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Energy Quote of the Day: 'Supply is not the Problem, We Need Good Infrastructure'

October 5, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Infrastructure

The dramatic shift in United States energy supply-demand dynamics over the past several years is impacting markets and physical commodity flows in what seems like unlimited ways, with misaligned infrastructure being one of the most pronounced.[read more]

Remember Back When Everybody Hated Electricity Deregulation?

September 23, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Electricity Deregulation

Important technological and efficiency advances are happening, and competition is providing some of the impetus for that. But much of the economics and politics of this industry have been and still are dominated by the not-very-noble desire to stick someone else with existing infrastructure costs.[read more]

New England Natural Gas Market 'Not Taking Full Advantage of Available Infrastructure'

September 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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New England and the Natural Gas Market

When temperatures plummeted across the Northeast last winter, spot natural gas prices along the Eastern Seaboard spiked to eye-popping levels causing many to call for additional pipeline capacity. However, as is often the case with energy issues, the situation is more complex than it may first appear.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On $22.4 Trillion Worth of Global Oil & Gas Megaprojects

September 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Megaprojects

Major oil and gas companies’ recent record of bringing large projects on stream within projected timeframes and budgets leaves much to be desired. Ernst & Young analyzed the performance of 365 megaprojects – those costing over $1 billion – and found 64% face cost overruns and 73% face delays.[read more]

Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US Transmission Investments

September 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Aging U.S. grid / shutterstock

America has fallen behind when it comes to investing in new energy infrastructure. According to the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, energy companies have chronically under-invested in the electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, and storage facilities for fuels. The organization gave America a sorry D+ grade for the shortfall.[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

How Best to Plan Future Energy and Water Infrastructure Projects

July 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Future Energy Planning

A new World Economic Forum report on the Water-Energy Nexus explores the link between water quantity and electricity production and specifically looks into strategic considerations for energy policy-makers on how best to plan energy and water infrastructures for the future.[read more]

Global Energy Demand Growth? Follow the Shovels in the Ground

June 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Demand Growth

A key indicator of global energy production and consumption growth is mega-project construction. Where are the world’s largest power plants, mining operations, oil & gas developments, utility-scale renewable energy projects or desalination plants being built?[read more]

Transnational Energy Infrastructure as Backbone of Potential 'Regional Power Pools' in Africa

May 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Transnational Energy Infrastructure

It is no news that across the African continent infrastructure investment and thus development has lagged behind. According to estimates by Jean Claude Gandur, founder of Addax Energy, Africa has been investing 4 percent of its GDP in infrastructure, compared to China’s 14 percent.[read more]

A Concept for Optimizing Strategic Energy Infrastructure?

April 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Optimal Energy Infrastructure

A timely new report published by the World Economic Forum in April 2014 titled “Strategic Infrastructure Steps to Operate and Maintain Infrastructure Efficiently and Effectively” addresses an important area for necessary investment globally: infrastructure.[read more]

Powering Myanmar: FDI, Geopolitics, and the Appetite for Risk

March 31, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Myanmar and Development Risk

While residents of Myanmar protest over electricity – sometimes on pricing, other times on access and most recently on environmental concerns and Chinese involvement – foreign investors are watching Myanmar’s opening economy with hungry eyes.[read more]

Fueling the Industrial Heartland

March 31, 2014 by David Hone
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Fueling the Heartland

There is no doubt that solar PV uptake is faster than most commentators imagined and it is clear that this is starting to change the landscape for the utility sector, but talk of “death spirals” may, in the words of Mark Twain, be an exaggeration.[read more]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

March 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast.[read more]

Report: China Outspent US on Smart Grid in 2013

February 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John

After years of predictions that China will take the lead from the United States on smart grid investment, it appears that the moment has arrived. China invested $4.3 billion on smart grid in 2013, far outpacing U.S. spending of $3.6 billion in the same period.[read more]

In the Dark, Again and Again

February 11, 2014 by Lewis Milford
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If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing in the same old stuff is not a climate resilient solution.[read more]