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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]

Shale Projects Lagging in Eastern Europe

October 29, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Eastern Europe and Shale

“Shale perspectives” in Eastern Europe are challenged by the delaying tactics of major industry players. Media coverage of shale gas development is positive but in Lithuania and Poland global oil and gas companies one by one drop bids to explore.[read more]

EPA Ready to Finalize CO2 Limits on New Power Plants

September 21, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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EPA CO2 Regulation

The nation's top environmental regulator, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy, unveiled a proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new coal and natural gas power plants. The rule has been in the works for years and has faced multiple delays.[read more]

All Eyes on EBRD, Will It Go Coal Free?

August 19, 2013 by Justin Guay

EBRD Coal Free?

The tectonic plates just shifted in the world of international financial institution energy lending. Soon after President Obama announced an end to US taxpayer support for overseas coal plants, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is mulling coal restrictions of its own.[read more]

Could Concentrating Solar Energy Save Humanity?

June 21, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Countries Concentrating Solar Energy

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could unlock our clean energy future and boost solar from an intermittent contributor to a baseload generator, if we clear the regulatory, technological, and financial hurdles standing in the way.[read more]

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Gets Green Light Amid Regulatory Risks

June 18, 2013 by Igor Alexeev
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Indian Nuclear Power

 

The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finally begun operations following a landmark Supreme Court of India ruling approving the project.[read more]

Three Years After Deepwater Horizon, Congress Has Failed To Improve Drilling Safety

April 21, 2013 by Joseph Romm

BP Gulf oil spill

So, three years after the BP Gulf oil catastrophe, what has changed? Are government and industry leaders taking steps to reduce the risk of another destructive spill or blowout? The answers are decidedly mixed.[read more]

Energy Pay Growth and the Regulatory Policies that Fostered It

October 16, 2012 by Mark Green

A report by CNNMoney.com notes data showing that pay increases in the oil and natural gas industry have played a large part in the largest jump in U.S. wages in five years:"PayScale, which analyzes data from more than 10 million U.S. workers, reported that workers in the mining, oil and gas exploration industry have seen their pay...[read more]

How Do We Get The Natural Boom Gas 'Right'?

August 8, 2012 by Jesse Parent
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The Shale Gas Boom is one of the biggest issues in energy today - being tied to the economy, environment, and America's future in general. The trillion dollar question is how to go about it in the best way....One of my first thoughts about natural gas is that there is indeed a “boom mentality“, and a great deal of hype from most places...[read more]

Investing in the Grid: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get...Creative

August 2, 2012 by Josh Freed

Voltage Power Lines via Shutterstock

The unexpected storms that knocked out power to millions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic earlier this month highlighted how fragile America’s electric grid is. But while front page photos of fallen trees and utility repair trucks capture people’s attention, there’s a much more grave and fundamental threat to our electric grid.[read more]

Should the U.S. government play a role in American energy use?

February 8, 2012 by Josh Freed

One of the big questions on the campaign trail today is whether there should be a government role in America's use of energy. The reality is that energy is one of the most regulated sectors of our economy—the government already plays a huge role driving innovation and investment. The question we should be asking is: since the government...[read more]

The Future of American Shale Gas

February 8, 2012 by Adriaan Kamp
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This article was inspired by the most recent State of the Union: America’s plan for an “all-out on local energy”- and the subsequent discussions in the industry on its implications, its opportunities and its challenges.I promised to give you my take on the present on-going market developments with shale gas as well as my predictions for...[read more]

EPA's Jackson: States Doing 'Good Job' Regulating Shale Gas Production

November 29, 2011 by Mark Green

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, in an interview aired Sunday by energyNOW on hydraulic fracturing regulation: "The vast majority of oil and gas production is regulated at the state level. There are issues of whether or not the federal government can add to protection and also peace of mind for citizens by looking at large issues like air pollution impacts, which can be regional. ... So it's not to say that there isn't a federal role, but you can't start to talk about a federal role without acknowledging the very strong state role."[read more]

The Regulatory Barriers Obstructing Smartgrid

October 27, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Bob Jenks of Oregon’s Citizens’ Utility Board, writing at EnergyPulse, explains “Why Smart Grid Advocates Should Learn About Utility Regulation.” Reading between the lines a bit, the reason smart grid advocates should learn about utility regulation seems to be so that they will understand that their talent, inventiveness, and desire to...[read more]

The US Government Cannot Help the Climate

September 26, 2011 by Michael Tobis
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Jeff Sachs recommends an informal international mostly academic collaboration to come up with actual options and get around the noise-making. He points out that expectations of leadership from the US government are unrealistic in the near future.Long (over an hour). Intro lasts about four minutes.h/t Rust Never SleepsJEFF SACHS from HUCE...[read more]