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Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

What’s the Big Fracking Deal?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Marcellus Shale Drill Rig, PA. Photo by Ken Skipper , USGS

In Search of a Reasonable Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing
One of the touchiest subjects in today’s discussion on environmental protection laws and energy independence is the exploration of the new natural-gas-retrieval technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or more commonly, “FRACKING.” Much confusion is a result of both opponents and proponents of fracking screaming their versions of the truth at the top of their lungs on any media outlet that will allow it. Trying to search the web for answers is just as difficult, as search engine results are flooded with a cacophony of biased studies from self-interested non-profit organizations or corporately funded, cherry-picked research groups.

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Blackout: Extreme Weather, Climate Change and Power Outages

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Extreme Weather is Causing More Power Outages

CLIMATE CENTRAL
Climate change is causing an increase in many types of extreme weather. Heat waves are hotter, heavy rain events are heavier, and winter storms have increased in both frequency and intensity. To date, these kinds of severe weather are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages in the United States. Climate change will increase the risk of more violent weather and more frequent damage to our electrical system, affecting hundreds of millions of people, and costing Americans and the economy tens of billions of dollars each year.

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U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production in Federal and Non-Federal Areas

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Figure 1: U.S. Crude Oil Production: Federal and Non-Federal Areas, FY2009-2013

CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
A key question in this discussion is how much oil and gas is produced in the United States each year and how much of that comes from federal versus non-federal areas. Oil production has fluctuated on federal lands over the past five fiscal years but has increased dramatically on nonfederal lands. Non-federal crude oil production has been rapidly increasing in the past few years partly due to favorable geology and the relative ease of leasing from private parties, rising by 2.1 million barrels per day (mbd) between FY2009-FY2013, causing the federal share of total U.S. crude oil production to fall by nearly 11%.

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Future of Fuels

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
1: Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CONVENIENCE AND FUEL RETAILING
In December 2013, the U .S . Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the early publication of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), providing projections for the energy markets through 2040 . NACS used EIA’s report to prepare the following analysis. “Future of Fuels 2014” seeks to determine how EIA’s projections will directly affect the retail fuels market, consumer use of specific types of light duty vehicles, and the pace at which alternative fuels may gain market share.

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The Electric Slide: Where America’s Energy Goes

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
The Electric Slide (Infographic) | Where Americas Energy Goes

AMERICAN TRAINCO
Although we might consider electricity a primary source of energy in our lives since we use it for a variety of household items, electricity is actually a secondary source. Electricity is generated from primary energy sources like coal, natural gas, petroleum, and renewable energy sources like wood, biofuels, wind, and hydropower.

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Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Infrastructure 2014

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
HOW DO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS—who could pursue opportunities regionally, nationally, or internationally—think about infrastructure? How do city leaders use infrastructure investments to position their cities for real estate investment and economic development? What role does infrastructure play relative to other economic development strategies? And are public and private perceptions and priorities aligned—or do they diverge, and in what ways? These were the central questions for Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City, the eighth in an annual series of reports examining infrastructure trends and issues by ULI and EY.

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The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Completed and under construction wind power capacity, 2008–2013

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
With the right policy mechanisms in place, the potential of America’s clean energy economy extends beyond one fuel choice or pipeline, and provides the country with an unparalleled opportunity to reinvigorate our economy while protecting our environment. An America powered on renewable power, fuels, and thermal energy is a stronger, more secure, prosperous and cleaner America.

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Hydroelectric Power in Oklahoma

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Hydroelectric Power in Oklahoma

Personnel give updates on several projects associated with GRDA hydroelectric facilities.

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How Fuel Cells Work

Friday, March 28th, 2014
How Fuel Cells Work

Learn how fuel cell technology generates clean electricity from hydrogen to power our buildings and transportation—while emitting nothing but water. This video illustrates the fundamentals of fuel cell technology and its potential to supply our homes, offices, industries, and vehicles with sustainable, reliable energy.

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Clean Energy Works for Us

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ANNOUNCED IN 2013 FROM

Solar power generation was the year’s top sector with more than 21,600 jobs announced. Other strong sectors included building efficiency (12,500) and public transportation (11,400). Job announcements were made in 46 states, with California’s roughly 15,400 jobs topping the list. California was followed by Texas, Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts.

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