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Paris Can Be a Key Step

November 23, 2015 by Robert Stavins

My purpose today, in this essay, is to explain why I believe that the Paris climate talks may in fact turn out to be a key step in the international negotiations, and more important, a significant step in efforts to address the threat of climate change.[read more]

While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

November 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Earlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many angles, including by me, for his long-running failure to make a decision.[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]

Symbolic Politics, the Keystone Pipeline, and Climate Policy in the Real World

November 18, 2015 by Steven Cohen

From burying a car at the first Earth Day to the campaign to ban the Keystone Pipeline, United States environmentalists have long demonstrated an affinity for symbolic politics. Symbols have meaning and can influence perceptions and values.[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]

One Million Tonnes of CO2

November 18, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

The first week of November sees Shell officially open its first major carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility, called the Quest project. It is in Alberta, Canada and will capture and store about one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.[read more]

Uses of Revenues from Carbon Pricing

November 17, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The introduction of carbon pricing is often accompanied by concerns about the effects on energy prices on lower income households. Rises in electricity prices to households due to pricing of power sector emissions are of concern even under schemes such as the EUETS which do not directly cover households.[read more]

The Keystone Rejection and the Shift Back toward OPEC

November 16, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Although the International Energy Agency's latest warning of future energy security risks doesn't mention the Keystone XL pipeline, it provides important context for assessing President Obama's decision turning down that project's application.[read more]

U.S. Propane Exports Increasing, Reaching More Distant Markets

November 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Propane and Fuel Exports

As U.S. propane production has increased and domestic demand has remained relatively flat, the United States has transitioned from being a net propane importer to a net exporter. Propane exports from the United States are changing traditional propane trade patterns across the globe.[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]

New Evidence Shows Government Grossly Underestimated Risks of Atlantic Oil and Gas Exploration

November 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Last year the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued an environmental analysis that would open the east coast, from the New Jersey/Delaware border down through central Florida, to seismic airgun surveys. These surveys are what the offshore industry uses to prospect for oil and gas.[read more]

The Legal Battle is Joined on the Clean Power Plan, and AEE is in the Thick of It

November 4, 2015 by Bob Keough

Clean Power Plan and the States

Well, that didn’t take long. Within hours of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register last Friday, Oct. 23, a group of 24 states filed suit in the D.C. Court of Appeals against EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Separately, Oklahoma and North Dakota lodged their own legal complaints.[read more]

The Best New Job Opportunities in Oil and Gas Might Surprise You

November 4, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Oil and Gas and Employment

People think of the energy sector as a great place to find jobs, but some of the best, most stable job opportunities in the sector aren’t what you’d think. They’re not dedicated to resource production, but to minimizing the millions of tons of natural gas and associated pollution that leaks as the product is produced.[read more]

Why the Bakken Boomed

November 2, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Exploring the Development of the Baken

My previous article Addressing the World’s Flare Gas Problem, discussed my current project, which recently took me to the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana. Now I will discuss the region’s shale oil boom in greater detail. In Part 3 of this series, I will conclude by delving into the economics of shale oil production.[read more]