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For All the Calls to 'Rescue' Ukraine with LNG Exports, US Should Steady the Course on Terminal Applications

The annexation of Crimea by Russia is strengthening the case for U.S. companies exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to beef up Ukraine’s -- and U.S. allies’ -- energy security.  For all the hot air expended in mainstream media and at...

Posted March 31, 2014    

Here is How the Economics of Privately-Held LNG from Frigid Siberia are Shaping Up to Compete in European and Asian Natural Gas Markets

Here’s a peak at what might be the second most cost-effective natural gas resource in the world -- and it doesn’t involve hydraulic fracturing. Technically, it is a conventional gas play in Russia but not in the customary use of the word, and it...

Posted March 21, 2014    

Wonder How the Next Generation Wants to Drive Sustainability? Check out These "Future Influencers" from Siemens

Siemens AG has brought together what its leaders consider to be likely “future decision makers and thought leaders” to exchange ideas, participate in live dialogues and otherwise collaborate on how best to create a more sustainable energy future....

Posted March 14, 2014    

'Mechatronics' is Central to How Siemens Recruits and Trains Qualified Engineers for its Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine Manufacturing Plant

When Siemens AG decided to focus the manufacturing of state-of-the-technology combined-cycle natural gas turbines in Charlotte, North Carolina, it encountered difficulty securing the needed technicians and skilled machinists and welders.  It...

Posted March 11, 2014    

How the PJM Power Grid in the US Skirted Very Close to Blackouts During January's Polar Vortexes

If the polar vortexes that walloped the Eastern U.S. twice in January taught us anything, it’s that the power grid in the Mid-Atlantic states narrowly escaped blackouts that could have endangered public health and safety and cost the U.S. economy...

Posted March 3, 2014    

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Any Progress Stemming from the Joint Statement by NRDC and EEI

In their widely heralded “joint statement” last week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) articulated a “path-breaking” agreement to enable more efficiency and clean energy from utilities. At first...

Posted February 17, 2014    

Want to Sustain Utilities? Decouple Profits from Revenues, Assign Costs Where they Belong and Enable Customers to Make Smarter Energy Choices

The tally of utilities and governments around the world imposing or boosting fixed charges for grid-supplied electricity is rising to make up for the decline in traditional, rate-based revenue.  In the U.S. this has been due primarily to ever-...

Posted February 10, 2014    

How About a Wiki for Clean Energy to Share Best Practices for Improving Energy Efficiency, Boosting Renewables and Reducing Emissions

There is no shortage of ideas on how businesses, governments and households in the U.S. and other industrialized countries can become more energy efficient; same applies on how to grow cleaner supplies of energy while lowering harmful greenhouse gas...

Posted January 27, 2014    

Calculating the Social Cost of Carbon and Value of Rooftop Solar: The Movement Has Begun

How much value should owners of rooftop solar systems receive credit for in reducing their use -- and the environmental impact -- of utility-generated electricity?  That is THE question Minnesota is tackling this month, the first state ever to...

Posted January 15, 2014    

Exploring Microsoft's Carbon Price and Its 5 Steps to Carbon Neutrality

The number of companies taking tangible steps to prepare for and prosper in a lower-carbon economy is growing -- even absent a national carbon tax or cap-and-trade regime.  Their actions speak much louder than the hyperbole that many advocates...

Posted December 30, 2013    

Know your LEDs: Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs Set to Go Mainstream in Households Globally

If you’re not up to speed on LED bulbs, the time to get smart is now. Light-emitting diode bulbs are set to become household words in the U.S. and much of Western Europe – and soon will be in China and other countries – as competition heats up below...

Posted December 17, 2013    

Fast Fix: The List of Companies Preparing for a Carbon Tax Keeps Growing, But . . .

UPDATED. . . whether the U.S. and more governments will focus their nation’s economic priorities on a cleaner energy future and a healthier environment with a carbon tax or cap and trade program seems as bleak as ever. But for how much longer?If you...

Posted December 6, 2013