Gas Leaks in Fracking Disputed in Study

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A peer-reviewed study by the University of Texas, sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund as well as nine different petroleum companies, supports advocates of hydraulic fracturing shale drilling (or fracking, for short) by concluding that leaks of the greenhouse gas methane resulting from the fracking process are actually smaller than the government estimated and way smaller than fracking opponents purported. … Read More

Our Fossil-Fueled Future – World Energy in 2040

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While it may be exciting to imagine what kind of mysterious super-fuels or efficient types of renewable energy the world will be running off of in the future, the United States Department of Energy came to a less exciting conclusion in their International Energy Outlook (IEO) assessment. This is a comprehensive prediction of what the world energy state will look … Read More

Christie, Energy Secretary Tout ‘Smart Grid’ Plan for NJ Transit

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the U.S. Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, have announced a federal-state partnership in which the federal government will spend $1 million to develop a smart grid designed to keep NJ Transit’s trains running even during power outages. The system they implement is one that they hope can then be adopted for transit networks throughout the … Read More

Pepco to Exelon Seek Rate Hikes to Deter Power Grid Hacks

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Pepco Holdings Inc. and Exelon Corp. are two electric utilities among others who are seeking permission to raise their customer rates in order to recoup the costs of installing measures to protect the smart grid from hackers in order to meet the cybersecurity regulations developed by the Obama administration after the president gave an executive order for regulators to review … Read More