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No Country For Old Biofuels

November 27, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Biofuel Economics

The corn ethanol lobby is shocked—shocked, it says—that the United States government has declined to list the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as one of the measures the country will rely on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.[read more]

Giving Thanks for Cheap Oil and xEV Resilience

November 27, 2015 by James Greenberger

The week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. is a time to recount the things for which we should give thanks. From the standpoint of the world economy certainly close to the top of the thanks list this year is the price of crude oil, which closed last Wednesday at $43.04 per barrel, down from a high of $108.[read more]

Taking A Step Back Brings Energy Revolution Clearly Into Focus

November 25, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Energy Revolution Analysis

It is very easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutia of the revolution currently under way in the energy industry. But two recent reports, one highlighting where we’ve been and the second pointing to where we are going, are a useful grounding tool.[read more]

Shrinking the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

November 24, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Last month's Congressional budget compromise included plans to sell 58 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The world has changed enormously since the SPR was established in the 1970s, but the realignment of such an asset for the 21st century deserves a full strategic review and debate.[read more]

Nuking Clean Energy: How Nuclear Power Makes Wind and Solar Harder

November 20, 2015 by Ivy Main

Nuclear and Renewables

Dominion CEO Tom Farrell is bullish on nuclear energy as a clean solution in a carbon-constrained economy, but he’s got it wrong. Nuclear is a barrier to a clean-energy future, not a piece of it. That’s only partly because new nuclear is so expensive that there’s little room left in a utility budget to build wind and solar.[read more]

John Holdren on Nuclear Energy's Importance as Ultra-Low Carbon Power Source: White House Summit on Nuclear Energy

November 20, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and Carbon Reduction

John Holdren holds what might be the longest title available in the current Administration. He is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.[read more]

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum: And Now for Something Completely Different

November 20, 2015 by David Hone

CCS Conference

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum held its 6th Ministerial Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The conference offered considerable opportunity for governments and companies to showcase their achievements in carbon capture and storage and to highlight areas in which R&D was proceeding.[read more]

North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring Targets Challenged by Rapid Production Growth

November 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Flaring and Production Risks

Increases in North Dakota's crude oil production have resulted in increased associated natural gas production from oil reservoirs. Because of insufficient infrastructure to collect, gather, and transport this natural gas, about one-fifth of North Dakota's natural gas production is flared rather than marketed.[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

Low Oil Prices are Related to a Debt Bubble

November 12, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil and Economics

Why is the price of oil so low now? In fact, why are all commodity prices so low? I see the problem as being an affordability issue that has been hidden by a growing debt bubble. As this debt bubble has expanded, it has kept the sales prices of commodities up with the cost of extraction.[read more]

Marin Katusa's Transformative Vision of a Post-Fission/Denison Merger Uranium World

November 12, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Energy Mergers and Risks

Investors have spoken, and they said they don't want a merger of Fission Uranium and Denison Mines. In this interview, Marin Katusa, founder of Katusa Research, shares his insight on why Fission investors rejected the deal and where he is finding value in the uranium and oil sector today.[read more]

Working Natural Gas in Storage Matches Record Level

November 11, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Storage

Working natural gas in storage reached 3,929 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of the date of October 30, according to EIA's latest Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. This level matches the previous weekly record of 3,929 Bcf set November 2, 2012.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage is BYOB

October 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Batteries and Energy Storage

Before the U.S. electric grid became centralized under utilities and independent system operators, it consisted of unorganized and unconnected generators. As distributed energy resources find their way into (and onto) more homes and businesses, it’s clear the grid’s future has a lot in common with its roots.[read more]

Dyson-Sakti3 Deal Provides a Window on the Emerging Battery Technology World

October 26, 2015 by James Greenberger

In another decade or two we may know more certainly whether the Western or Asian approach to developing new advanced battery technologies has been the most successful. With respect to this question, the new investments by Dyson, Bosch and Volkswagen should bear close scrutiny.[read more]

Maybe It's Time for the Department of Justice to Investigate Restraint of Trade by Nuclear Plant Operators

October 22, 2015 by Rod Adams

Plant Closures and the Nuclear Industry

A full fledged member of “the nuclear industry” has determined that it will shut down an operating nuclear electricity generating station in a market where the available capacity is already tightening. Entergy “regretfully” announced that it would stop operating the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, MA.[read more]

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