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Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions

September 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Export Restrictions and Effects

A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.[read more]

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

August 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Utilities and Delivering Value

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation.[read more]


Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 15, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

The Climate Resilience Toolkit Is an Important Resource

December 2, 2014 by Joe Casola

Climate Resilience Toolkit

Anyone who needs to plan for future risks needs good information that’s easy to find and easy to use. The federal government took an important step to help managers plan for the impacts of climate change with the release this month of the Climate Resilience Toolkit.[read more]

Energy Department Authorizes Freeport LNG Exports

November 23, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Exports

The United States Department of Energy has granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

Shale Projects Lagging in Eastern Europe

October 29, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Eastern Europe and Shale

“Shale perspectives” in Eastern Europe are challenged by the delaying tactics of major industry players. Media coverage of shale gas development is positive but in Lithuania and Poland global oil and gas companies one by one drop bids to explore.[read more]

EPA Ready to Finalize CO2 Limits on New Power Plants

September 21, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

EPA CO2 Regulation

The nation's top environmental regulator, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy, unveiled a proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new coal and natural gas power plants. The rule has been in the works for years and has faced multiple delays.[read more]

All Eyes on EBRD, Will It Go Coal Free?

August 19, 2013 by Justin Guay

EBRD Coal Free?

The tectonic plates just shifted in the world of international financial institution energy lending. Soon after President Obama announced an end to US taxpayer support for overseas coal plants, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is mulling coal restrictions of its own.[read more]

Could Concentrating Solar Energy Save Humanity?

June 21, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Countries Concentrating Solar Energy

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could unlock our clean energy future and boost solar from an intermittent contributor to a baseload generator, if we clear the regulatory, technological, and financial hurdles standing in the way.[read more]

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Gets Green Light Amid Regulatory Risks

June 18, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Indian Nuclear Power


The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finally begun operations following a landmark Supreme Court of India ruling approving the project.[read more]

Three Years After Deepwater Horizon, Congress Has Failed To Improve Drilling Safety

April 21, 2013 by Joseph Romm

BP Gulf oil spill

So, three years after the BP Gulf oil catastrophe, what has changed? Are government and industry leaders taking steps to reduce the risk of another destructive spill or blowout? The answers are decidedly mixed.[read more]

Energy Pay Growth and the Regulatory Policies that Fostered It

October 16, 2012 by Mark Green

A report by notes data showing that pay increases in the oil and natural gas industry have played a large part in the largest jump in U.S. wages in five years:"PayScale, which analyzes data from more than 10 million U.S. workers, reported that workers in the mining, oil and gas exploration industry have seen their pay...[read more]

How Do We Get The Natural Boom Gas 'Right'?

August 8, 2012 by Jesse Parent

The Shale Gas Boom is one of the biggest issues in energy today - being tied to the economy, environment, and America's future in general. The trillion dollar question is how to go about it in the best way....One of my first thoughts about natural gas is that there is indeed a “boom mentality“, and a great deal of hype from most places...[read more]

Investing in the Grid: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get...Creative

August 2, 2012 by Josh Freed

Voltage Power Lines via Shutterstock

The unexpected storms that knocked out power to millions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic earlier this month highlighted how fragile America’s electric grid is. But while front page photos of fallen trees and utility repair trucks capture people’s attention, there’s a much more grave and fundamental threat to our electric grid.[read more]