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Energy Quote of the Day: 'We're Not Just Up a Creek Without a Paddle, We're Losing the Creek Too'

March 20, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought

California is in uncharted territory as their severe drought drags on and water reserves drop to their lowest points ever, with no relief in sight. This winter continued the dry trend and there was little snowfall in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Technology is a Competitive Advantage'

March 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Technology and Energy

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A law that has been proposed would allow for commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters.[read more]

Would Standardized Nuclear Plant Designs Prevent Construction Overruns and Delays? Lessons From the 1970s

March 18, 2015 by Will Davis
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Nuclear Plants and Design Efficiency

 

Delays and cost overruns are running rampant in new nuclear plants under construction today in 2015. This is more or less the morass in which nuclear plant construction became mired in the 70's, when an innovative management approach was developed to ease the process: SNUPPS.[read more]

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

March 18, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA Regulation and Nuclear Energy

On January 26, 2015, the EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the U.S. The technology, which the EPA choses to call in-situ recovery (ISR), is the dominant technology used by operating mines.[read more]

Wrightspeed Hybrid-Electric Trucks are the Cutting Edge of Truck Design

March 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Hybrid Trucks and Transportation

Wrightspeed Powertrains of San Jose, California is a pioneer in developing hybrid-electric powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This next-generation design provides superior power, performance, and low emissions for heavy duty trucks that operate in some of the most challenging and fuel-guzzling applications.[read more]

Demand Energy Revives With New Funding, a MW-Scale Storage Customer and a New York State of Mind

March 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Demand Energy Funding

In 2013, Demand Energy was one of a number of startups venturing into the enterprise with a system that managed energy storage, inverters, software, big data analytics and sometimes solar. That describes behind-the-meter storage, and today it's a small but booming market.[read more]

Solar City Launches Microgrid Product with Energy Storage

March 17, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Solar City, Microgrids, and Storage

US solar giant SolarCity recently announced the launch of a microgrid product with built in energy storage capability. SolarCity is going after the commercial market, targeting municipalities, which is a segment the company views as underserved.[read more]

Is the U.S. Running Out of Crude Oil Storage?

March 16, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Crude Oil Storage Capacity

Despite the popular narrative that we keep hearing, the U.S is not running out of crude oil storage. Yet there are those who are predicting that oil prices are going to fall to $20 or $30 a barrel, pointing to the crude oil storage numbers and suggesting that we are near maximum capacity and price collapse is imminent.[read more]

REV-ing it up in New York: A Look Under the Hood of Reforming the Energy Vision

March 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New York Energy Plan

On February 27, the New York State Public Service Commission issued its Track I order that is the first major step in outlining the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. The REV is an effort Governor Cuomo initiated more than a year ago to make New York's electric system cleaner and more resilient.[read more]

A Little-Known Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

March 11, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Federal Rules and Pollution

Unlike an oil spill, most greenhouse gas emissions are invisible to the naked eye. Though we can’t see them, this pollution represents a daily threat to our environment and communities, and it is important to understand the extent of this pollution and where it comes from.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

Section 1703 Guarantees Should Focus on Battery Performance Warranty Obligations

March 10, 2015 by James Greenberger

NAATBatt International respectfully calls on the DoE to start thinking outside the megaproject box and to address the needs of the emerging technologies that will make distributed, renewable energy generation an important part of the United States’ energy future.[read more]

U.S. Crude Oil Storage Capacity Utilization Now up to 60%

March 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Storage Capacity

Crude oil inventory data show that total utilization of crude oil storage capacity in the U.S stands at approximately 60%, compared with 48% at the same time last year. Most U.S. crude oil stocks are held in the Midwest and Gulf Coast, where storage tanks were at 69% and 56% of capacity, respectively.[read more]

IEA Sees Fundamental Shifts in the Current Oil Price Drop

March 9, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Anyone expecting the IEA to provide a detailed oil-price forecast for the next five years will be disappointed. The current report reproduces recent oil futures price curves and generally endorses the consensus that prices won't rise as high as the level from which they have just fallen, at least by the end of the decade.[read more]

India's Lack of Wholesale Markets and Grid Investment Could Hinder Renewables Commitments

March 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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At the RE-Invest 2015 summit in India, banks, financial institutions and the private sector offered bold commitments to shift the country’s power supply to clean, renewable resources. What didn’t come along with the remarkable commitments was any explicit roadmap for how the grid would handle it.[read more]