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August 2015: Energy Litigation Update

LULING, TX - MARCH 26: 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 sustained downturn in prices. Crude oil prices today are almost 60 percent lower than they were six months ago.While the Texan economy has become more diversified over the years, oil is still the states largest monetary generator and any sustained downturn would be devastating for employment and the economy. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas this month said a drop in oil prices have been responsible for 39,621 job cuts in the first two months of the year.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The collapse of oil prices in the latter half of 2014 has led to SEC scrutiny of exploration and production (E&P) company compliance with rules regarding the calculation and reporting of proved reserves.

Manufacturing To Be A Key Election Issue

Italian energy group Eni has claimed to have found one of the world’s largest natural gas fields off the Egyptian coast. [BBC News] A spike in oil prices helped energy shares reverse an early decline on Monday. [ABC/AP] An energy storage study claims that prices for battery technologies will plunge up to 60% over the next… Keep reading →

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On July 28, 2015, the New York Department of Public Service (DPS) issued a whitepaper on ratemaking and utility business models under the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Track Two proceeding, providing guidance and recommendations on ratemaking and utility model reforms. REV seeks to transform the utility regulatory structure by integrating greater levels of DER… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

“Wind by wire,” courtesy of Clean Line’s merchant HVDC, can get cheap renewables to market.  Clean Line Energy believes it can develop long-distance high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines that will inexpensively move gigawatts of cheap wind (and solar) power — and still allow competitive pricing at the end of the line. There are wind… Keep reading →

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A BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, South Carolina, demonstrated that fuel cells can be powered by fuel from a unique source: Garbage. In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, the Energy Department, BMW and project partners Ameresco, Gas Technology Institute and the South Carolina Research Authority powered some of the facility’s fuel cell forklifts with hydrogen produced on-site from… Keep reading →

Energy And Climate Happenings – Overview For The Remainder Of 2015

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The Obama Administration’s release of the final Clean Power Plan kicked off a busy second half of the year for climate and energy policy issues.

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Earlier this year at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual conference in Washington, ClearView  Energy Partners’ Christine Tezak described the Obama administration’s energy policy as “give a little, take a little,” further characterizing it as “transitioning from scarcity to adequacy.” It’s accurate. Handed a generational opportunity by America’s energy revolution to advance U.S. economic… Keep reading →

Coastal Texas Faces Heavy Damage After Hurricane Ike

This month Texans have been at the mercy of some extreme, shoe-melting heat. Yet, despite the heat wave and resulting high demand in electricity, the state’s main grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has barely broken a sweat. Demand even passed the previous record-high mark twice in one afternoon, but ERCOT has… Keep reading →

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From storm-resistant shelters to breezy dwellings that open like a flower, the solar-powered houses in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015 are as diverse and creative as the teams behind them. Each was inspired by the unique cultures, experiences and landscapes of its creators, who represent more than 20 colleges and universities around… Keep reading →

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A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure.

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