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Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their Assets

August 2, 2014 by Zane Selvans

Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado filed a case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010. But there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged

August 1, 2014 by America's Power Plan
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Answering Energy Questions

This is the most recent edition of the ongoing monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’ve been hearing about the energy industry from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers.[read more]

Utility Industry: We Need to Promote Electric Vehicles in Order to 'Remain Viable'

August 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The Edison Electric Institute, the power industry's main trade group, is calling on utilities to better promote electric cars in order to stimulate demand for electricity and help reverse trends that threaten the long-term viability of some in the industry.[read more]

As Cash Flow Flattens, Major Energy Companies Increase Debt, Sell Assets

August 1, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Energy Company Cash and Debts

Cash from operations for major energy companies has flattened in line with flat crude oil prices. Based on data compiled from quarterly reports, cash from operations for 127 major oil and natural gas companies totaled $568 billion, and major uses of cash totaled $677 billion, a difference of almost $110 billion.[read more]

Learn to Explain the Basics of the Power Grid

August 1, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Basics of the Grid

If someone asked you to explain how electricity gets from the power plant to your home, would you be able to answer? Don’t worry. Very few people actually understand the logistics of this modern-day luxury, but with a quick scan of the basics, you’ll be able to impress![read more]

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

July 31, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Nuclear Future in the Short-Term

The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.[read more]

Are You Driving the Right Car for an Oil Crisis?

July 31, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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With further escalation in hostilities in Iraq as the militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria tries to lock down more oil and gas assets, it is hard not to worry that an oil crisis might be looming. So far, the looming global instability has not ratcheted up US gasoline prices.[read more]

FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

July 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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All five members of FERC agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants would hamper the reliability of America’s electric transmission grid.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank

July 31, 2014 by Lewis Milford

New Jersey recently created the first “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions.[read more]

No Time for Energy Complacency

July 31, 2014 by David Lawrence

The United States produced 11 million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids per day in the first quarter of 2014, overtaking Saudi Arabia as the number one producer in the world. Already, by 2010, the US had made its mark as the number one producer of natural gas.[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

Japan's Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

July 31, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and International Ties

On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist’ Constitution and to allow finally for the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense.[read more]

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InsideClimate News Responds to Steve Everley of Energy in Depth

July 30, 2014 by InsideClimate News
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Responding to Energy in Depth

The ploy by Energy in Depth and other industry public relations professionals to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the "anti-fracking industry" is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions.[read more]

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Which Countries Produce The Most Fossil Fuels?

July 30, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Countries and Fossil Fuels

Which country takes the most fossil fuels out of the ground? The answer to this question is relatively predictable: China. Today China is the world's biggest consumer of energy and the vast majority of that comes from burning coal mined in China itself.[read more]