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The Energy Gang: Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion [PODCAST]

August 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Pretty much everything bad that could happen to the coal industry is happening. Global coal demand is slumping; low natural gas prices and competitive renewables are shifting the energy mix in America; and a slew of regulations are speeding up the closure of coal power plants.[read more]

Feeding the Beast: SunEdison Plans to Buy Vivint Solar for $2.2 Billion

July 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

SunEdison and Vivint Solar

With yet another multi-billion-dollar acquisition now in the works, SunEdison isn't just strengthening its position as one of the world's top renewable energy developers -- it is on a mission to become one of the largest energy companies in any sector.[read more]

Will Areva Survive a Cascade of Crises?

May 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Energy Company Risk

Phillippe Knoche, Areva’s CEO, at this point in his brief history at the head of the firm, could probably be forgiven for thinking that without too much trouble he could throw a rock in just about any direction and hear the clang of its impact on side of one of the firm’s major crisis.[read more]

Demand Response Markets in Europe Begin to Blossom

May 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Demand Response in Europe

The opportunities for demand response in Europe are growing - and REstore is raising money to grow with them. On Thursday, the Antwerp, Belgium-based startup announced a €7 million ($7.5 million) Series C capital round, to expand operations from its home country and the U.K. to France and Germany.[read more]

Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]

Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?

August 27, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Dones and Energy Companies

Over the past few years, drones have undergone a radical transformation. Once the purview of the military and hobbyists, drones have become big business, with companies as diverse as humanitarian groups to big oil trying to cash in on the promised efficiency. For the energy industry, the uses are well documented.[read more]

As Cash Flow Flattens, Major Energy Companies Increase Debt, Sell Assets

August 1, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Company Cash and Debts

Cash from operations for major energy companies has flattened in line with flat crude oil prices. Based on data compiled from quarterly reports, cash from operations for 127 major oil and natural gas companies totaled $568 billion, and major uses of cash totaled $677 billion, a difference of almost $110 billion.[read more]

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

July 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy and Tech Crunch

As energy technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the distinction between pure-play energy companies and technology companies becomes increasingly blurred. Companies are adding computer scientists and other specialists to their pay rolls like never before.[read more]

Frictionless Energy: How Energy Companies are Finally Putting Customers First

July 8, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Energy companies are often likened to tech companies. They share many of the same investors, are often based in tech hubs like the Bay Area, and usually emphasize innovation. Yet renovating our energy infrastructure requires a different suite of tools than developing an app.[read more]

Biomass: Not Carbon Neutral and Often Not Clean

April 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Power companies, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, are often consider turning to biomass – an umbrella term for fuel that is newly derived from plant matter. Until recently, most people including policy makers assumed all biomass was clean and renewable.[read more]