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EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

Did the US Kill OPEC?

"Did the US kill OPEC?" This is the question that New York Times' Eduardo Porter recently asked, referencing the Breakthrough Institute’s research, which found that 35 years of public-private investments led to the technologies that allow for the cheap extraction of natural gas and oil from shale.[read more]

Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices Won't Hurt Clean Energy

January 26, 2015 by Devashree Saha
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Green Energy and Oil Price Effects

The price of crude oil has crashed in the past few months. That’s bad for the clean energy sector, right? Actually, not necessarily. Not only do falling oil prices have limited impact on clean energy, but the latest price volatility only underscores how unstable petroleum sources remain.[read more]

Why $50 Oil Won't Last

January 26, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Oil Price Collapse Economics

I have received numerous questions about the role of a “drop in demand” in the oil price decline. These questions are driven by many stories in the media that have referenced a drop in demand. And there are two primary reasons given for this so-called demand drop.[read more]

New Drilling Raises New Questions About Air Quality In Wyoming

January 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wyoming Drilling and Air Quality

Wyoming has a long history of living with the oil and gas industry, and an approach to air quality regulations that includes different requirements for different parts of the state can lead local residents to ask what new oil and gas development will mean for their neighborhoods, air, and quality of life.[read more]

Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

January 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

Impact of Falling Oil Prices on LNG

January 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Natural Gas and Oil Price Collapse

LNG is liquefied natural gas, cooled to a temperature of -260° F, for the purpose of compression and transportation. International shipments of LNG by container ship are generally price-indexed to crude oil, meaning that falling oil prices have led to a comparable drop in LNG prices.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke
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India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]

New Jersey Should Leverage Private Capital to Achieve Resilient Energy Goals

January 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New Jersey Energy Goals and Investment

Since Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerability of New Jersey’s antiquated power grid, the state has been investing heavily in enhancing the grid’s resilience and promoting clean energy technologies to upgrade to a smarter, more flexible system that can keep people safe and warm when they need it most.[read more]

NERC Assessment Examines Winter Power System Reliability, Fuel Diversity

January 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

NERC Assessment

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) recently released 2014-15 Winter Reliability Assessment has found that all current assessment areas have enough capacity resources to meet normal winter peak electricity demand.[read more]

Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil and Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014

January 25, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Job Growth

There's thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University's GW Solar Institute.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Modular Nuclear Energy

January 24, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Modular Nuclear Power

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are small-footprint nuclear power plants that have the ability to be sized between 10 MW and 300 MW. There are numerous SMR plant designs, though SMRs all rely on the same nuclear fission technology of larger plants.[read more]

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 1: Generating Economic Growth

January 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Economics and Growth

How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

Methane Mitigation Sector: EPA Actions Good for Industry, Will Curb Waste and Protect Communities

January 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane Mitigation

A rising chorus of companies in the oil and gas services sector are raising their voices in support of the smart idea to limit vast waste of methane taking place every day in the nation’s the oil and gas operations. These companies in the methane mitigation industry are experts in finding and fixing methane waste.[read more]

3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]