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In the Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (and Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

April 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Drought Risk and Clean Energy

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too.[read more]

Energy 24/7: Are Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Myth or Reality? [PODCAST]

April 14, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Stranded energy assets in oil and gas will not happen merely because of climate change. It is happening as we speak because a number of potentially disrupting events are all converging on one point: our use of hydrocarbons. Some of the challenges are due to climate and some are not.[read more]

Summer Gasoline Prices to be Down More than $1 from Last Summer

April 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Summer Gas Price Drop

U.S. drivers are projected to pay an average of $2.45/gallon (gal) for regular grade gasoline this summer (April through September), according to EIA's Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. This year's projected average summer price is down from a $3.59/gal average during summer 2014.[read more]

Why Crude Inventories Surged Last Week

April 13, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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While U.S. crude oil inventories have been surging since last fall, I have argued that these inventories should peak off soon. The primary reason is that March is historically the month that refinery utilization is at its lowest, due to the popularity of performing refinery maintenance during the month.[read more]

Energy Research: Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Tunneling and Heat

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps.[read more]

Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town

April 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” That’s a quote from Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos. To build an electrical grid for an imaginary “51st state” from scratch, well, SEPA recently asked utilities and other stakeholders how they would go about it.[read more]

Report: 'Load Defection' from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

April 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Change is coming. Are utilities ready?

Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to grid-connected customers installing ever-cheaper solar and energy storage technologies is “load defection” -- and that future will come no matter what.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We're Standing on Dry Grass, We Should be on Five Feet of Snow"

April 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought and Water Conservation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that there would be mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis thatis now in its fourth year.[read more]

U.S. Remained World's Largest Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons in 2014

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

U.S. Fuel Production

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014, according to U.S. EIA estimates. U.S. hydrocarbon production continues to exceed that of both Russia and Saudi Arabia, the second- and third-largest producers, respectively.[read more]

The LNG Terminal Building Bonanza has Begun

April 9, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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LNG Terminal Bonanza

 

International marine construction companies are seeing a bonanza of new projects as countries around the world approve massive new terminals for liquefied natural gas – for imports in most cases, and for exports from North America, Australia, and some Southeast Asian countries.[read more]

GE's New Gas Turbines Are State of the Art, But Are We Getting Too Cozy With the Fuel?

April 9, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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GE, Turbines, and Fuel

The first natural gas-fired turbine for US power generation and one of today’s state-of-the-art designs currently live on GE’s massive 413-acre Greenville, South Carolina campus. The fact that both machines convert natural gas into electricity is pretty much where the similarities end.[read more]

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Naomi Klein Undervalues the Potential of the EU's Cap-and-Trade Plan to Curb CO2

April 9, 2015 by Emil Dimantchev
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Examining the Value of the EU's Cap-and-Trade

Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" dismisses cap-and-trade as a climate policy tool despite historical evidence that the policy can reduce CO2 emissions. But for cap-and-trade to work, it needs the public to convince lawmakers to design it properly.[read more]

DoE Proposes First-Ever Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps with Support of Industry, Advocates

April 8, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Industrial Pumps and Regulatory Standards

The Department of Energy formally proposed the first-ever standards for commercial and industrial pumps, which are projected to produce up to $1.1 billion in net energy bill savings from pumps sold in the next 30 years and are supported by both industry and efficiency advocates.[read more]

How Nanotechnologies Will Disrupt the Electrical Grid

April 8, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Graphene has exciting application potential in energy harvesting, energy storage, and even energy consumption, specifically reductions in waste heat. It’s a rapidly innovating area of materials science research that will be the foundation for disruptive technologies integrated into the electric grid.[read more]

For Energy (and Water) Conservation, Moral Suasion is No Substitute for Getting the Prices Right

April 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie
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California Drought and Water Pricing

The use of PR campaigns to encourage conservation is not unique to California. Appeals for reductions in energy and water use are ubiquitous. And it is easy to see why. For political and jurisdictional reasons, it is often easier to mount a conservation campaign than raise energy or water prices in times of scarcity.[read more]