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Initial Production Rates in Tight Oil Formations Continue to Rise

February 14, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Tight Oil Measurement

Tight oil production in the United States increased from 2007 through the month of April 2015, based on estimates made in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), and accounted for more than half of the total oil production in the United States in 2015.[read more]

Net Metering: The Class of 2015

February 14, 2016 by Sol Systems

Net Metering in the Past Year

The solar energy industry ended 2015 on a high note with the approval of the Clean Power Plan, the successful international climate agreement at COP 21, and the extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC). However, alongside federal policy, state policies can make or break solar energy.[read more]

Debunking Silly Arguments for Utility Protectionism

February 14, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Utility Protectionism

Ohio utilities FirstEnergy and AEP, as readers of this blog know too well, want the Buckeye State to bail out their uneconomic power plants. Combined, their proposals before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) would run Ohioans nearly $6 billion in increased costs.[read more]

It's Time to Implement Good Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs in Your State

Energy Efficiency Industry Standards

The industrial sector represents a big opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. In general, investments in energy efficiency lower operating costs for manufacturers, which increases their productivity and improves competitiveness.[read more]

Green Homes Yield Major Resale Premiums in Washington, D.C.

Green Home Resale

High-performing homes (HPHs) with green features—both single- and multi-family—in the District sell for nearly 3.5 percent more than those without green features, according to a recently released report by real estate appraiser and author Sandra K. Adomatis and the Institute for Market Transformation.[read more]

Advanced Electric Water Heaters Could Save Money and Cut Pollution

February 13, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Electricity Savings

The humble water heater used to heat water for bathing and washing dishes in America's homes also may be a promising new tool for cutting residential utility bills, promoting clean energy, and strengthening the reliability of the power grid.[read more]

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A New Start for the Energy Collective

February 12, 2016 by aweiner
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Karel Beckman, Editorial Director

The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.[read more]

Insights in Resilience: Climate Change and Human Health

February 12, 2016 by Emilie Mazzacurati

Public Health and Climate

The healthcare sector is often the first to witness the impacts of poor air quality, extreme weather, and other climate hazards on the health of the community. From heat waves to floods and exposure to rapidly spreading vector borne illnesses, the nexus of climate change and human health gets stronger every day.[read more]

Why 7 Years Of Low Natural Gas Prices Haven't Brought Down Electricity Prices

February 12, 2016 by Benjamin Burger
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Natural Gas Prices and Consumer Impacts

After peaking in 2008, the collapse of natural gas prices theoretically saved Americans nearly $250 billion over 3 years. Had the net savings been a stimulus package, the first year alone would have actually been the second biggest in history.[read more]

Supreme Court Stays CPP While Senate Halts Energy Bill

February 12, 2016 by Matt Stanberry

The Supreme Court and the Clean Power Plan

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan until the pending litigation against the rule is resolved, including any appeal to the high court. This means the rule will be in legal limbo until the Supreme Court rules on the merits of the case.[read more]

Electricity Usage In Texas Grew In 2015 Led By Renewables

February 12, 2016 by Devon Bass

Renewables in Texas

ERCOT, the Texas electricity authority, reported an increase in total system-wide electricity usage for 2015. This is due in large part to record breaking summer demand for power which saw a peak demand record of almost 70,000 megawatts.[read more]

Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs and Clean Energy Competition

February 12, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Nevada Clean Energy Policy

If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.[read more]

Natural Gas Use for Power Generation Higher This Winter

February 12, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Winter Consumption

So far this winter, natural gas consumption in the electric power sector (gas burn) has been higher than in any previous winter. According to Bentek Energy, gas burn in the electric power sector has averaged 25.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) so far this winter, November 1st through February 8th.[read more]

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Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Project Gathering Steam

February 12, 2016 by Ben Adler

Water Conservation in Cadiz Valley

What if there was an abundant source of pure water under the desert sands? There is. Beneath the scorched earth of a western desert lies a supply of water greater than that contained in North America's Lake Mead. The problem is that much of this water is either inaccessible, unusable, or is being lost to evaporation.[read more]

NRG Gets Licenses for STP Twin ABWRs, but Little Hope to Build Them

February 12, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Plant and Actual Construction Possibilities

The NRC has cleared the way for the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses for Nuclear Innovation North America’s South Texas Project site in Texas. The project involves twin 1350 MW ABWR nuclear reactors. The NRC certified the ABWR design in 1997.[read more]