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Domestic Market for Distributed Wind Turbines Faces Several Challenges

August 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Wind Turbine Market Challenges

Last year's installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from other distributed energy sources, and relatively high permitting and other nonmaterial costs have presented challenges to the distributed wind market in the United States.[read more]

Last Monday's Large Percentage Decline in Crude Oil Prices was Relatively Rare

July 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Price Fluctuation

The front-month futures price for crude oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) declined 7.7% on Monday, July 6, the largest single-day decline in percentage terms since February 4. With this decline, oil prices fell below the trading range established over the past few months.[read more]

Cellulosic Ethanol is Going Backwards

June 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

The Direction of Cellulosic Ethanol/shutterstock

April was a record month for cellulosic ethanol production according to the EPA’s database that tracks this information, but that meant that at least 8 months into the learning curves for these plants actual production for that month was only about 6% of nameplate capacity. And now things are going backwards.[read more]

Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables, Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up

August 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Renewables and Corporate Adoption

Last month, twelve major corporations announced a combined goal of buying 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy each year, and called for market changes to make these large-scale purchases possible. Their commitment shows that demand for renewables has reached the big time.[read more]

Geology and Markets, not EPA, Waging War on Coal

June 10, 2014 by Zane Selvans

Geology, Markets, and Coal


Despite the passionate rhetoric from both sides of the climate divide, the proposed EPA rules are very moderate — almost remedial. The rules grade the states on a curve, giving each a tailored emissions target meant to be attainable without undue hardship.[read more]

40 Percent of Utilities Predict 'Complete Transformation' by 2030

October 10, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Utility Transformation

The words “utility” and “transformational” are rarely, if ever, tossed together in the same sentence. Yet utilities say they are expecting an overhaul of their business in the coming decades, and many realize such a metamorphosis is essential to survival.[read more]