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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]

Dramatic Growth of Energy Storage Depends on Natural Gas Prices

July 20, 2015 by James Greenberger
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The case for the dramatic growth of energy storage on the grid is really a case against a long term stable price for natural gas. Hockey stick projections for the storage market fundamentally depend on the assumption that gas prices will rise and/or that grid operators will hedge against that possibility.[read more]

Department of Energy Sharpens the Budget Axe for South Carolina MOX Plant

July 20, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Power and the DoE

As part of a unique nonproliferation agreement with Russia, the US is building a mixed oxide fuel production plant in South Carolina to downblend 34 tonnes of weapons grade plutonium with uranium oxide (U308) to make it into mixed oxide fuel (MOX). The Russians are disposing of a similar tonnage of plutonium.[read more]

Removing Toxic Electronics From New York City's Waste

July 17, 2015 by Steven Cohen

While the dangers of climate change attract more attention than other environmental issues, the problems of waste and toxics also persist - and are worthy of attention and action. One of the fastest growing environmental problems of the past decade has been the rapid increase in electronic waste.[read more]

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

July 16, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Nuclear Designs

Almost three dozen firms representing $1.3 billion of investor money are pursuing technological innovations in the field of nuclear energy. A June 2015 report by the Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank, details the mix of firms includes small startups and big-name investors like Bill Gates.[read more]

Commentary: Cracking Open A Window for Iran to Attain its "Economy of Resistance"

July 14, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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As news of a deal between Iran and the P+1 group intensifies, markets and companies will increasingly focus on what it will mean for oil. There are already hints that any deal will involve inspections, followed by affirmation of compliance, by the International Atomic Energy Agency which could take up to six months.[read more]

Last Monday's Large Percentage Decline in Crude Oil Prices was Relatively Rare

July 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Price Fluctuation

The front-month futures price for crude oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) declined 7.7% on Monday, July 6, the largest single-day decline in percentage terms since February 4. With this decline, oil prices fell below the trading range established over the past few months.[read more]

Reliability Is Key Issue For Electric Utilities In Changing Market

July 13, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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Energy Marktes and Reliability

In a recent article in Utility Dive, Tucson Electric Power’s Carmine Tilghman made a big deal about the unfavorable economics of Tesla’s current 7 kilowatt-hour Powerwall battery option, which he said would cost consumers $7,000 installed.[read more]

Cyberattack on U.S. Power Plants Could Cause $1T in Economic Damage

July 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Cyberattacks and Infrastructure Safety

Let’s imagine an “improbable, but not impossible” cyberassault on the U.S. power grid. A shadowy group of skilled and malicious actors spend years implanting a piece of malware, dubbed the “Erebos” trojan, in the control systems of power plants across the Northeastern United States.[read more]

My Dr. Strangelove Moment: How I Came to Love Clean Coal

July 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Clean Coal

I recently returned from a two week barnstorming trip that took me to see the newest clean coal power plants that employ carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). CCS is the practice of physically capturing carbon dioxide molecules from the exhaust streams of large fossil fuel burners like power plants.[read more]

What Greece, Cyprus, and Puerto Rico Have in Common

July 9, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Economic Crises and Energy

We all know one thing that Greece, Cyprus, and Puerto Rico have in common–severe financial problems. There is something else that they have in common–a high proportion of their energy use is from oil. Figure 1 shows the ratio of oil use to energy use for selected European countries in 2006.[read more]

Energy Storage and the Cost of Going Off-Grid

July 8, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Last month's Annual Energy Conference of the EIA included speakers and panels on topics such as crude-by-rail, potential oil exports, and the role of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, all of which should be familiar to my readers here. However, the topic that really caught my interest this year was energy storage.[read more]