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FirstEnergy Can’t Hide Any Longer

Gulf Coast Still Reeling From Aftermath Of Hurricane Katrina

Over the past few months, I have written a good deal about FirstEnergy, the massive electric utility serving customers across six states, and specifically its attempts to saddle Ohioans with the cost of its risky investments. The company has asked the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to guarantee profits for its uneconomic power plants… Keep reading →

Sunset Lines Up With Manhattan's Street Grid

The plan includes a lot of complicated acronyms.  On Tuesday, New York electricity regulators released a white paper on ratemaking and utility business models to be considered as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, which seeks to transform distribution utilities into energy platform providers, encourage distributed generation, and eliminate electricity peaks. The… 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 →

Despite High Emissions, New Coal Power Plants Planned in Germany

  Some thoughts on EPA’s proposed program to encourage voluntary methane emissions reductions from existing sources. The Methane Challenge Program would expand on the Natural Gas STAR program by recognizing companies that make specific emissions reduction commitments and agree to submit annual data on the progress they’re making. First, industry supports voluntary. The program could… Keep reading →

METHANE

The U.S. oil and gas industry released more than 7.3 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere in 2013, a three percent increase over 2012 – that’s an amount of gas worth nearly $2 billion, and enough to supply about 6 million American homes. The sector is the largest source of industrial methane pollution… Keep reading →

#LabsRoadShow Stop Two - Lab Contributions

Last month you had the chance to meet the National Labs. Now it’s time to find out what makes them so important. Join us for Stop Two of the National Labs Road Show, a virtual journey to meet the people, places and extraordinary science of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories. This time we’re focusing on… Keep reading →

General Images Of Electric Vehicle Recharging And Battery Changing Station In Beijing

California utility issues RFP for plug-and-play storage systems to fill broader range of grid needs  Someday, grid batteries will come in standard packages, ready to be plugged in as fast as utilities can find places and use cases for them. At least, that’s how utility Southern California Edison would like its next round of energy… Keep reading →

METHANE

A study published today in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane – about 80 billion cubic feet per year – is escaping from thousands of key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system. This equals the 20-year climate impact of… Keep reading →

RHIC_0

Each year, the Department of Energy honors exceptional mid-career scientists whose accomplishments have only just begun. Scroll through the photo gallery to learn about this year’s winners of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, and read below to learn about its namesake. Ernest Orlando Lawrence was a titan in the history of American science and innovation.… Keep reading →

National Renewable Energy Lab Tests Green Energies In Colorado

On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18 million in funding for six projects to develop bioproducts and biofuels from algae.

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