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One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

February 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Saving and Waste at Work

 

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption.[read more]

As the Oil Market Watches the Clock, Analysts Disagree Over Timing

February 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Markets and Analysts

Many analysts agree that as US oil companies pullback capital spending, lay down rigs and drill fewer new wells, production will inevitably decline, supply and demand fundamentals will rebalance and oil prices will increase. But that’s where the agreement ends.[read more]

The Growing Risk of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

February 24, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Crude Oil Rail Risk

By now you have probably heard that a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota’s shale oil fields derailed and caught fire. While the cause is still under investigation, the train was carrying 109 tankers of crude oil. 26 of the cars left the tracks, and several caught fire.[read more]

A Lesson in Oil Pricing

February 23, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil and Energy Pricing

We should never become complacent about the price volatility of what is still, at this point, an indispensable commodity. The shale revolution and OPEC's current behavior don't guarantee that oil prices must remain depressed, any more than previous concerns about Peak Oil meant they would remain high indefinitely.[read more]

Shale Gas and Tight Oil are Commercially Produced in Just Four Countries

February 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Shale Gas and Tight Oil Origins

The United States, Canada, China, and Argentina are currently the only four countries in the world that are producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil). The U.S. is by far the dominant producer of both shale gas and tight oil.[read more]

The Next Generation of Battery Tech at ARPA-E

February 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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ARPA-E Battery Development

The Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program was created to give “blue-sky” research projects the money they need to prove whether or not they’re ready for commercialization. That includes a host of projects seeking to make batteries cheaper, smaller and more durable.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Forget Oil (for Now); US Gas Market More Structurally Challenged'

February 22, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Market Structure

With all eyes focused on the general collapse oil prices for the past several months, the United States natural gas market has often been overlooked. Not that it has done much from a price movement perspective in the past couple of years.[read more]

Low Oil Prices Are an Act of Economic Warfare: Veteran Investor Bob Moriarty

February 19, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet almost 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]

Energy Quote of the Day: Big Oil Addresses Climate Change

February 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Big Oil and Climate Change

This speech is important. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden says that it is time for the oil industry to join the debate over climate change. Shell has long advocated for a price on carbon, but in a speech Thursday in London he took the message farther.[read more]

Are Solar Farms Declining in the United States?

February 19, 2015 by Alicia Hobbs
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Solar Farms and Failure in the U.S.

Solar Farms were some of the biggest projects in deserts across the United States for years after the drop in solar panel prices. But, due to the changed in government policy, that all could come to an end. The future of solar panel farms and solar thermal farms is discussed in the United States and the world.[read more]

No China Coal Peak in Sight: Carbon Capture Will be Necessary to Tame Emissions in this Century

February 19, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Coal Consumption and Capture Necessity

In late 2014, China pledged to peak its emissions by 2030, and achieve 20% of its primary energy from non-fossiCO2 l energy sources. While these developments are to be celebrated, the reality is there's still a lot of headroom for China to expand its coal power plant capacity between now and 2030.[read more]

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Software: The Arrow in the Quiver for Energy Storage?

February 19, 2015 by Scott Burger
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Software and Energy Storage

Competition in the energy storage technology space is heating up as costs fall and utilities seek innovative solutions to their challenges. However, determining the business case for energy storage is still a challenging proposition. Energy storage software providers believe they are the key.[read more]

The Job Creation Shuffle

February 18, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Energy and Employment

Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment. But researchers who actually study employment are not on board.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

Methane Hydrates are a Promising Energy Resource

February 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane Hydrates Fuel Source

Methane hydrates are getting increased attention as a major new source of clean hydrocarbon energy. These enormous deposits of natural gas have never been developed commercially, but research and development has been promising, and expectations are that the gas could begin coming to market within a decade.[read more]