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North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring Targets Challenged by Rapid Production Growth

November 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Flaring and Production Risks

Increases in North Dakota's crude oil production have resulted in increased associated natural gas production from oil reservoirs. Because of insufficient infrastructure to collect, gather, and transport this natural gas, about one-fifth of North Dakota's natural gas production is flared rather than marketed.[read more]

Symbolic Politics, the Keystone Pipeline, and Climate Policy in the Real World

November 18, 2015 by Steven Cohen

From burying a car at the first Earth Day to the campaign to ban the Keystone Pipeline, United States environmentalists have long demonstrated an affinity for symbolic politics. Symbols have meaning and can influence perceptions and values.[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

One Million Tonnes of CO2

November 18, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

The first week of November sees Shell officially open its first major carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility, called the Quest project. It is in Alberta, Canada and will capture and store about one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.[read more]

Uses of Revenues from Carbon Pricing

November 17, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The introduction of carbon pricing is often accompanied by concerns about the effects on energy prices on lower income households. Rises in electricity prices to households due to pricing of power sector emissions are of concern even under schemes such as the EUETS which do not directly cover households.[read more]

The December 2015 Paris Conference on Global Warming

November 17, 2015 by Henry Auer

The U.N. is convening in Paris in December. The objective is to finalize a new treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast to the Kyoto Protocol, the draft treaty under consideration would apply equally to all nations and would achieve reductions in emissions by stated policy objectives.[read more]

As Total U.S. Crude Oil Imports Fall, Canada's Import Supply Share Rises

November 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Canada and Crude Oil Imports

Although overall U.S. crude oil imports have been declining since 2005, crude oil imports from Canada have been increasing. As of August, Canada provided 45% of all crude oil imports to the United States, almost three times as much as all Persian Gulf countries combined.[read more]

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

November 17, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention due to the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential implications for China's GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations.[read more]

The Keystone Rejection and the Shift Back toward OPEC

November 16, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Although the International Energy Agency's latest warning of future energy security risks doesn't mention the Keystone XL pipeline, it provides important context for assessing President Obama's decision turning down that project's application.[read more]

Will the Paris Agreement Be a Legally Binding Treaty?

November 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Secretary of State John Kerry caused a bit of a stir with comments this week in the Financial Times suggesting that the Paris climate agreement will not be a legally binding treaty. It appears Mr. Kerry has stepped somewhat inelegantly into a legal morass that doesn’t translate easily into sound bites.[read more]

18 State Attorneys General, Led by New York's Schneiderman, Defend the EPA's Clean Power Plan

November 13, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

Kudos deserve go out to New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for stepping up to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants.[read more]

Deeply Troubled by FitzPatrick and Pilgrim Announcements. We Need Their Clean Electricity Production to Continue

November 13, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Plant Closures

The most recent gut punches that have put me into a funk were the Entergy announcements that they plan to close the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant on Cape Cod, announced on October 12th, and the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego, NY, announced on November 2nd.[read more]

Enphase Microinverter Course Correction Includes Layoffs of 7% of Staff

November 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Enphase and Company Layoffs

The contrasts are stark for Enphase and SolarEdge, the two leaders in the growing module-level power electronics segment. While SolarEdge just posted a record-revenue quarter with an outlook for continued growth, Enphase just revealed a disappointing revenue and margin outlook for the next quarter.[read more]

Desalination Gets a Graphene Boost

November 13, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Graphene Technology and Safe Water

With the intensifying drought in California, the state has accelerated the construction of desalination plants. Yet due to high construction and operating costs we’re not likely to see reclaimed seawater represent more than a small fraction of America’s clean water reserves for some time to come.[read more]


Differentiation, Financial Support, and the Paris Climate Talks

November 12, 2015 by Robert Stowe

If the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris come to an actual decision, the accord will be the most significant multilateral climate-change agreement put into effect since the Kyoto Protocol, concluded in 1997 (or maybe ever).[read more]