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Tesla is the World's First Digital Car

The new dashboard of Tesla ‘D’ model electric sedan is seen on a giant screen during Elon Musk’s , CEO of Tesla, unveiling of the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla ‘D’ model, a faster and all-wheel-drive version of the Model S electric sedan, at...

Posted October 29, 2014    

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 2: EV Costs

Electric Vehicles today are considered to be more expensive to purchase than their Internal Combustion Engine counterparts. But the purchase price of EV’s versus ICE vehicles tells an incomplete story about the comparative costs.While none of the EV...

Posted October 15, 2014    

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 1: The Driving Experience

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Tesla Model S P85, the high-performance version of the highly acclaimed all-electric luxury sedan. Like many drivers of the Model S, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of this machine and...

Posted October 14, 2014    

Can North America Harmonize Energy Policy?

There have been a variety of efforts in recent years to harmonize energy policy and markets across the US, Canada, and Mexico. At the North American Gas Forum meeting this past week in Washington D.C. some of these efforts were discussed....

Posted October 6, 2014    

New Report on Water Impacts of Shale Gas Development

On September 12th, the World Resources Institute held an event to unveil their new report on the fresh water impacts of shale gas development. The WRI report examines the availability of freshwater across shale plays globally. Shale resources of...

Posted September 18, 2014    

Brookings Institute Argues for Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

The Brookings Institute in Washington DC has come out in favor of lifting the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. Brookings hosted an event on Sept. 9 to unveil their new report titled “Changing Markets: Economic Opportunities from Lifting the U.S. Ban...

Posted September 16, 2014    

USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap...

Posted August 13, 2014    

New Biogas Rules in the RFS

The EPA recently announced changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) that improves opportunities for biogas to be utilized as a vehicular fuel by qualifying it as an advanced cellulosic biofuel.Biogas-derived Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and...

Posted August 6, 2014    

Fuel Stability Problems Challenge FAME Biodiesel

Fuel stability woes challenge the increase of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) biodiesel beyond the current B5, or 5% blend. Mercedes-Benz and some other original engine manufacturers (OEM’s) will not warranty their engines when blends of B6 or higher...

Posted August 1, 2014    

Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Vice Chairman of global consulting firm IHS spoke at the 2014 EIA Conference in Washington D.C. on Monday. EIA, the U.S. Energy Information Association is the statistics arm of the federal Department...

Posted July 22, 2014    

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) introduces U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (L) to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound on July 10, 2014 in Beijing, China.China is the world’s largest coal...

Posted July 18, 2014    

Will the EPA's New Carbon Rule Survive Judicial Challenge?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new carbon emission standards for fossil fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules for new-build power plants fall under Section 111(b) and are known as the New Source...

Posted July 16, 2014