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Throwing the Carbon Capture Baby Out with the Coal Bath Water

April 23, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Coal, Carbon Capture, and Changing Fuel Sources

The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace recently released a report lambasting carbon capture and storage as “a false climate solution.” The Greenpeace analysis, however, made a number of assumptions that, when analyzed with greater scrutiny, turn out to be deceptively misleading.[read more]

Why Coal Should Not Be Saved

April 3, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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Moving Away from Coal

Coal had a good ride. It has been a workhorse in electric power generation, accounting for an average of 52 percent of the nation’s electricity from 1920 to 1985. But since then coal has steadily lost significant market share, first to nuclear and more recently to natural gas and wind.[read more]

California PUC Aims to Replace Shuttered Nuclear and Gas With 'Preferred Resources'

March 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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The California Public Utilities Commission made a proposed decision on Friday that denied approval of a new gas-fired power plant in the coastal Southern California city of Carlsbad. Approval for the plant was denied because the utility did not sufficiently consider "preferred resources."[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Scheduled 2015 Capacity Additions Mostly Wind and Natural Gas; Retirements Mostly Coal

March 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Capacity Additions and Subtractions

In 2015, electric generating companies expect to add more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid. The additions are dominated by wind (9.8 GW), natural gas (6.3 GW), and solar (2.2 GW), which combine to make up 91% of total additions.[read more]

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

March 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Coal

China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project calculates that China's CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century.[read more]

China's Coal Consumption Fell in 2014

January 28, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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For the first time this century China’s coal consumption has fallen, according to data from both the Chinese Coal Industry Association and the National Energy Administration. The amount remains in question, with the Coal Industry Association reporting around 3.5% but NEA data showing a fall of only 0.4%.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

Will Fracking, Climate Change, and Solar Energy Reshape U.S. Security?

January 8, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Fuel Sources and Security

The global oil market is going through an upheaval, with non-OPEC production led by North American producers surging while OPEC’s traditional price-setting role changes. US oil production and proven oil reserve growth over the past several years is astonishing.[read more]

Fossil Fuel Blowout

December 12, 2014 by Jim Baird

Fossil Fuel Market Changes

The Copenhagen Accord of 2009 essentially put a quota as well as “best by” date on fossil fuels. When combined with a growing perception that these are yesterday’s energy sources, the recent plunge in oil prices takes on a new perspective.[read more]

California Drought Leads to Less Hydropower, Increased Natural Gas Generation

October 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Drought and Fuel Source Changes

The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California's governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category.[read more]

Summit Tackles India's Sustainable Energy Goals

October 2, 2014 by Christina Nunez

In India, 300 million people still lack access to electricity. Coal, which currently accounts for 59% of India’s power capacity, will help meet that demand. But India’s quest to meet its energy needs occurs against the backdrop of increasing international pressure for nations to act on climate change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Is the Shine Coming Off U.S. LNG Exports?

September 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Exports and Change

A few Asian buyers of United States liquid natural gas are looking to sell portions of the supply they previously purchased under long-term contracts, suggesting the overall excitement over exporting US natural gas as LNG could be waning a bit.[read more]

Natural Gas, Solar, and Wind Led Power Plant Capacity Additions in the First Half of 2014

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

Power Plant Capacity Additions

In the first six months of 2014, 4,350 megawatts (MW) of new utility-scale generating capacity came online. Natural gas plants, almost all combined-cycle plants, made up more than half of the additions, while solar plants contributed more than a quarter and wind plants around one-sixth.[read more]

New England Relying More on Natural Gas Along with Hydroelectric Imports from Canada

August 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

New England Energy Resources

Electric operators in New England have been both generating more electricity from natural gas and importing more hydroelectric generation from Quebec over the past decade. These two sources of electricity are displacing the use of coal and oil as generation fuels in New England.[read more]

Natural Gas Serves a Small, but Growing, Portion of China's Total Energy Demand

August 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Natural Gas

China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.[read more]