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The Grid is Getting Smarter, but are Customers Keeping Up?

At the New York Energy Week Smart Grid Roundtable discussion, experts from various perspectives talked about how smart metering and new data sources are changing power grid operations, customer engagement and revenue structures. Price signals are...

Posted June 22, 2015    

U.S. Commercial Solar Sector has Lagged, but Now Looks Cleared for Takeoff

Apple facility on Vallco Parkway in Cupertino, California. Photo courtesy of Borrego Solar.The commercial and industrial solar power sector has not yet taken flight in the same way that residential and utility-scale solar has in recent years. But to...

Posted June 10, 2015    

How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

Fundamental scientific research lies at the heart of many energy-related breakthroughs that ultimately disrupt established social and economic systems. It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr....

Posted May 29, 2015    

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, EIA Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and Author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.A morning panel at...

Posted May 18, 2015    

Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

Photo credit: Jared Anderson/Breaking EnergyNatural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Top 20 Risk Factors Cited by the 100 Largest U.S. Upstream Oil and Gas Players

Old “pump-jacks” are viewed on March 26, 2015 in the oil town of Luling, Texas. Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production and delivered hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, is looking at what could be a...

Posted May 11, 2015    

TAQA Arabia Using All Options to Address Egypt's Energy Crisis

An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt December 14, 2004. (Photo by Scott Nelson/Getty Images)Egyptian energy production and distribution company TAQA Arabia is working to help tackle the country’s acute energy...

Posted May 6, 2015    

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By Roman Kilisek and Jared AndersonThe Indian Point nuclear power plant is seen March 18, 2011 in Buchanan, New York. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing US nuclear regulatory...

Posted April 30, 2015    

Interview: Current Status of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Relicensing

One of the more contentious issues in the US today is relicensing the nuclear power plant fleet for additional 20-year periods. As you can imagine, this issue can be particularly divisive in the local communities in which these plants are located....

Posted April 27, 2015    

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They Didn't Go Crazy the Last Few Years'

Slow and steady wins the race, according to Chevron, a company that is actually increasing its US upstream capital budget this year. Chevron started slow in the Permian Basin and watched what other companies were doing while it honed its drilling...

Posted April 12, 2015    

GE's New Gas Turbines Are State of the Art, But Are We Getting Too Cozy With the Fuel?

9HA gas turbine in validation test stand. Photo credit: GEThe first natural gas-fired turbine for US power generation and one of today’s state-of-the-art designs currently live a couple hundred yards apart on GE’s massive 413-acre Greenville, South...

Posted April 9, 2015    

Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks at the Council On Foreign Relations on March 23, 2015 in New York City. Graham spoke extensively on U.S. relations with Iran and the ongoing nuclear deal being brokered. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)...

Posted March 28, 2015