The US is the envy of the rest of the world when it comes to energy these days. This is what Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow with the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Energy Policy and the Environment told the audience during his opening remarks at the American Oil and Gas Renaissance conference held last week in… Keep reading →
With long development timelines, it’s not apparent yet in new installation capacity, but there was another strong signal on Monday that the wind power manufacturing supply chain is coming back in the United States. The question is if the growth will be sustained. First the news: Big turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power put out… Keep reading →
A majority of companies say taxes and cost of living are not a barrier to doing business in the state. Five years after signing one of the nation’s most progressive pieces of energy legislation into law, Massachusetts continues to see strong growth in solar, wind, efficiency and high-technology jobs throughout the clean energy industry. The… Keep reading →
Magnetically-levitated train breaks speed record in Japan. The $90 billion project is far from complete, but without wheel friction, these trains will require far less energy while sustaining less wear and tear, which drastically cuts maintenance costs. But don’t expect to see one in the US anytime soon. [Grist] New report discusses US clean energy… Keep reading →
The US Energy Information Administration’s “Today in Energy” publication, out this morning, sheds some light on the relationship between the energy sector and job growth. While the trend that it highlights is not new, especially to outfits like industry groups API and Independent Petroleum Association of America, what is different in this case is… Keep reading →
Rural Pennsylvania was transformed into one of the nation’s oil and gas boom regions virtually overnight thanks to abundant Marcellus Shale gas development. Many people know the City of Williamsport, located in Lycoming County, as the site of the Little League World Series, but gas production helped make it the 7th fastest-growing community on a… Keep reading →
In a bid to attract younger generations to the international oil & gas business, Maersk Group recently launched a Sims-style computer game designed to simulate the high-stakes challenges that come with finding, producing and transporting oil in harsh environments. “We believe we have a very fascinating story to tell about the oil & gas industry,… Keep reading →
Judging from a DOE analysis of smart grid projects, spending on Smart Grid Investment Grants and Smart Grid Demonstration Programs is more than paying off. As of March 2012, the $2.9 billion spent on projects has yielded a total economic output of $6.8 billion.
Also, the analysis indicated that high tech, industrial and service businesses usually involved in smart grid projects record higher than average labor income and boost job numbers in the economy through “indirect and induced mechanisms.” Keep reading →
It would have seemed the stuff of science fiction if it hadn’t appeared on newspapers across the world: According to new forecasts, the United States may soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the planet’s largest oil producing country. Developments in technology and high oil prices have created stunning oil booms across the U.S., transforming sleepy towns into energy powerhouses, and making the longtime dream of American energy independence a possibility again.
There’s just one problem: More oil requires more oil workers. Keep reading →
An industry source told Breaking Energy last November the two greatest challenges companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands region face are access to markets and skilled labor. Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes elaborated on these and other issues during a recent phone call.
In a scenario where the Keystone XL Pipeline is not approved by the Obama Administration, Minister Hughes said companies have lots of different options and that rail has become “compelling.” Although generally less efficient than transporting oil via pipeline, rail could be used to bring Canadian oil as far as the Gulf Coast and maybe the West Coast and Mid-continent as well, he said. Keep reading →