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Lessons from the Shale Revolution

The ability to extract natural gas and oil from shale is one of the biggest events in energy since the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. After developing the combination of technologies to cheaply fracture, map, and directionally drill shale between 1976 and 2000, the United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer.[read more]

Dramatic Growth of Energy Storage Depends on Natural Gas Prices

July 20, 2015 by James Greenberger

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]

Natural Gas Heavy Duty Trucking Fleet Could Benefit US Economy, but Not Climate

February 24, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

While the economy benefits from falling fuel prices, policy makers should consider ways to shield the benefits of a healthy natural gas sector from the fallout from the OPEC price war. One way to help natural gas producers beat OPEC would be to nurture natural gas as a fuel for the trucking fleet.[read more]

Russia and the Ukraine: The Energy Angle Part 2

April 15, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Prior to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, the United States tried to re-engage Russia as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Moscow has at least one concrete interest that is the same as Washington: radical Islamic jihadism is a national security threat in Moscow.[read more]

Study Sheds Light on the Environmental Impact of Shale Gas

October 22, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Natural gas has been identified as a likely "bridge fuel" to cleaner energy sources. But this view has been challenged by suggestions that methane leakage from natural gas systems might be significant enough to negate the downstream climate benefits of switching to natural gas.[read more]

GE White Paper: Age of Gas To Bring Greater Flexibility, Resilience

October 21, 2013 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Denser networks for natural gas will contribute to greater flexibility and improved economics, according to a new white paper released by GE. The paper, called the Age of Gas, argues that the expanding network of natural gas infrastructure expected from the gas boom, will enhance the industry.[read more]

US Edges Saudi Arabia, Russia in Oil and Gas

October 8, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

US Oil and Gas Growth

The International Energy Agency made headlines nearly one year ago with its bold forecast that the United States was on track to being the world’s top oil and natural gas producer by 2017. Turns out that the US is fracking its way to the top far faster than the experts anticipated.[read more]

Could Solar Heating and Cooling Ever Catch Up With PV and Natural Gas?

October 5, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Heatingand Cooling

Targets and policies that support solar heating and cooling (SHC) could drive the installation of 300 gigawatts-thermal of capacity by 2050. That would require 100 million SHC panels, or, in other words, ten square feet of solar collector area per person.[read more]

How Painful Will the Coming Spike in Natural Gas Prices Be?

October 3, 2013 by Rod Adams

Natural Gas Pricing

There is a good reason for American nuclear energy professionals to learn more about the dynamics of the natural gas market. We have been told numerous times that cheap natural gas is making our technology less and less viable in the competitive market place.[read more]

Mark Bittman Wrong On Gas: How New York Times Columnist Misunderstands Shale Revolution

September 30, 2013 by Max Luke

Columnist Mark Bittman argues that natural gas has little potential as a bridge to zero-carbon energy and that gas should play a limited role in the country’s energy strategy. We examine his arguments along with the studies he employs to back them up, and find them wanting.[read more]

Natural Gas is Good For US Economy

September 24, 2013 by Willem Post

US natural gas production has steadily risen from 2007 to 2012. Natural Gas has been the primary reason US CO2 emissions have declined during that period; renewables and economic contraction/efficiency contributed, but were not the primary reason.[read more]

Natural Gas, the Media, and New EPA Pollution Rules

September 22, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

People don’t realize that natural gas doesn’t deliver enough of a reduction in our emissions to be a good idea, and this will lead us to the biggest single misstep in our response to the growing impacts of climate change unless we change course drastically and very soon.[read more]

54 Billion Tons of CO2 Emissions Displaced By Nuclear Energy, Natural Gas

September 12, 2013 by Mia Shaw

Emissions Displacement

Energy produced by nuclear fission and natural gas has saved the country 54 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 1950. Had America’s carbon intensity remained constant at its 1940 levels, today’s annual carbon dioxide emissions would be 1.7 billion tons greater.[read more]

Nuclear and Gas Account for Most Carbon Displacement Since 1950

September 5, 2013 by Max Luke

Carbon Displacement

A recent analysis finds that the vast majority of the CO2 emissions associated with America’s carbon intensity decline since the mid-1900s can be attributed to the increasing shares of two energy sources: nuclear fission and natural gas.[read more]


Coal to Gas Fuel Switching in the UK: The Role of Carbon Pricing

September 4, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Coal to Gas Switching in the UK


In the UK electricity generation from coal increased 30%, while electricity generation from gas decreased by the same percentage. This is not the result of new coal plants, or gas plants closing. It is a result of the changes in the relative costs of coal and gas.[read more]