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Managing the Rise of Distributed Energy: Emerging Utility Trends

August 21, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

Distributed Energy Management

Much has been written regarding the conventional utility’s “death spiral.” America’s power generation utilities have become increasingly fearful that a significant majority of their customers will generate their own electricity through innovative distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

Extrapolating Deployment Trends for Solar PV

March 30, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Solar Trends and the Future

Simple extrapolation of present trends implies around 1800 GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2030, with even faster growth looking possible. Low carbon technologies getting to scale like this, and reducing costs in the process, will help lower the political barriers to increased decarbonization.[read more]

Growth in Residential Electricity Prices Highest in 6 Years, but Expected to Slow in 2015

March 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Residential Electricity Pricing Trends

Residential electricity customers in most areas of the country experienced large increases in retail electricity prices during 2014, with the average U.S. residential price increasing 3.1% over the previous year. The increase represents the highest annual growth rate since 2008.[read more]

U.S. Petroleum Product Exports Increase for 13th Consecutive Year, Setting Record

March 15, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US Petroleum Exports

U.S. exports of noncrude petroleum products from the United States averaged a record 3.8 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2014, an increase of 347,000 bbl/d from 2013, based on data from EIA's Petroleum Supply Monthly. In particular, exports of motor gasoline, propane, and butane increased.[read more]

Oil Prices: Dead Cat Bounce or Have We Passed the Bottom?

February 9, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Oil Price Collapse and Recovery?

I have noticed that when oil prices are plummeting, traders tend to ignore bullish news, and when they are climbing bearish news is often shrugged off. While oil could resume its decline this month, the fact that the price of WTI rose despite news that should have sent it lower may indicate that we have passed the bottom.[read more]

Increase in Average Gasoline Prices Ends 17-Week Streak of Declining Prices

February 4, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Prices and Market Trends

EIA conducts a survey of gasoline prices each Monday, and the most recent survey showed the U.S. average regular retail gasoline price increasing for the first time in 18 weeks. The national price averaged $2.07/gallon on Monday, up 2.4 cents from a week earlier.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On the Clean Energy Shift and Oil Prices

January 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Oil Price and Energy Changes

Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “The orthodox view of unlimited oil demand growth simply does not hold in a world of super-efficient engines, electric vehicles, desperate air pollution problems, and action on climate."[read more]

Regional Refinery Trends Evolve to Accommodate Increased Domestic Crude Oil Production

January 18, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Regional Refinery Trends

Recent rapid growth in United States production of light tight oil has raised interest in understanding how U.S. refineries, many of which are configured to process heavier crude oil, might accommodate increased volumes of domestic light crude.[read more]

Top 5 Smart Grid Trends of 2014

January 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John

2014 wasn’t such a great year in the world of smart grid, with slowdowns in deployment of smart meters, distribution automation and other key new grid technologies, a lackluster record of VC investment compared to years past, and growing uncertainties over the financial viability of traditional utilities.[read more]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: New Opportunities for Utilities

November 18, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Electricity News Today

The experts of America’s Power Plan discuss new opportunities for electric utilities to drive development of distributed energy resources. By leveraging their social mandate and aggregator status, utilities can become essential enablers for customers to take advantage of new investment opportunities.[read more]

The Top 5 Trends in Soft Grid, 2014 Edition

September 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Soft Grid Trends

These are some of the findings that Ben Kellison, GTM Research’s director of grid research, has collected in this handy primer on the key trends in the soft grid over the past year. Some of these transitions are moving along more smoothly. Others are still in their early stages.[read more]

The Need for a Trend Break in the Carbon Intensity of Energy Use

June 30, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Carbon Intensity of Energy

There has been some recent discussion about the Kaya identity, which breaks down emissions from energy use into four factors: population, income per capita, energy intensity of the economy (energy used to produce each unit of GDP), and carbon intensity of energy supply (carbon emissions per unit of energy).[read more]

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use; Diesel Use, Product Exports Rise

June 27, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fuel Economy, Use, and Export

In the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014, more-stringent vehicle fuel economy standards contribute to a decline in motor gasoline consumption through 2040. Growth in heavy-duty vehicle miles traveled is greater than increasing heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy, contributing to rising diesel fuel demand.[read more]