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Electricity Prices Soar Past $200 per Megawatt-hour as Heat Wave Hits Eastern United States

Or a (really hot) day in the life of the power gridAn update for July 18th, which ranks as the #9 peak demand day in New England history is below...With a heat wave settling across the northeastern and midwestern United States, electricity systems...

Posted July 17, 2013    

Can Innovation Beat Climate Change and Resource Depletion? Ramez Naam on "the Infinite Resource" [VIDEO]

In this installment of our #EnergyChat series, I talk with Ramez Naam, author of The Infinite Resource: the Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a new book out from University of New England Press that takes an unflinching look at the central...

Posted July 16, 2013    

Energy Chat: Hopping on the Taxi Sharing Bandwagon [VIDEO]

Ever wish you could cut to the front of that long line at the airport taxi stand, or share a cab and save money on that expensive ride home?If you touch down soon at New York City area airports, you just might get the chance to do both, thanks to...

Posted June 24, 2013    

Pandora's Promise, Nuclear Energy Documentary, Asks: What Are You Wrong About?

The new documentary film Pandora's Promise landed in theaters last Friday and is already sparking debate and prompting a renewed look at the role of nuclear energy in confronting global climate change and the other energy challenges...

Posted June 20, 2013    

Energy Debate Redux: Will the Grid of the Future Run on DC Power?

Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it's time to take a minute to learn...

Posted June 13, 2013    

A Crisis of Leadership? Rebuilding Trust in the Energy Industry [VIDEO]

Energy is a multi-trillion dollar sector and energy products form some of the most basic inputs into our modern industrial society. What’s more, the energy industry sits at the intersection of government policy and complex markets. It’s...

Posted June 8, 2013    

After Keystone: Fight Coal and Accelerate Innovation

While the battle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline rages on, energy analysts Matthew Stepp and Alex Trembath counsel a redeployment of the climate movement's efforts. Writing in a Bloomberg op ed, the pair applaud the organizers of the...

Posted April 9, 2013    

Energy Facts: How Much Water Does Fracking for Shale Gas Consume?

I’ve been writing a lot recently about the historic transition from coal to gas-fired power generation ongoing in the United States (see here, here, and here). Water is almost always front and center in these stories (see here and here), as the...

Posted April 6, 2013    

Should the Shale Gas Revolution be Feared or Cheered?

Should the shale gas revolution be feared or cheered?The boom in shale gas production currently reshaping North American energy markets has a mixed environmental record. Cheap natural gas is forcing the closure of dozens of America's dirtiest coal...

Posted March 30, 2013    

Energy Facts: U.S. Coal Consumption Is Down But Are Exports Eroding Climate Benefits?

Time again for Friday Energy Facts...U.S. coal consumption has fallen by 237 million short tons from 2005 to 2012, a drop of more than 21 percent. The decline in coal consumption was driven almost entirely by trends in the electric power sector,...

Posted March 29, 2013    

Department of Energy Launches New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of a new initiative today meant to strengthen American clean energy manufacturing and enhance U.S. competitiveness.Assistant Secretary of Energy Dr. David Danielson announced the creation of the new...

Posted March 26, 2013    

Energy Facts: Is the U.S. Shift from Coal to Natural Gas Stalling Out?

Time again for your Friday Energy Facts: this week, is the historic shift from coal to natural gas in the U.S. electric power sector stalling out? According to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA),...

Posted March 22, 2013