energy risks

Reduced Offshore Share in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production Lowers Risk from Hurricanes

August 31, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Offshore Energy and Weather Risk

Offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has experienced relatively minor disruptions because of tropical storms and hurricanes in recent years, and the NOAA has predicted a below-normal 2015 hurricane season in its updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released on August 6.[read more]

Hazy Midwest Power Outlook Clears a Bit: More Regional Cooperation Needed

October 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Midwest Power Outlook

Some energy industry observers recently have made much ado about concerns that the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, the entity responsible for managing the electric grid in the Midwest and middle South region, is tight on power supplies and faces an increasing risk of blackouts.[read more]

An Energy-Related Reason Why U.S. Healthcare Outcomes are Awful

September 12, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy and Health

Back in January 2013, the US Institute of Medicine published a report called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. This poor health outcome for US citizens is in spite of the US spending twice as much as a percentage of GDP on healthcare as other high-income nations.[read more]

Transmission Investment Times Five: Will the Grid be Secure?

September 9, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Transmission Investment and Savings

Utilities have lagged behind technologically for far too long, and this has left the United States’ electric grid extremely vulnerable. If something as mundane as powerlines touching tree branches can take out our electricity, how prepared are we for severe weather, cyber threats, or high demand?[read more]

The Energy Angle: Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Putin

July 29, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Both energy companies and consuming countries who still think appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin will solve their long term problems need to think again. Hillary Clinton’s tough talk about why we must stand up to energy fascism is spot on and needs to be carefully heeded.[read more]

Why We Need CCS, Part 3: Coal

June 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Coal Consumption and CSS


While one of the most hated commodities on earth, coal is the world's most rapidly growing energy source over the course of the 21st century. Given the growth ambitions of the developing world, this trend is set to continue, creating an even greater need for a rapid CCS rollout over coming decades.[read more]

Radiation, Pollution, and Radiophobia

March 20, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Radiation Risk

I found a book titled Nuclear Shadowboxing: Legacies and Challenges. It includes a fascinating appendix titled Radiation, Pollution and Radiophobia that should be required reading for people who are interested in understanding more about the health effects of low level radiation.[read more]

Energy Risks of the Ukraine Crisis

March 5, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Although Ukraine's various energy assets don't actually appear to be a major focus of Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula, any escalation of the ongoing crisis could eventually have serious energy consequences, regionally and globally.[read more]

Coal Ash Causing Problems in Carolina

February 7, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Carolina and Coal Ash

On Monday February 3, Duke Energy officially notified the public that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash leaked from a pond at a retired power plant and were flowing into the Dan River. This volume of ash would fill between 20 and 32 Olympic-size swimming pools.[read more]

Are You Playing the Right Energy Trend? Interview with Porter Stansberry

February 2, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Porter Stansberry founded Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, a private publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1999. His monthly newsletter, Stansberry's Investment Advisory, deals with safe-value investments poised to give subscribers years of exceptional returns.[read more]

Slaying the Deal Killer: De-Risking Efficiency and Distributed Energy

November 1, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

For such a simple resource, energy efficiency has a lot of complicated factors working against it. Financing constraints, cultural inertia, inconsistent and ineffective policies. Underlying all of those obstacles is perhaps the biggest challenge for efficiency: risk.[read more]

More than Half of Landowners Report Problems with Shale Gas Development

September 13, 2013 by Amy Mall

Earlier this year, researchers from West Virginia University surveyed West Virginia land owners with shale wells on their property. The survey asked about the use of the land prior to drilling, overall satisfaction with outcome, problems encountered, and other factors.[read more]

Ocean Acidification May Amplify Global Warming Up To 0.9°F

August 28, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification may speed up total warming this century as much as 0.9°F, a new study finds. This amplifying feedback is not to be found in the IPCC climate report — one more reason it provides an instantly out of date lowball estimate of future warming.[read more]

The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

August 22, 2013 by Tina Casey

Fracking Boom Going Bust?

Bloomberg recently reported that the boom in gas field purchasing from 2009 to 2012 has turned into a whopper of a bust, leaving oil and gas companies with a belly load of depressed assets and “disappointing” wells to go with falling gas prices.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Less Risky Than Natural Gas

August 4, 2013 by Rod Adams

Cost and Risk Trends

People who get most of their electricity-related economic analysis from the current executives at large companies would be shocked to learn that nuclear power plants produce electricity for the same cost as natural gas fired combined cycle gas turbine power plants.[read more]