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High-Energy Innovation: The Case of Shale Gas

December 19, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Shale Gas and Energy Innovation

The boom in U.S. natural gas production, created by technical innovations in the recovery of natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock formations and land-use policies that favor private development, has helped lower electricity costs and benefited the petrochemical and manufacturing industries.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Short-Sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate'

December 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Fracking Ban and Reactions

The opposite and deeply conflicted ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking.' Reaction to the move has been swift.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: OPEC Net Oil Export Revenues Expected to Fall in 2014 and 2015

December 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

OPEC Oil Export Revenue Drop

Based on market assessments in the Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion from net oil exports in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010.[read more]

First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

December 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar Residential PV Investment

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small business customers on behalf of utilities.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]

As Canada's New Energy Sheriff Shakes Things Up, Credibility is Imperative

December 18, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Canada, Regulation, and Trust

Alberta is Canada’s energy powerhouse, home to the country’s natural gas reserves and many coal mines. As the country seeks to be a global energy power it needs the steward of its abundant resources to be viewed as the world’s best, and that responsibility falls on the newly formed Alberta Energy Regulator.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

December 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball.[read more]

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

December 17, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Coal Replacement by Natural Gas

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand.[read more]

The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

December 16, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar's Breakthrough Year?

Over the next two years, America will build 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. Those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013. Why such a big surge in utility-scale solar after a brief slowdown in the project pipeline? The answer is price.[read more]

Putting Excitement Back into Nuclear Technology Development [VIDEO]

December 16, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Tech and Future Development

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled 'Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change.' It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

TransCanada's Other Pipeline Problem: Can Provinces Impose Conditions on Energy East?

December 16, 2014 by Martin Olszynski

On the heels of a unanimous vote of non-confidence by Quebec’s legislature in the National Energy Board, that province’s Environment Minister sent a letter to TransCanada with seven conditions the company must meet before the province accepts the Quebec portion of the company’s Energy East pipeline.[read more]

Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

December 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows renewable natural gas to qualify as cellulosic biofuel even though RNG is not cellulosic, but this helps the EPA to appear to be meeting their goals.[read more]

Reading the Tea Leaves in the Oil Markets [VIDEO]

December 15, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Oil Market Predictions

This week I would like to post a new interview that I did with Jason Burack of Wall Street for Main Street. I have been asked many times in recent weeks for comments on what’s happening in the oil and gas markets. Here I lay things out as I see them in a wide-ranging 40-minute interview.[read more]