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Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, EIA Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and Author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.A morning panel at...

Posted May 18, 2015    

Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

Photo credit: Jared Anderson/Breaking EnergyNatural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Top 20 Risk Factors Cited by the 100 Largest U.S. Upstream Oil and Gas Players

Old “pump-jacks” are viewed on March 26, 2015 in the oil town of Luling, Texas. Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production and delivered hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, is looking at what could be a...

Posted May 11, 2015    

TAQA Arabia Using All Options to Address Egypt's Energy Crisis

An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt December 14, 2004. (Photo by Scott Nelson/Getty Images)Egyptian energy production and distribution company TAQA Arabia is working to help tackle the country’s acute energy...

Posted May 6, 2015    

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By Roman Kilisek and Jared AndersonThe Indian Point nuclear power plant is seen March 18, 2011 in Buchanan, New York. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing US nuclear regulatory...

Posted April 30, 2015    

Interview: Current Status of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Relicensing

One of the more contentious issues in the US today is relicensing the nuclear power plant fleet for additional 20-year periods. As you can imagine, this issue can be particularly divisive in the local communities in which these plants are located....

Posted April 27, 2015    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They Didn't Go Crazy the Last Few Years'

Slow and steady wins the race, according to Chevron, a company that is actually increasing its US upstream capital budget this year. Chevron started slow in the Permian Basin and watched what other companies were doing while it honed its drilling...

Posted April 12, 2015    

GE's New Gas Turbines Are State of the Art, But Are We Getting Too Cozy With the Fuel?

9HA gas turbine in validation test stand. Photo credit: GEThe first natural gas-fired turbine for US power generation and one of today’s state-of-the-art designs currently live a couple hundred yards apart on GE’s massive 413-acre Greenville, South...

Posted April 9, 2015    

Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks at the Council On Foreign Relations on March 23, 2015 in New York City. Graham spoke extensively on U.S. relations with Iran and the ongoing nuclear deal being brokered. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)...

Posted March 28, 2015    

Obama Signs Order to Cut Government GHG Emissions and Boost Renewable Energy

Recently President Obama singed an executive order regarding federal government energy targets, he toured a solar panel installation on the Department of Energy’s roof and gave some brief remarks before kicking off a roundtable with large US...

Posted March 24, 2015    

Big Data Increasing Power Generation Reliability and Saving Money, GE Says

GE’s Monitoring & Diagnostic Center in Atlanta, GA. Photo Credit: GERecently GE announced its ‘predictive maintenance’ program driven by operational data from the company’s global fleet of more than 1,500 gas turbines helped decrease power plant...

Posted March 23, 2015    

Solar City Launches Microgrid Product with Energy Storage

Solar City CEO Lyndon Rive attends the DIRECTV CBC Solar Groundbreaking event with Solar City on March 11, 2015 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for DIRECTV)US solar giant SolarCity recently announced the launch of a...

Posted March 17, 2015