreement. Anything less will be viewed as a major setback.[read more]

Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland

December 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009. The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which number in the tens of thousands, according to EnergyHub.[read more]

How a Broken Evaluation System Hampers California's Efforts to Scale Up Efficiency

December 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California’s method of evaluating energy efficiency programs needs fixing because it hinders efforts to help Californians save more energy and the state’s progress on its climate goals. With some concerted effort, this broken system can be repaired.[read more]

Utility 2.0: What are Utilities Doing to Meet New York's Vision for a 21st Century Energy System?

December 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Energy Vision

Since the New York Public Service Commission opened its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding in the spring to modernize the state’s electricity system, a lot has happened. Namely, New York utilities are already working to align themselves with the broad objectives outlined in the REV proceeding.[read more]

Can Distributed Resources Replace $1B in Substation Upgrades? New York Will Soon Find Out

December 27, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Resources in New York

New York recently took a first step toward its vision of turning utilities into operators of distributed, customer-centric power grid assets. Now it’s up to Consolidated Edison to prove it can harness the power of these new assets on time, and at the right price.[read more]

What Might the Future Look Like if We Took Climate Change Seriously?

December 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Climate Change and Deep Decarbonization

A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with known technologies.[read more]

Turbulent Times Call for Insulated Investments: Interview with Steven Salz

December 27, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Investment and Volatility

Steven Salz is an event-driven and special situations analyst at M Partners. Before joining M Partners he worked in a generalist equity research role at a major Canadian bank, in its internal retail asset management group. Prior to that Salz worked as a private Canadian defense contractor.[read more]

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings and Job Growth in North Carolina

December 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Savings and Job Growh

Rapid declines in the price of light emitting diodes (LED) technology suggest that the next generation of energy efficient lighting – LED bulbs – is on the verge of widespread adoption. LED bulbs will eventually make traditional, energy-hogging incandescent bulbs a thing of the past.[read more]

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2014

December 26, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy in 2014

2014 was a big year for advanced energy. Prices for advanced energy generation technologies kept dropping, employment kept growing, and the industry opened new avenues of expansion. Plus, several key policy changes contributed to the rapid growth an already-expansive sector.[read more]

Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

December 26, 2014 by David Hone
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Carbon Capture and the Future

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! How dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS![read more]

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

December 26, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Germany Energy Sources

Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly ambitious set of policies to promote localized, distributed generation. In many ways, the policies were a resounding success. But Germany is also facing some hard realities.[read more]

Power Sector Employment Declines, Except for Renewable Electricity Generators

December 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Changes in Energy Sector Employment

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.[read more]

How Dangerous is LNG?

December 26, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Liquid Natural Gas Safety

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is often regarded as extremely dangerous and toxic with container ships called floating bombs. But is this perception accurate? The historical reality is that LNG has the best safety record of all common fuel types and is completely non-toxic.[read more]

National Program Aims to Expand Minority Participation in Energy Sector

December 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Industry and Minority Employment

 

It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented in the energy field. In the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce, yet only account for nine percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce.[read more]