energy development

Why the Bakken Boomed

November 2, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Exploring the Development of the Baken

My previous article Addressing the World’s Flare Gas Problem, discussed my current project, which recently took me to the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. Now I will discuss the region’s shale oil boom in greater detail. In Part 3 of this series, I will conclude by delving into the economics of shale oil production.[read more]

Interview with Bob Hanold, Formerly of Los Alamos National Laboratory

January 6, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Bob Hanold Interview

Bob Hanold worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory until his retirement in 1999. Although initially involved in microseismic fracture mapping and hydraulic fracturing for geothermal projects, he transitioned entirely to oil and gas projects with the formation of the Partnership Office.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

October 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Development and Human Rights

Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance.[read more]

Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

October 14, 2014 by Justin Guay

The World Bank and Energy Poverty

World Bank energy investments are categorically failing to end energy poverty. That's the stark finding of a new report released by Sierra Club and Oil Change International which measures how multilateral development banks fare on their efforts to end energy poverty.[read more]

The Future of Energy in Turkey

May 20, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Turkey's Energy Future

Turkey's economy has transformed over the past few decades. In 1960 the country's GDP per capita was just over $250, roughly the level of the poorest country on earth today. Now the average Turk is more than 40 times wealthier. Turkey is, by many standards, a developed nation.[read more]

If Canada Opens the Spigot on Drilling, These Oil Services Companies Could Climb: Interview with Tom Varesh

March 18, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Tom Varesh was rated the #1 Ranked Industrials Analyst by Bloomberg in 2010 and 2011. He was the #1 Ranked Canadian Industrials analyst in 2010 by First Coverage Equity Research Analyst and has worked as an analyst for over 10 years at two different investment banks.[read more]

Advances in Graphene R&D Portend Significant Changes for Energy

March 18, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Gamechanging technologies don’t just happen overnight. There’s usually substantial time and money invested in basic research and development, a temporary lull as R&D moves into commercialization, and then an infusion of that technology in different product forms into existing infrastructure.[read more]

California Marks First Anniversary of Cap-and-Trade

November 14, 2013 by Lucas Bifera

In the year since California launched the nation’s largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, the state has proven that climate change action can be led by states and can even spread across national borders.[read more]

Record Year Blows United Kingdom Small Wind Energy Installations Past 102MW

October 28, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Small UK Wind Farms

2012 turned out to be a huge year for small wind in the United Kingdom, as the industry nearly doubled in size to pass £105 million in total value. The record year of installations is creating economic tailwinds for the UK’s green economy and a more resilient energy system.[read more]

Solving Energy Poverty With Solar Light Bulbs: Nokero Product Review

October 19, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Energy Poverty and Light

Can solar-powered light bulbs help end energy poverty for the 1.3 billion people who live without electricity? Maybe, if Nokero has anything to say about it. The company has launched a new series of solar-powered lights designed to replace the use of kerosene and other fuels for lighting.[read more]

US Geothermal Lags Behind While Kenya Sprints Ahead

October 10, 2013 by Tina Casey

Kenya and Geothermal

According to a new report from the Geothermal Energy Association, Kenya is set to stake out turf as the global geothermal leader with about 1,000 megawatts currently under development, more than one-fourth of which is already under construction.[read more]

Loads of Good, Clean Biogasoline From a Dirty Little Bug

October 1, 2013 by Tina Casey

Biogas and a Bug

A team of scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has been tweaking the metabolic pathway of the notorious bacteria Escherichia coli to make it squeeze out gasoline. If you’re thinking that’s been done before, well, not exactly.[read more]

Will Energy Storage Save the Grid?

September 30, 2013 by James Greenberger

It has long been assumed that the rise of distributed generation is a good thing for the grid and for the electricity storage business, but both assumptions should be questioned. For a grid largely based on distributed generation will have benefits, it will also have drawbacks.[read more]


Transforming China's Grid: Sustaining the Renewable Energy Push

September 25, 2013 by Michael Davidson

Renewables in China

China's deployment of renewable electricity generation is truly unprecedented. But facing the challenges of inefficient deployment and huge projected costs to support expected growth, what has worked in the past may not in fact be sustainable.[read more]