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Report Challenges EIA's Renewable Energy Projections

April 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Renewables and the Future

New research that was recently released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of United States electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy.[read more]

EIA Increases Short-Term Coal Retirement Prediction by 50%

February 20, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Short-Term Coal Retirement

Coal retirements are happening, and fast, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2014 Annual Energy Outlook reference case. EIA’s latest prediction that about 60 gigawatts of coal will retire by 2016 is up from about 40 gigawatts that it predicted just last year.[read more]

Domestic Oil Production Growth and Lower Net Imports

April 30, 2013 by Mark Green

domestic production vs. import

Imports of crude oil have decreased significantly over the past four years as the U.S. has become more self-reliant in meeting its energy needs domestically.[read more]

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EPA Cries Foul on Keystone XL & Gov't Forecasts Fall Short

April 26, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Why worry about a little bit of extra greenhouse gas emissions--on the order of about 19 million metric tons annually, according to EPA estimates--from tar sands? Why indeed.[read more]

New Data Reveals U.S. Coal Use Rising Again

April 1, 2013 by Joseph Romm

W. Va coal plant

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals a troubling trend: Coal-fired power generation, and its associated greenhouse gas emissions, were on the rise as 2012 came to an end.[read more]

U.S. Natural Gas Capacity Must Peak Soon To Achieve Sustainable Pathway

December 14, 2012 by Adam James

As you may have noticed, the natural gas industry has undergone a bit of a boom in the last few years.In April, generation from natural gas tied that from coal for the first time ever. The boom has some energy analysts hailing a natural gas “miracle.” But others are very concerned, largely because of the local environmental...[read more]

Have US Emissions Peaked?

April 11, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

America's newfound abundance of natural gas is helping drive US CO2 missions down even as the economy recovers. This is principally the result of the ongoing transition from coal to natural gas in the electric power sector.[read more]

EIA Sees US Renewable Power Generation Gains, Led By Wind, Biomass

March 7, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Wind and biomass dominate projected increases in U.S. renewable electricity generation, excluding hydropower, in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) Early Release Reference case. Increased generation from non-hydro renewable energy resources in the electric power sector accounts for 33 percent of the overall growth in...[read more]

EIA: Energy Efficiency Can Reduce Emissions, the Cost of a Clean Energy Standard

December 8, 2011 by Steve Nadel

On November 30, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an Analysis of Impacts of a Clean Energy Standard. The study was requested by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The analysis examined the impacts of a “clean energy standard” or CES—a requirement that electric...[read more]

How Shale Gas Is Like Walmart

November 9, 2011 by Marc Gunther

 The breakthrough energy innovation of the 21st century is not thin-film solar, sophisticated wind turbines, advanced biofuels or small-scale nukes. It’s shale gas. So says Daniel Yergin, the energy guru and author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World (Penguin, $35), who was interviewed today (Nov. by...[read more]