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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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Will the Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty become a Threat to U.S. Energy Security?

August 21, 2015 by John Miller
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Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Energy Security

The Obama Administration negotiated changes to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that is supposed to curtail Iran’s possible nuclear weapons development for 10-15 years. While the pros and cons of this treaty are being strongly debated in Congress, the risks to U.S. energy security are apparently not a priority concern.[read more]

What the EPA Rules Mean for Carbon Capture and Storage

August 20, 2015 by Patrick Falwell
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In its final rules for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the importance of carbon capture and storage technologies to achieving U.S. carbon reduction goals.[read more]

EIA Lowers Crude Oil Price Forecast Through 2016

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

Oil Price Predictions

Amid uncertainty in the oil market, EIA has lowered crude oil price forecasts in the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), expecting West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices to average $49 per barrel (b) in 2015 and $54/b in 2016, $6/b and $8/b lower than forecast in last month's STEO, respectively.[read more]

Syria Diplomacy and Oil: Geopolitics May Change Oil Outlook Dramatically Again

August 19, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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As the U.S. Congress gears up to debate the merits of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 powers last July, the Obama Administration is working overtime to get Mideast diplomacy off the ground to prove that the politically controversial deal is paying the way for a better Middle East.[read more]

Out On A Limb: Energy Storage To Track Rapid Development Of Marcellus Shale, PV

August 19, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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Storage and Energy Development

Predicting the future is hard, I get it, but it shocks me how abysmally wrong some of the smartest people in the business can be, even with the best information, such as a recent interview with John Rowe, who acknowledged that he and his executive team essentially missed the coming shale gas revolution.[read more]

EPA Spilled, but Didn't Dump, the Toxics That Ended up in Colorado's River

August 18, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week, while inspecting leaks from a long-abandoned Colorado gold mine, EPA and its contractors accidentally breached the wall of an old mine tunnel, releasing an orange-colored toxic waste soup that flowed first into Cement Creek and then into the Animas River.[read more]

Nuclear Accord Creates Potential for Additional Crude Oil Production from Iran

August 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Iran Nuclear Energy and Oil Production

On July 14, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany) and Iran announced an agreement that could result in relief from United States and European Union nuclear-related sanctions (which include some oil-related sanctions).[read more]

SoCal Edison Wants New Grid Batteries for 'Just-in-Time' Delivery

August 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Battery Delivery

Someday, grid batteries will come in standard packages, ready to be plugged in as fast as utilities can find places and use cases for them. At least, that’s how utility Southern California Edison would like its next round of energy storage systems to be delivered.[read more]

More Details Emerge About How New York Regulators Plan to Restructure Utilities

August 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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New York and Energy Planning

New York electricity regulators released a white paper on ratemaking and utility business models to be considered as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, which seeks to transform distribution utilities into energy platform providers, encourage distributed generation, and eliminate electricity peaks.[read more]

Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]

Marcellus, Friday Energy Facts: Utica Provide 85% of U.S. Shale Gas Production Growth Since Start of 2012

July 31, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Shale Gas Production and Sources

The productivity of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and the neighboring Utica Shale is steadily increasing because of ongoing improvements in precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing occurring in those regions.[read more]

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

July 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Reduction and Regulation

The EPA will soon propose its “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. Calls for voluntary measures to address pollution have increased recently, as the EPA is set to release its first-ever methane rules this summer.[read more]

The Reality of Energy Storage Policy Is Different From What Solar-Storage Vendors Expect

July 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Energy Storage and Reality

California may in fact be one of the country’s great key emerging markets for battery-backed distributed solar energy. But that promise of energy resource transformation is made up of a complex set of equal parts opportunity and uncertainty.[read more]

How EV Chargers and Energy Storage Can Make Good Grid Partners

July 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage and EV Charging

Electric vehicles could be a challenge or a resource, according to utilities plotting ways to turn EV charging stations into smart, grid-responsive resources. But the first steps toward making EV charging an asset may come from the demand charges that penalize utility customers for spikes in their electricity consumption.[read more]