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The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, or SPR, is a complex of four locations that stockpile emergency oil in deep underground storage caverns created in salt domes along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts. Although the idea of stockpiling emergency oil arose as early as 1944, it took the oil embargo of 1973-74 to spur the creation… Keep reading →


This weekend our country celebrates 239 years of independence, as well as our collective belief in equality and unalienable rights – enumerated in the Declaration of Independence as “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Heading into Independence Day 2015, it’s fitting to draw some connections between American energy and American life, liberty and the… Keep reading →


A more informed utility is a smarter utility. One way that utilities are getting more informed is the use of predictive analytics developed for Adaptive Planning solutions. As the concepts involved with Adaptive Planning are embraced by the industry, utilities will find a better understanding of their asset management programs and improved operational strategies. “Adaptive… Keep reading →


The Vatican may consider divesting its holdings in fossil fuels without a categorical commitment, a Catholic church official has stated, despite Pope Francis’s call for bold action to fight climate change and global warming. “The statement – made at a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the pope’s recently released encyclical on the environment –… Keep reading →

San Francisco Career Fair Helps Military Veterans Find Jobs

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 →


Last week we looked at the potential impacts on domestic energy production and U.S. households of two approaches to energy policy described in Wood Mackenzie’s new study. Today, let’s focus on jobs. Again, here’s Wood Mackenzie’s overview chart showing, side-by-side, the effects of  pro-development energy policies (green column) and regulatory-constrained policies (red column): Note the… Keep reading →


The Supreme Court dealt a major blow for clean energy companies by voting against mercury regulations as part of the Clean Air Act. “The Supreme Court ruled Monday the EPA has to factor in the costs of regulations aimed at curtailing mercury and other toxins from coal-burning power plants. Shares of the iShares Global Clean… Keep reading →

Dep Sec Blog

Our Women @ Energy series includes more than 250 profiles of incredible women who work at the Energy Department — and today, the series got an exciting new addition: our Deputy Secretary, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. With a background in international relations, Dr. Sherwood-Randall says that her interest in nuclear security is what drew her to… Keep reading →

Environmentalists Challenge Salton Sea Development Project

The U.S. Interior Department is out with its Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2014 – which doesn’t sound like it would be a whole lot of fun reading. But the report actually contains some pretty important bits of information. For example, you get a clear sense that Interior Department activities support jobs and economic growth,… Keep reading →


Close to a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than they are being replenished, according to a recent study by scientists at the University of California, Irvine. “The aquifers are concentrated in food-producing regions that support up to two billion people. A companion study indicates that the total amount of water in… Keep reading →

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