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US Solar Adoption Pretty Dismal, Closer Look Reveals

US Solar Adoption Pretty Dismal, Closer Look Reveals

China will overtake Germany as the world’s solar leader this year based on cumulative installed capacity, and the United States is likely to move up a spot to No. 4. But China and the U.S. are big countries, and when you take population into consideration, the solar leadership picture changes – a lot. Here are the… Keep reading →

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Colorado Blazes The Path On Oil And Gas Data

The Dow Falls On Poor Economic Data In The Housing And Job Market

This May has truly been a banner month for transparency of the oil and gas industry.  To start, FracFocus, the state-run, national hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure database,released chemical information of nearly 100,000 wells in raw digital format. On the same day, Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) put two key datasets online that will… Keep reading →

California Faces Continued Energy Woes

Insight for Industry – Breakthroughs in Battery Storage Technologies Carry Impacts for Wind and Solar On April 30, 2015, Tesla Motors unveiled its Powerwall and Powerpack lithium ion batteries for homes and utility-scale applications, which could facilitate an increased role for wind and solar energy resources that have so far been limited by a need… Keep reading →

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Saudi Arabia’s oil minister has made the shocking statement that the world’s biggest oil exporter could stop using fossil fuels as soon as 2040 and focus on developing solar and wind energy resources. “Ali Al-Naimi’s statement is striking as Saudi Arabia’s wealth and influence is entirely founded on its huge oil wealth and the nation… Keep reading →

Germany Plans 26 New Coal-Fired Power Plants

The U.S. portfolio of electric power plants will continue to shift in 2015, according to a federal assessment projecting that nearly 16 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity will retire in 2015. Most of the capacity to be retired this year is coal-fired generation.

NRG Energy's Encina Power Station in San Diego County. Image from Google Maps street view.

Clean energy advocates in California were pretty excited two months ago when an administrative law judge told state utilities regulators they should look for preferred alternatives to approving a power purchase agreement for power from a new natural gas-fired plant in San Diego County. Alternatives like renewable energy, storage, efficiency and demand response. “This is a huge reversal… Keep reading →

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31:  A sign is posted at a Shell gas station on October 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  Royal Dutch Shell reported a 32% decline in third quarter profits with earnings of $4.5 billion compared to $6.5 billion one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cabinets From Both UK And Scottish Governments Meet In North East Scotland

Consumers have felt some of the fruits of America’s energy revolution, API Chief Economist John Felmy told reporters in a pre-Memorial Day conference call. Felmy noted: Drivers are paying about $1 less per gallon of gasoline on average nationwide than they did at this time a year ago, according to AAA. Thanks to advanced hydraulic… Keep reading →

The Deepwater Gunashli complex in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. (Photo from BP)

The oil industry has seen many booms and busts in its history, and it’s common in times of low oil prices for companies to face significant pressure to cut spending.  This can lead to production slowdowns, decommissioned rigs, layoffs and other cuts with similar far-reaching consequences. It can even lead to unsafe working conditions if… Keep reading →

A liquified natural gas (LNG) tanker sit

Just a few years ago hopes were running high Down Under. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were increasing almost every month on the back of increased gas demand from Japan amid the shut down of its 50 nuclear reactors after the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011. Australia, who had already begun an unprecedented LNG… Keep reading →

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