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A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar Energy on Contaminated Lands?

April 12, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar on Contaminated Lands

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. Supported by the stimulus package and the Department of the Interior, developers continue to set records for the biggest solar and wind projects.[read more]

Tight Oil-Driven Production Growth Reduces Need for US Oil Imports

April 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Production and Import Changes

In the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, crude oil production rises from 6.5 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in 2012 to 9.6 MMbbl/d before 2020, a production level not seen since 1970. Tight oil production growth accounts for 81% of this increase.[read more]

Russia Invaded Crimea and These US Energy Companies Made a Killing: Matt Badiali Shares Investing Strategies

April 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Investment and Crisis

Matt Badiali is the editor of the S&A Resource Report, a monthly investment advisory that focuses on natural resources, including silver, uranium, copper, natural gas, oil, water and gold. He is a regular contributor to Growth Stock Wire, a free pre-market briefing on the day's trading opportunities.[read more]

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

April 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Increasing Oil Freedom

We are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of increasing oil freedom. From the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s the U.S. used and imported more oil every year, but since the mid-2000s that trend has reversed.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[read more]

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

April 11, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).[read more]

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Economic Evaluation of Projects in the Electricity Supply Industry

April 11, 2014 by Hisham Khatib
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Electricity Supply Industry

 

Electricity is versatile, clean to use, easy to distribute and supreme to control. Just as important, it is now established that electricity has better productivity in many applications than other energy forms. This led to the wider utilisation of electricity and its replacement with other forms of energy.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Half of Power Plant Capacity Additions in 2013 Came From Natural Gas

April 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Power Plant Capacity Additions

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California.[read more]

Sanctions Against Russia May Have Long-Lasting Negative Effect on Global Energy Security

April 11, 2014 by Igor Alexeev
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Russia Sanctions and Risk

After a series of statements about the possibility of “switching” European consumers over to American gas, the US media hastened to announce the launch of Obama’s oil and gas offensive against Russia. In reality the EU is not currently prepared to buy its energy resources from the US.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Terrible News from Kazakhstan

April 11, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Project Problems

The giant Kashagan oil field development project offshore Kazakhstan’s territorial Caspian Sea will be shut down for at least two more years, according to Quartz. The project started up briefly on September 11, 2013, but was quickly shut down again due to the discovery of leaking deadly sour gas.[read more]

Solar Energy Jumps to 22% of New US Generation Capacity in 2013

April 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Solar Energy Growth

Natural gas was the clear winner in capacity additions for electric utilities in 2013, but grid-scale solar was the clear runner up, providing about 22 percent of new generating capacity. Solar's contribution is up significantly from 2012, when it provided less than 6 percent of new generation.[read more]

Shale Gas Blooms in China? Not So Fast

April 10, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China and Shale

When China released its 2015 targets of 6.5 billion cubic meters of shale gas a few years back, it looked like the goal was out of reach. At the time, the country had zero commercial shale gas production and domestic natural gas extraction was mainly in the hands of state-owned companies.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

Yes, Climate Change Is Here: Yes, We Can Solve It

April 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Climate Change Risk and Solutions

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounds a piercing alarm about the dangers every nation faces from runaway climate change. Climate change, the IPCC scientists tell us, is already jeopardizing food supplies, water resources, even the stability of nations.[read more]

Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Energy Market

April 9, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Residential Solar Energy Investment

The residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels, as well as with access to increasingly cheaper capital. We are in a post-CSI era and yet installation prices continue to fall.[read more]