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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]

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]

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]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We Are Now Going to Focus Our Energy Sources in Other Directions'

December 7, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Sources and Choices

Gazprom will no longer move forward with the South Stream pipeline project due to European opposition. Russian President Putin made the announcement after meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, saying the countries would cooperate on the possibility of creating a gas trading hub on the Turkish-Greek border.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: World Oil Transit Chokepoints Critical to Global Energy Security

December 5, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Transit Chokepoints

International energy markets depend on reliable transport routes. About 63% (56.5 million barrels per day) of the world's oil production in 2013 moved on maritime routes. Blocking a chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial increases in total energy costs and world energy prices.[read more]

Energy and the New Congress: Beyond Keystone

December 1, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The Keystone XL pipeline has been under review by the Executive Branch for six years, yet despite its symbolic importance to both sides of the debate, and an apparent majority in both houses of the newly elected Congress favoring its construction, its future remains uncertain.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'It's Likely a Business We're in Long-Term Irrespective of Keystone'

November 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Keystone Construction and Energy Business

Long viewed as a more expensive short-term solution to pipelines, it appears transporting crude oil via rail is likely to continue in conjunction with pipeline infrastructure. As North American oil production crept steadily higher over the past several years, the output surge overwhelmed existing pipelines.[read more]

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]