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Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]

How Shale Reduced U.S. Energy Risks from Hurricanes

October 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Hurricane Risk and Energy Resources

Just in time for the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina last month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on the reduced vulnerability of US energy supplies to Atlantic hurricanes, as a result of the energy shifts of the last decade.[read more]

Shale Gas Development in China Aided by Government Investment and Decreasing Well Cost

October 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Shale Gas

Although reliance on natural gas imports has increased in the Chinese energy market, future shale gas production in China would help to meet natural gas demand as the country faces difficulties in developing other natural gas resources, including coalbed methane.[read more]

Why Are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?

September 29, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Cali Gas Prices

“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” You see, while oil prices have been falling across the country, the gap between California gas prices and the rest of the U.S. has climbed to higher levels for a longer stretch than at any time in the last 20 years.[read more]

New State Laws Seek to Improve Transparency in Utility Leak Management

September 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Leaks and Transparency

A new Massachusetts law requiring gas utilities to annually report the location and age of known gas leaks has, for the first time, enabled the mapping of gas leaks from natural gas distribution across the state. This effort parallels EDF’s methane mapping project.[read more]

Rethinking ESS Certification: Is There a Better Way?

September 21, 2015 by James Greenberger

A binary, pass-fail system of certification for ESS systems threatens a dangerous disconnect between public interest and private industry. While minimum safety standards are necessary, real progress in ESS safety will come only when safety becomes an inseparable part of the economics of energy storage.[read more]

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

September 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Texas and Resource Decisions and Policy

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators.[read more]

Arctic Oil Drilling: Deluding Communities About the Benefits of Resource Extraction

September 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Alaska's oil bounty has long kept state taxes low and has created employment for people working in and around the local energy industry. The problem with an overreliance on resource extraction for wealth is that it leads to a boom and bust cycle caused by fluctuating prices.[read more]

NRC Calls Off Expensive Search for Witches

September 11, 2015 by Rod Adams

The NRC announced that it would stop funding the National Academy of Sciences’s effort to study whether or not populations that are exposed to radiation doses that are a tiny fraction of average background radiation related to proximity to licensed nuclear energy have an elevated risk of contracting cancer.[read more]

Why Germany is Dumping Nuclear Power, and Britain Isn't

September 9, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Nuclear Power and Policy

Under the current major Energy Transition (Energiewende), Germany is seeking to entirely phase out nuclear power by 2022. Yet the UK has for many years advocated a “nuclear renaissance”, promoting the most ambitious new nuclear construction programme in Western Europe.[read more]

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]

Optimism is the Way Forward: Nuclear Power Delivers

August 31, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear Power Potential

We had an important piece of good news this month as Sendai Unit 1 was restarted in Japan, ending a long period of no nuclear generation in that country after the Fukushima accident in 2011. Sendai Unit 2 is following close behind and Japan will continue to restart many of its nuclear plants.[read more]

The DOE's Loan Program Office Needs to Help Manufacturers and Consumers

August 31, 2015 by James Greenberger

On March 6 of this year I wrote in this column about the need for the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to assist distributed energy projects, including distributed energy storage projects, rather than dedicate all its financial resources to energy megaprojects.[read more]

US Energy Future - Energy Efficiency, Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

August 27, 2015 by Willem Post

The U.S. could achieve a 50% reduction of primary energy via energy efficiency measures, and build-outs of wind and solar systems, so that the energy available to provide for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation energy requirements remains nearly unchanged.[read more]

Growing Global Liquids Inventories Reflect Lower Crude Oil Prices

August 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Supply of Global Liquids

Continued growth in global production of petroleum and other liquids has outpaced consumption growth since August 2014, resulting in rising global liquids stocks. Total global liquids inventories are estimated to have grown by 2.3 million barrels per day (b/d) through the first seven months of 2015.[read more]

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