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Energy Quote of the Day: On Major Oil Field Development Woes

The hits keep on coming for companies invested in the North Caspian Operating Company, the consortium developing Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil field. One of the world’s largest and most complex oil field development projects, Kashagan has been...

Posted July 26, 2014    

Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend...

Posted July 24, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This has not Been Done Before,' Energy & Tech Increasingly Collide

As energy technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the distinction between pure-play energy companies and technology companies becomes increasingly blurred. Whether it’s drilling technology, energy storage, wind turbine advancement, increased...

Posted July 20, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'There’s Been a Monopoly on the Fuel System in this Country'

A new documentary called Pump seeking to promote alternative fuels in the US takes aim at the existing downstream oil products complex and suggests change is afoot. The movie is due out in September and today Submarine Deluxe, in association with...

Posted July 19, 2014    

ARPA-E 'Encourages Crazy Ideas' to Find Disruptive Energy Technology

Photo Credit: ARPA-EThe same GPS technology that guided smart bombs during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 is now in your smart phone and there are numerous additional examples of technology borne from US Defense Department innovators – Defense...

Posted July 17, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Students are Camping Outside the Door in Some Cases...'

As pressure to get institutional investors to divest holdings in fossil fuel-related companies increases, pension funds appear to be reacting slower than several college endowments. The logic advanced by climate activists is that as carbon pricing...

Posted July 13, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: On Climate Change Mitigation vs. Adaptation and the Tragedy of the Commons

In this video Dr. Robert Stavins, Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School succinctly discusses some of the obstinate challenges facing governments – from the local to national level – regulators, corporate...

Posted July 12, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Texas & North Dakota Now Account for Almost Half of Total US Oil Production'

The EIA’s latest Short-term Energy Outlook is out and US crude oil output continues to soar, while natural gas prices are expected to climb back toward the $5 per million BTU level this year, before slightly pulling back in 2015.EIA Administrator...

Posted July 11, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: Cannabis Growing Uses 'A Staggering Amount of Electricity'

As states like Colorado decriminalize marijuana use for personal consumption and several states move forward with medical use legislation, the subsequent explosion of indoor grow operations has gotten utilities’ attention. There is a concern the...

Posted July 10, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: "There is a Market for these Regional Plants"

Gas-to-liquids plants that is. Facilities that convert natural gas into liquid transportation fuels like diesel and gasoline have become potentially attractive given current ample US natural gas supply and the fuel’s comparatively low price compared...

Posted July 5, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Ice-Cold National Industrial Policy'

GE’s apparently successful takeover of key segments of Alstom’s prized energy business raised eyebrows when many thought German energy giant Siemens would prevail. Siemens’ unwillingness to part with its train signaling business – a critical...

Posted July 3, 2014    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities are Most Valuable When they Stay Invisible'

On the last day of this year’s 37th IAEE International Conference in New York a distinguished panel of experts, among them Ralph Izzo (Chairman and CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)), Jigar Shah (Founder of SunEdison) and...

Posted June 29, 2014