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A Shift and a Slowdown: A Look Behind China’s 1H Oil and Gas Data

July 21, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Energy Data

Data and information for the first half of the year is trickling in on the world’s largest energy consumer. In this post, we take a deep look and examine the overall trends behind the numbers. Crude imports may be up, but that’s only half the story.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Oil and Natural Gas Resource Categories Reflect Varying Degrees of Certainty

July 18, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Resources and Certainty

Crude oil and natural gas resources are the estimated oil and natural gas volumes that might be produced at some time in the future. The volumes of oil and natural gas that ultimately will be produced cannot be known ahead of time, but resource estimates change.[read more]

What Big Oil Isn't Telling You About California's Clean Energy Law

July 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Big Oil and Clean Energy Law

Last week, Big Oil cranked up, once again, its campaign to block the next critical step in California’s widely supported and successful clean energy law (AB 32) by backing last-minute radical changes to a bill by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) to exempt the oil industry from carbon pollution limits.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 88 Percent of All New Generation for May, But Fossil Fuel Use, CO2 on the Rise

June 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables Growth and CO2 Rise

Several key findings from the recently released Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects 'Energy Infrastructure Update' and the Energy information’s Electric Power Monthly offer some insight in the changing landscape of energy development and production in the US.[read more]

Facing the Risk in Fossil Fueled Electricity

June 20, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Fuels and Risks

I recently wrote about how our risk tolerance affects our estimation of the social cost of carbon, but obviously that’s not the only place that risk shows up in our energy systems. Fossil fuel based electricity is also exposed to a much more prosaic kind of risk: the possibility that fuel prices will increase over time.[read more]

Carbon Standards Should Reduce Our Dependence on All Fossil Fuels

June 13, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
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Carbon Standards and Fuel Choices

Leaders from across the nation have welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It’s been inspiring to see the outpouring of support from lawmakers, public health experts, business executives, and even some forward-thinking utilities.[read more]

Joe Giamichael's Top Two Oil & Gas Fixer-Uppers

June 7, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Oil and Gas Investment

Joe Giamichael is the founder of Umbrella Research & Advisory. He has over a decade of research experience concentrating on small-cap companies. He previously worked as a managing director and a senior research analyst at Global Hunter Securities.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Domestic Production Satisfies 84% of Total U.S. Energy Demand in 2013

June 6, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US Domestic Production

Total U.S. energy production reached 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2013, enough to satisfy 84% of total U.S. energy demand, which totaled 97.5 quads. Natural gas was the largest domestically produced energy resource for the third year in a row.[read more]

Electric Slide: A Look at U.S. Energy Consumption by Sector

May 22, 2014 by Patrick Gerald
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US Energy Consumption by Sector

Since the 20th century, electricity generated from coal, natural gas, and petroleum has been held in high regard. This is because utility companies have been able to keep prices in check. In the 21st century however, America has seen the price of petroleum based energy increase rapidly.[read more]

Conventional and Renewable Energy Will Dance Even More Closely Together

May 14, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
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Energy Integration

The key issues in managing the relationship between conventional and renewable energy are efficiency and flexibility. This relates to both conventional and renewable power plants and how we integrate both to meet power needs in the most efficiently seamless method possible.[read more]

How Fossil Fuels Subsidize Us

May 12, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Sometimes people can get a very distorted view of my position on fossil fuels. They believe that because I am very aware of the role of fossil fuels in our modern lives, that I believe we should continue to grow their consumption. But that is not it.[read more]

Whiplashed by Weather?

April 19, 2014 by A Siegel

Weather Whiplash

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, etc.) are natural. Humanity, however, has recently been putting its thumb directly on the scales of what can be considered “natural.”[read more]

Fossil Fuels are for Making Stuff

April 16, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Fossil Fuel Makes Stuff

The IPCC has just recently released its third assessment report on mitigating climate change. I have spent the morning reading the full summary, and to help you save a little time I have whittled it down to a six word summary: Fossils fuels are for making stuff.[read more]

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables 'Sound Good' but Should Take Backseat to Coal

April 13, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to D.C. this week to speak in front of the Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his utility is facing. With electricity use flatlining and renewable energy eroding margins for traditional generators he called for a renewed focus on fossil fuels.[read more]

Friday Energy Fact: China is Now the World's Largest Net Importer of Petroleum and Other Liquid Fuels

March 28, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China Liquid Fuel Imports

In September of 2013, China's net imports of petroleum and other liquid fuels exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, which meant that China had become the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquid fuels in the world.[read more]