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Major Fossil Fuel-Producing States Rely Heavily on Severance Taxes

August 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Production and Taxes

Severance taxes accounted for less than 2% of state tax collections in 2014, but in three states severance taxes provided a much larger share of total state tax revenue in that year. Pennsylvania is considering a severance tax, and currently derives less than 1% of its revenues from a well head fee.[read more]

Remember When We Were Running Out of Crude Oil Storage?

July 3, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Given the amount of air time the crude oil storage situation received back in March and April, this might be a good time to revisit that situation. If you recall, there was a great amount of hand-wringing regarding the crude oil storage picture in the U.S. Inventories were high and they were continuing to rise.[read more]

Fossil Fuels Haven't Lost the Race, Yet. Here's the Full Story

May 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Fossil Fuels and Market Competition

A recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance article made a splash saying that fossil fuels “just lost the race against renewables.” It included a chart showing changes in power capacity additions with clear diverging trends. Although this would be a delightful turn of events, we should be wary of putting the cart before the horse.[read more]

Oil Trade Off Yemen Coast Grew by 20% to 4.7 Million Barrels Per Day in 2014

May 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Trade in Yemen

While Yemen is not a major oil-producing country, its coast borders the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a narrow chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. This strait is a strategic route for Persian Gulf oil, natural gas, and petroleum product shipments to Europe and North America.[read more]

Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

April 24, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy and Fossil Fuels

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered electricity generation is exaggerated. But look closely; the triumph of advanced energy seems even more of a sure thing.[read more]

The Greening of China's Black Electric Energy System? Insights from 2014 Data

March 19, 2015 by Hao Tan

China Energy and Fuel Sources

While China’s energy system is still a “black” system depending on fossil fuel, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile.[read more]

Can the Electric Utility Industry Support Both Solar Energy and Fossil Fuels?

February 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

When David Owens, EVP of business operations group and regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric, briefed Wall Street on Wednesday, he was clear in his remarks about rooftop solar. “I’d like to correct the pervasive misperception that our industry is working to stop rooftop solar,” he stated. “Quite the opposite.”[read more]


Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

November 17, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Wind Farms and Back Up

A common claim about wind farms is that every unit of installed wind capacity needs to be backed up by one unit of fossil fuel capacity. Some claim that wind farms do not reduce carbon emissions; while others tell us that wind farms do not need much back up in the first place. Both assertions are demonstrably false.[read more]

Wyoming's Second Swing at Curbing Oil, Gas Air Pollution Could be Home Run

November 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wyoming Pollution Reduction

Late last week Wyoming air regulators took a second crack at a proposed rule to fix a serious ozone pollution problem in the state’s Upper Green River Basin. To use a baseball analogy, this rule designed to reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, is a solid double.[read more]

Underground Coal Gasification Gets New Start in USA

November 11, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Coal Gasification

Linc Energy recently received a research & development license for Underground Coal Gasification, the first issued in the USA in twenty years. Linc Energy is moving ahead with a demonstration phase project in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, one of the country’s most active coal mining regions.[read more]

Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich

CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Gulf Coast is Going to be the Place for Having Any Storage'

October 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gulf Coast Storage

The US Gulf Coast is becoming the country’s preeminent petroleum storage hub as shale oil and natural gas liquids flow south to the refining and export center. In a move designed to capitalize on that trend, Enterprise Product Partners announced the $4.4 billion acquisition of storage company Oiltanking.[read more]

Keep Truckin': Russell Stanley on How to Snap Up Growing Energy Services Companies

October 5, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Russell Stanley has recently returned to Jennings Capital, having first joined the Toronto office in August 2007. He has worked in the brokerage industry since 1997, with the last 10 years in equity research. He has previous experience covering companies in industrial, consumer and health products.[read more]

Cold Days For Coal Could Mean Better Forecast for Our Climate

October 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Coal and Climate Change

The future is looking darker for the coal industry. Publicly-traded giants such as Alpha Natural Resources, Arch and Peabody have seen their stock prices hit historic or near-historic lows. Peabody was recently dropped from the S&P 500 index.[read more]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]