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Energy News Roundup: Energy Bonds Up, Alfa Complete Pacific Takeover & GE Launch Digital Wind Farm

Energy News Roundup: Energy Bonds Up, Alfa Complete Pacific Takeover & GE Launch Digital Wind Farm

The stock market closed with another record figure on Thursday as rising oil prices bolstered energy stocks.”Best Buy was among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Lumber Liquidators, a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, plunged after its CEO abruptly quit the company. Stocks are trading at record levels,… Keep reading →

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A plenary session at the Business & Climate Summit in Paris this week. (Image via Business & Climate Summit flickr stream)

Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi actually didn’t contradict himself in an appearance on a panel at the Business & Climate Summit in Paris on Thursday. But it might have seemed like it, given some of the headlines that popped up on the Web. “Saudi Oil Minister Says World Can’t Abandon Fossil Fuels,” the Wall Street Journal… Keep reading →

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Ranking utility business models, from quick-reward opportunities to long-term investments  For years now, U.S. utilities have been finding ways to make money outside their core business of building energy infrastructure and selling kilowatt-hours. Some are putting their field service expertise to use for tree trimming and landscaping services, or using their call centers and service… Keep reading →

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014. Renewable Energy Employment in Selected Countries Source: IRENA The graphic above illustrates that familiar suspects can be found among the world’s… Keep reading →

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Given Tehran and Hezbollah’s long history of targeting Saudi interests, their recent implicit threats to the kingdom should be taken seriously. On April 27, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, lashed out at Saudi Arabia and its recent military intervention in Yemen, accusing the “treacherous Saudis” of… Keep reading →

"Boston By Balloon" Gives A Bird's Eye View Of The City

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has published its 2015 edition of the biennial City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking U.S. cities based on their local energy policies and initiatives, with Boston coming out on top. “All aspects of city life, from the buildings people work and live in to the ways they travel to the services… Keep reading →

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On-road vehicles account for nearly 60 percent of total U.S. oil consumption and more than a quarter of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the major contributor to climate change. Taking small steps to improve vehicle fuel efficiency can go a long way to lowering the amount you pay at the pump and reducing your environmental… Keep reading →

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The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the contract data and reporting scorecard metrics for January and February 2015. The first scorecard, the Summary, displays Component compliance with sending contract actions to the Electronic Document Access (EDA) system in accordance with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Procedures, Guidance, and Information.

Workers use heavy machinery to sift through coal at the Adani Power company thermal power plant, India's first supercritical 660 MW unit.  (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s something to keep in mind when you encounter a story detailing the fast rate of growth of renewable energy somewhere: It’s not good enough. Big change is afoot, and some learned observers are less pessimistic than others,  but there’s little mistaking what a desperate situation the world is in. The latest reminder comes in… Keep reading →

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The energy industry – oil & gas sector in particular – is bracing itself for a massive wave of retirements over the short to medium term, which has been dubbed “The Great Shift Change.” As the industry prepares for this turnover, companies are looking to the next generation of candidates with skills ranging from finance, geology,… Keep reading →

USGS interactive map showing location of utility-scale wind farms.

It gets more than its share of dramatic weather, but the U.S. South is generally not windy, at least not over land. As a result, wind power isn’t a thing there. East of Texas and south of parallel 36°30′ north – the Missouri Compromise line – the only wind farm in the entire region is… Keep reading →

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