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What Does New York's 'Energy Vision' Mean for Utility Jurisdiction and Regulators? [VIDEO]

November 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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New York's Energy Vision

Before the New York Public Service Commission’s vision of a grid operated by Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs) can become a reality, there are just a few points to hammer out -- to say the least. The issues are complex and wide open for debate.[read more]

The World's Biggest Battery Is Being Built in Southern California

November 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Battery Development in California

The world's biggest battery is coming to California. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) revealed the winners of a massive 250-megawatt energy storage procurement round, one that could set new standards for incorporating distributed and customer-owned energy assets into grid operations.[read more]

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of CO2 Utilization

November 14, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CO2 Utilization

The concept of CO2 utilization goes something like this: instead of releasing CO2 into the atmosphere through industrial processes, we could instead capture CO2 from smokestacks (and/or the ambient atmosphere) and use this CO2 to manufacture carbon-based products.[read more]

As US Gulf Coast Gains Oil Pricing Power Will New Benchmarks Emerge?

November 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Benchmarks

Record setting oil production growth in the United States is altering physical oil flows, flipping supply-demand fundamentals and leaving market observers searching for tools that can provide insight into these new price formation elements.[read more]

$80 Oil Is the New Normal Minimum: Interview with Bob Moriarty

November 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick
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Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet over 10 years ago. They later added 321energy.com to cover oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal, solar, wind and nuclear energy. Both sites feature articles, editorial opinions, pricing figures and updates on current events affecting both sectors.[read more]

Underground Coal Gasification Gets New Start in USA

November 11, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Coal Gasification

Linc Energy recently received a research & development license for Underground Coal Gasification, the first issued in the USA in twenty years. Linc Energy is moving ahead with a demonstration phase project in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, one of the country’s most active coal mining regions.[read more]

Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid

November 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

Development and Energy Investment

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action.[read more]

Saudi Oil Export Concerns Detailed; Renewable Energy Opportunities Identified

November 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Saudi Oil Exports and Renewables Opportunities

Increasing domestic Saudi Arabian energy demand bumping up against volumes of oil available for export is an issue we have followed closely, and a new report from the International Energy Agency provides some updated detail on how the kingdom is addressing its energy dilemma.[read more]

Advanced Batteries and the Midterm Elections

November 10, 2014 by James Greenberger
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The Internal Revenue Code is, famously, more than 5,000 pages long. Every single one of those pages was sponsored and fought for by some special interest group and its lobbyists. There is no reason to believe that all those special interest groups will go quietly into the night.[read more]

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Can Buildings Help Regulate the Power Grid and Integrate Renewable Energy?

November 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Buildings, Renewables, and Grid Integration

Grid operators may have a new ally in their efforts to integrate renewables and regulate the frequency of the grid: buildings. Variable-speed drives used to run heating and cooling systems can be modulated in response to signals from grid operators, helping keep the frequency of electricity flowing across the grid.[read more]

Spirae Launches the Operating System for Distributed Energy

November 7, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy Operating System

 

The grid edge is a wild and wooly frontier. Rooftop solar PV, behind-the-meter batteries, energy-smart buildings and other forms of distributed, customer-owned energy assets represent a significant problem for centrally controlled, one-way power grid operations.[read more]

Oil Price Slide: No Good Way Out

November 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Price Collapse

The world is in a dangerous place now. A large share of oil sellers need the revenue from oil sales. They have to continue producing, regardless of how low oil prices go unless they are stopped by bankruptcy, revolution, or something else that gives them a very clear signal to stop.[read more]

Is Small-Scale GTL the Next Big Thing?

November 7, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Small-Scale GTL Growth?

 

Converting natural gas to liquid fuels using Fischer-Tropsch conversion is not a new idea but it has always required very large and expensive production facilities. Now Velocys is bringing to market new technology for small-scale GTL production at a fraction of the capital costs of traditional plants.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Crude Exports and Re-Exports Continue to Rise; Some Volumes Sent to Europe and Asia

November 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Exports Rising

The United States exported 401,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July 2014, the highest level of exports in fifty-seven years and the second highest monthly export volume since 1920, when the Energy Information Administration's published data actually starts.[read more]

Cost-Benefits Analysis of Utility-Scale Energy Storage is Promising

November 6, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Utility-Scale Storage Analysis

I recently read a white paper by Chet Lyons of the Energy Strategies Group performing a cost-benefits analysis of utility companies purchasing battery storage systems vs. simple cycle gas-fired combustion turbines (CT). These CT systems are typically used to regulate peaking capacity.[read more]