Electricity Explains Why Some Have Gas, Some Don’t

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Many people in the Northeast were questioning why some of the areas that were struck by Superstorm Sandy had plenty of gasoline in the aftermath and other areas also struck were long without. Investigating the issue will show that electricity is behind it, and that, even if a car runs on gasoline, electricity is still necessary to keep everyone driving. … Read More

Best Utility Websites Get the Basics

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E Source has recently released the results of a study that benchmarks utility websites from the perspective of a business customer. Stephanie Spaulding, E Source’s research manager who wrote the report, commented that it is important for utilities to get the basics right on their websites. The number one feature that business customers are looking for is the ability to … Read More

Utility-Scale Installations Lead US Solar PV Growth

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The United States Energy Information Agency released a new survey-based estimate of total solar capacity recently which shows that the total on-grid photovoltaic (PV) capacity almost doubled in 2011. This growth was led primarily by a growth in capacity on both a utility and commercial scale. While 2011 showed the most marked growth, PV capacity has been increasing steadily within … Read More

Coal Stocks Plunge After Obama Victory

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With an expectation for coal companies to have a rough time under the second term of Obama’s presidency, coal stock dropped at the election. Coal consumption has already dropped due to the increasing use of domestic natural gas which has made it a cheaper fuel than coal. The Obama administration’s proposed environmental regulations can make things even harder on the … Read More

Murkowski Discusses Alaska Natural Gas “Window of Opportunity” with Producers

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Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski discussed the plans to commercialize Alaska’s natural gas resources under a liquefied natural gas project with the executives of Alaska’s North Slope’s three largest producers. Those producers are Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, and BP, and Murkowski reported that she was encouraged by the level of cooperation that all three companies showed for the project. The biggest obstacle … Read More

Why Natural Gas Isn’t Likely to Solve Our Energy Woes

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Actuary Gail Tverberg writes that people who are depending on natural gas, with its high reported reserves throughout the world, to solve the world’s energy problems are “counting their chickens before they hatch.” She writes that natural gas requires a lot of infrastructure and therefore upfront investment, as well as a time delay of years before it can be utilized. … Read More