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Energy Quote of the Day: Putin, the Ruble, Rosneft and Economic Crisis

December 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia, Oil, and Economics

The Russian economy is heavily dependent on oil – prices of which have been falling precipitously – and sanctions imposed by western governments in retaliation for Russia’s aggressive action in Ukraine are putting extreme pressure on the country’s currency.[read more]

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]

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]

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[read more]

No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

December 17, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Wastewater Disposal Policy

We all want easy answers. And the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use can help decrease emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. But these benefits mean nothing if the communities where gas is produced suffer air and water pollution.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[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]

On the Meaning of Existence (and Power Plant Emissions)

December 17, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Emissions and Existence

We don’t shy away from addressing the deep questions in energy and environmental economics. With this post, we tackle the very meaning of existence (with respect to power plants regulated under proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards).[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[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]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for December [VIDEO]

December 15, 2014 by Kasper Peters

December EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including energy security, and the gas deal between Ukraine and Russia.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On NIMBY, Free Lunches, and Pipelines

December 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Pipeline Routes and Planning

Kinder Morgan is submitting a revised route for a natural gas pipeline designed to bring additional supplies of natural gas into Massachusetts, where gas and power prices spiked last winter due to a combination of physical supply issues and market factors. The company changed the route due to public opposition.[read more]

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

December 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Governors and State Health

Recently the Western Governors’ Association joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the natural gas sold at market, methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant.[read more]

Fossil Fuel Blowout

December 12, 2014 by Jim Baird

Fossil Fuel Market Changes

The Copenhagen Accord of 2009 essentially put a quota as well as “best by” date on fossil fuels. When combined with a growing perception that these are yesterday’s energy sources, the recent plunge in oil prices takes on a new perspective.[read more]

Federal Proposal to Update Natural Gas Transportation Market Would Benefit Environment

December 11, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Natural Gas Transport Regulation

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency responsible for regulating the wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, issued a proposed policy statement designed to encourage pipeline operators to replace their leakiest equipment: compressor stations.[read more]