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Rail Shipments of Oil and Petroleum Products through October up 13% Over Year-Ago Period

November 16, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Rail Shipments Up

U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5% through October 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Crude oil and petroleum products had the second-biggest increase in carloadings through the first 10 months of this year.[read more]

Cellulosic Ethanol

November 13, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Ethanol and Fuel Standards

The hand-wringing and soul-searching that has gone on at the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding a proposed reduction in the amount of ethanol to be blended in the gasoline in 2014 is emblematic of a policy based on optimistic projections divorced from reality.[read more]

As US Gulf Coast Gains Oil Pricing Power Will New Benchmarks Emerge?

November 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Benchmarks

Record setting oil production growth in the United States is altering physical oil flows, flipping supply-demand fundamentals and leaving market observers searching for tools that can provide insight into these new price formation elements.[read more]

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

November 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Pollution Prevention

As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit provides an important opportunity to address the pollutants from China's ports and shipping system.[read more]

LNG Transport Applications Abound; Offer Environmental Benefits

October 31, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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LNG Transport

Intermodal transport – where goods arrive at major seaports and are transferred to trucks and trains – presents numerous economic and carbon emissions mitigation opportunities across the value chain by switching from fuels such as diesel to liquid natural gas.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices May Make for Unlikely Allies

October 27, 2014 by James Greenberger

Companies with interests in “green” energy technologies and unconventional crude oil production have a strong interest in ensuring that the dumping of conventional crude oil in the international market does not shut down investment in technologies that hold the promise of making the US more energy secure.[read more]

Energy Master Limited Partnerships Go Mainstream: Baird's Ethan Bellamy

October 18, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Ethan Bellamy specializes in the analysis of master limited partnerships at Robert W. Baird & Co. He was director of research for the Lehman Brothers MLP Opportunity Fund, where he was responsible for fundamental analysis and due diligence in public, PIPE and pre-IPO investments in natural resources.[read more]

When Do EVs Become Competitive? Answers From Norway

October 14, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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EVs and Norway

EVs currently capture more than 10% of the Norwegian new car market. This article takes a closer look at the magnitude of the sales price reductions, fuel price differences and additional perks required to achieve this level of market penetration.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Encourage You to Put in Place the Strongest Possible Safety Protections."

October 7, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Safety and Storage

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California penned a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx this week urging the need for stricter oil tank car regulations, an issue that some businesses have been pushing back against.[read more]

New Jersey Transit Becomes a Leader in Microgrids

October 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Transit Infrastructure and Microgrids

 

Superstorm Sandy crippled much of New Jersey’s critical infrastructure two years ago. Stuck without power at home, many also couldn’t get to work because the operations center for New Jersey Transit flooded, damaging backup power systems, emergency generation, and the computers that control train operations.[read more]

Don't Toss Out the Good Electricity with the Bad

September 10, 2014 by Kyle Aarons
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Some electricity uses can reduce overall carbon emissions. Here are some options for EPA to consider to avoid inadvertently discouraging states from deploying electric vehicles, electric mass transit, and other technologies that use electricity instead of a dirtier fuel.[read more]

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Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 9, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]

Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

September 8, 2014 by James Greenberger
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In the context of economic development programs, governments do invest in businesses and do routinely try to pick the winners in the private sector. This is not because government decisions are clairvoyant or fair. It is because governments have no choice but to make those decisions.[read more]

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Self-Driving Car Technology's Benefits, Potential Risks, and Solutions

August 19, 2014 by John Miller
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Future Cars and Future Effects

Developing ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ car technologies can make on-road travel safer and more efficient. What are the major challenges and needed improvements to successfully develop and market this very promising and innovative technology?[read more]

Californians Can Handle the Truth About Gas Prices

August 12, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Fuel Costs and Emissions

Concerns that cap-and-trade will drive up gas prices in California resulted in a letter from Assemblymember Perea and 15 other Democrats asking the California Air Resources Board to delay this expansion of the cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018.[read more]