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Energy 24/7: Shale Debt - Again? [PODCAST]

April 21, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Much of the debt issued by shale operators has been high yield or what is commonly referred to as junk. According to the Wall Street Journal junk bonds have financed the U.S. shale boom, and now the sharp drop in oil prices could lead to a massive wave of defaults on that high-yield debt.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Russia-Ukraine Gas Row Encore Bodes Poorly for Winter Supply Security

April 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

European Energy Security and Supply

The next winter is approaching fast in natural gas terms. While temperatures are slowly rising in the Northern Hemisphere and cherry blossoms bloom in D.C., across the pond the EU Commission kicked off a fresh series of trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU.[read more]

Dominion's Natural Gas Gamble Looks Risky for Ratepayers

April 18, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Dominion and Ratepayer Risks

Dominion Resources and its regulated subsidiary, Dominion Virginia Power, are gambling big on natural gas. But while the utility giant will be a winner if gas prices stay low over the next 20 years, the risk of losing this bet is very real—and the risk is being borne disproportionately by Virginia consumers.[read more]

U.S. Energy Imports and Exports to Come into Balance for First Time Since 1950s

April 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Import/Export Balance

Projections show the potential to eliminate net U.S. energy imports sometime between 2020 and 2030. This reflects changes in both supply and demand, as continued growth in oil and natural gas production and the use of renewables combine with demand-side efficiencies to moderate demand growth.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Is There Another Issue that Might Engage the Way Keystone Has?"

April 16, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Keystone XL and Public Rancor

Green groups are contemplating what the next battle will be after the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is over. While no one knows what the ultimate fate of the pipeline will be, the decision will come soon and activists will need to move on to other issues.[read more]

Deep Sea Drilling Rules and the Transition from Fossil Fuels

April 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The Department of the Interior will soon issue rules for new (not existing) oil drilling operations set to be released on the 5th anniversary of the deadly explosion of a BP oil drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the New York Times, the rule is expected to tighten safety requirements.[read more]

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Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[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]

While Coal Loses Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Wind and Solar Add 79,000

April 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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As coal plants are shuttered due to increasing regulation and competition from cheap natural gas and renewables, coal industry jobs are being shed, losing nearly 50,000. During the same period, wind and solar added about 79,000 jobs and natural gas tacked on more than 94,000 jobs.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - Solar Jobs May Benefit Economy More than Oil and Gas Jobs [PODCAST]

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Solar Jobs vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs

Solar job growth has outperformed the overall economy by a factor of 20 times. And more and more solar jobs were created as prices fell. Significantly more. This is in direct contrast to oil and gas where when prices fall, men and women end up out of work.[read more]

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Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Transportation

April 9, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing short of a global superstar today. But that wasn’t always the case. Like many entrepreneurs, Elon started small, launching an online business directory for newspapers with his brother.[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]