Technology

Fed Chairman Says Natural Gas Prices Will Rise 30 Percent

The future of carbon-dioxide enhanced oil recovery looks mixed, with the US unconventional resource boom potentially limiting growth CO2-EOR growth. “The shale (tight) oil revolution is an under-discussed threat to CO2 EOR prospects. The table below shows the 15 largest CO2 EOR producers in North America ranked alongside the 15 largest spenders in the shale… 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,… Keep reading →

Massive Solar Electricity Plant Provides Power To California Homes

Whether scorched birds are a major issue at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California is a matter of dispute. But the “power tower” solar plant and its owners – NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy – might have an even more fundamental problem on their hands: generating adequate electricity. The Mojave Desert plant,… Keep reading →

Central Utah Anchors State's Coal Mining Industry

The main reason carbon emissions are unlikely to decrease in the short term? Coal. Leave it to Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce to rain on the renewable energy parade. It’s not that he is anti-renewable energy, or even pro coal, but his analysis starkly demonstrates current energy fundamentals and projected trends, which are heavily… Keep reading →

Delta Air Lines Buys Philadelphia Area Oil Refinery From ConocoPhillips

It’s been a little over two years since Delta Airlines took the plunge into the refining business as part of its fuel cost control strategy. The refinery posted a $19 million profit in the third quarter, but has run into problems complying with the renewable fuel standard. The refinery was reconfigured to maximize jet fuel… Keep reading →

New York Area Prepares For Super Bowl XLVIII

Intermodal transport – where goods arrive at major seaports and are transferred to trucks and trains – presents numerous economic and carbon emissions mitigation opportunities across the value chain. High-horsepower transport like tractor trailers and railroad locomotives currently utilize diesel as their primary liquid fuel, but switching to liquefied natural gas can in many cases… Keep reading →

Aerials of U.S.-Canada Border Along The Niagara River

Massachusetts has advanced measures to establish net metering requirements for small hydroelectric facilities. On October 16, 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a notice and order opening a proceeding (DPU 14-118) to enable net metering for small hydroelectric generation, consistent with requirements under “An Act Relative to Credit for Thermal Energy Generated with… Keep reading →

eia ethanol

As the volume of ethanol blended into the US gasoline supply increased from 3% to 10% over the past two decades, the fuel’s energy density decreased by 3%, according to the EIA. In an interesting example of how energy/environmental issues are often characterized by tradeoffs, greater volumes of ethanol added to gasoline decreases air pollution… Keep reading →

San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

Union Pacific Railroad just announced handsome Q3 profits driven in large part by the US energy boom. Although crude oil shipments were down from the corresponding period last year, shipments of sand for hydraulic fracturing operations have been strong. Less expensive diesel fuel also helped the rail company’s bottom line. “Today you’re seeing lots of… Keep reading →

physics fest kids

For many of us, our first pivotal encounters with science happened at museums. These visits created lasting impressions, inspiring us to discover more about the world around us. It’s no wonder that science and technology museums around the globe host hundreds of millions of visitors each year. For me, it was a series of dioramas… Keep reading →

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