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Will the Cheap Natural Gas Bonanza Postpone a Clean Energy Future?

Thanks to breakthroughs in seismic imaging, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, in 2012 the US reduced its reliance on much dirtier coal by shifting to gas-fired power plants. This trend is expected to continue, spurred by low gas prices...

Posted March 28, 2013    

Are Global LNG Markets Changing?

A recent report by analysts at Ernst and Young predicts that the global LNG market will shift away from its current pricing model, tied to international crude oil prices, to more spot or hub-based pricing. The report, “Global LNG: Will new supply...

Posted March 22, 2013    

Education, Skills, and Our Energy Future

Even as we enter into “Sequestration,” with devastating reductions in workforce and education programs, there has been much talk of a “skills gap” in the U.S. This line of argument suggests that there are not enough workers with the right skills to...

Posted March 9, 2013    

The PTC and the Future of the Wind Energy Industry

After seeing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extended through 2013 in the recent “fiscal cliff” legislation, the wind industry is now looking ahead to the tax reform debate. According to E&E Publishing several industry lobbyists are preparing...

Posted January 28, 2013    

Future Energy Consumption: Natural Gas Poised To Increase In Transportation?

The recent projections for future energy consumption from Exxon Mobil’s report, “Outlook for Energy,” and the EIA’s “Annual Energy Outlook, 2013” essentially said the same thing concerning the potential for natural gas and its derivative methanol:...

Posted January 12, 2013    

How Do Americans View Environmental Issues?

A recently released report by VeraQuest Inc. titled “VeraGreen: A Look at American Attitudes and Behaviors on Environmental Issues,” examines how Americans view environmental issues such as global warming and the involvement of government in...

Posted January 7, 2013    

Protecting the Grid Against Solar Storms

Numerous studies by accredited groups, such as the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Commission, the National Academy of Sciences, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have concluded that solar storms and resulting geomagnetic disturbance...

Posted December 19, 2012    

Economic Impacts of Another Drop In Natural Gas Prices

Last year, significant growth in natural gas production combined with low demand – due to a warm winter – caused natural gas prices to plummet below US$2 per thousand cubic feet. This benefited consumers, but forced some energy companies to abandon...

Posted December 13, 2012    

Do We Need a National Energy Strategy Council?

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center calls for a “National Energy Strategy Council” that would coordinate and oversee the efforts of the multiple federal agencies, such as Energy, Commerce, Defense, and Interior, that generate...

Posted December 6, 2012    

U.S. to Become Net Energy Exporter

According to the “World Energy Outlook 2012,” report recently released by the International Energy Agency, the U.S. will overtake Saudi Arabia as the largest global oil producer by 2020, and become a net oil exporter by 2030. The report also...

Posted November 14, 2012    

Achieving Emissions Targets Without Cap-and-Trade

A new report from RFF points out that despite the absence of cap-and-trade legislation, the United States is on course to reach the same emissions reduction goal – 17 percent fewer emissions from 2005 levels by 2020 – that would have been...

Posted November 1, 2012    

The Presidential Debate and Gas Prices

In the second presidential debate of 2012 an attendee asked President Obama, “Your energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating ‘It’s not policy of this department to help lower gas prices.’ Do you agree with Secretary...

Posted October 19, 2012