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US Leads LNG Export Race Over Canada, but Future Demand Could be Sufficient for Both Suppliers

US Leads LNG Export Race Over Canada, but Future Demand Could be Sufficient for Both Suppliers

The Western Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) is trying to get its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plans together, they really are. However, problems are besetting the country’s once high-flying ambitions. As the price of crude oil, both global Benchmark Brent and NYMEX-traded West Texas Intermediate (WTI) plunged by over half since mid-June, BC’s… Keep reading →

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EPA Announces Timeline For Renewable Fuel Standards

New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

On April 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a proposed consent decree to resolve litigation challenging the delay in issuing Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014 and 2015 brought by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) against EPA.

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

Just a few minutes after BP Group Chief Executive Robert Dudley addressed a CERAWeek luncheon crowd on post-Macondo efforts that have seen the company spend  more than $44 billion on Gulf response and cleanup, I talked with Center for Offshore Safety Executive Director Charlie Williams about the center’s work to increase the safety culture in… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

There is no great disagreement that the U.S. energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring. Our history and experience have demonstrated that we can weather it without threatening our uniform and non-negotiable commitment to reliability. But to do… Keep reading →

Research Shows San Andreas Fault May Be Overdue For Large Earthquake

More than a dozen areas in the US have been affected in recent years by small earthquakes caused by oil and gas drilling, according to a government report released Thursday. “The man-made quakes jolted once-stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers… Keep reading →

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In Milestone, Energy Department Projects Safely and Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide WASHINGTON – In a landmark accomplishment, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing that a group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the Department have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) –… Keep reading →

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On Tuesday, April 21 the Obama Administration released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (“QER”) as a component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The extensive report analyzes energy infrastructure in the United States, and “identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions.”

Research has identified 17 areas in the central and eastern United States with increased rates of induced seismicity. Image from U.S. Geological Survey.

As if being in the middle of Tornado Alley wasn’t enough, Oklahoma is now at the heart of Earthquake Country. “The earthquake rate in Oklahoma has increased so significantly that it raises the risk of a larger damaging earthquake….Oklahomans should be concerned about this increased risk.” — William Leith, senior science advisor for earthquake hazards… Keep reading →

Russia's Gas Monopoly Gazprom Headquarters

The gusher of liquefied natural gas ready to set sail on the world market in the next five years creates challenges for traditional gas suppliers, Russia’s Gazprom among them. State-owned Gazprom is Europe’s biggest natural gas supplier, and it has turned east to China in recent years for new growth and a rival market to… Keep reading →

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The energy industry is increasingly a mobile (not Mobil, pun intended) enterprise, where foremen, floor-hands, roughnecks and drillers use smartphones and tablets throughout the workday. These devices contain vital information – including confidential data – about everything from codes to operate heavy machinery and geological studies about untapped reservoirs of natural gas and oil to intellectual property about a… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

The electric utility industry is in the midst of unprecedented change. Despite these changes, most utility rate designs remain largely based on formulas devised more than a century ago. The fallacy of applying 19th century rate structures to 21st century electric utility services is made clear by the economic effects of demand-side management programs and… Keep reading →

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