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Solar manufacturing industry R&D spending in 2017 hits new high

October 9, 2018

Historically, we have tracked the annual R&D spending of 12 key publicly-listed PV module manufacturers over the last 10 years to provide insight into the broader industry trends of innovation, higher conversion efficiencies and overall competitiveness of the sector. In […]


Why Machine Learning Could Improve Resiliency and Save Millions for the U.S. Electricity Market

October 4, 2018

Power grids across the United States are facing greater technical challenges as new technologies and needs place higher demands on an already overburdened system. We no longer power just the standard household fare of lights, refrigerator, television and air conditioner. […]


Yes, The Saudis Are Comfortable With $80 Oil — Until They’re Not

September 27, 2018

Via: Forbes

The Internet has been abuzz with reports that say the Saudis are “comfortable” with oil prices at $80, or roughly where they are now. This has led many to argue for “higher longer” rather than the earlier theme of “lower […]


News and Policies, State

New York State Invests $40 Million in Solar Energy and Storage Projects

October 12, 2018

Via: Energy Manager Today

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that $40 million will be available in early November to support solar projects that integrate energy storage. This latest investment is aimed at helping the state reach its energy storage target of […]


Mainstream technologies, Renewable Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy starts work on 200-MW Central Valley Solar Farm

October 12, 2018

Via: Power Engineering

Peninsula Clean Energy has broken ground on a 200-MW solar project in the Central Valley of California. The company called it the largest California solar installation being built exclusively for a community choice aggregation (CCA) agency. The Wright Solar facility […]


News and Policies, World

Is The Global Energy Transition On Track?

October 12, 2018

Via: Forbes

Are we doing enough to save the planet? Silly question. The latest prognosis from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made for gloomy reading. Fundamental to the Paris Agreement is the target of keeping global average temperatures from […]


Energy Economics

The global economic impact of $100 oil ‘isn’t trivial’: Here are the likely winners and losers

October 11, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

The prospect of an abrupt supply shock in the energy market is making investors increasingly nervous about the possibility of oil prices soaring above $100 a barrel before year-end. Oil prices have surged more than 25 percent this year, prompting […]


Chemical, Conventional Fuels

Which Is Safer For Transporting Crude Oil—Rail, Truck, Pipeline Or Boat?

October 11, 2018

Via: Forbes

The question resurfaced this week as news of increased crude oil transportation by rail crossed the border from Canada. Oil and gas is moving around our country, around pristine wilderness, around our cities and towns. Oil is going to keep […]


News and Policies, State

Trump’s Trade War With China Is Hurting Those Energy-Producing States He Won

October 11, 2018

Via: Forbes

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is hurting the same states he won in 2016. And that includes Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which sit atop the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale basin. Will the tariffs erode his political support not just […]


News and Policies, World

European environment ministers agree 35 percent car emission cut by 2030

October 10, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

European Union lawmakers have hammered out a deal to cut vehicle emissions by 35 percent by 2030, offering a further boon to the development of electric and hybrid cars. Germany, which had insisted on a maximum 30 percent cut, relented […]


News and Policies, U.S.

Put Ethanol in People, Not Gasoline!

October 10, 2018

Via: Forbes

At a campaign rally in Iowa, President Trump indicated that he intends to support requiring a blend of 15% ethanol in the U.S. gasoline supply. The location was apt, since the only rationale for such a move is naked pandering […]


Chemical, Conventional Fuels

Hello, Michael: Beware The Resiliency Of The U.S. Oil And Gas System

October 10, 2018

Via: Forbes

I doubt there’s anything in our energy-environment discussion more under appreciated than the sheer complexity of extracting oil and natural gas from the ground and then delivering it to end-users, as safely as possible. It’s a massive 24/7/365 non-stop system, […]