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October 23, 2014

Posts by Randy Leonard

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October 20, 2014

The Week Ahead: Methane & Efficiency Scorecard

On tap this week:

Monday

Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner and Judi Greenwald, the Energy Department’s deputy director for climate, environment and energy will take part in a discussion on curbing methane emissions at the Center for American Progress. Full story

October 17, 2014

ICYMI: Oil Slides, CO2 Talk & Yucca Echoes

Down, down, down was the way oil looked this week, with the global benchmark Brent crude dropping 27 percent from July before rebounding slightly Thursday. Full story

Unlike EIA, Market Anticipating Cold Winter

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October 16, 2014

Asian Refinery Upgrades Contribute to Light Oil Glut

Recent refinery upgrades in China and India have given those countries more flexibility in choosing imports and diminished demand for light crude on the global market, which has dropped a quarter of its value in the past three months. Full story

3D Innovation for Electric Cars

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(Energy Department)

Researchers at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used 3-D printing to construct a high-efficiency power inverter that takes up less space than current technology, the department announced this week. Full story

October 15, 2014

Cheap Oil, Sanctions Impact Russia

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(SERGEI CHIRIKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country may cut budget spending because of falling crude prices, the government news agency TASS reported Tuesday. Full story

States Fighting CO2 Regs Get Money to Comply

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Appalachian Electric Power coal-fired Big Sandy Power Plant in Cattletsburg, Ky.
(Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

The Energy Department has awarded $4.86 million to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase efficiency through programs in 13 states, including several that are fighting proposed regulations. Full story

October 14, 2014

Global Oil Supply Showdown

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(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Well, we’ve validated a basic theory of economics once again. Rising supplies led by U.S. shale production and resurgence in Libyan oil output coupled with less than expected demand have sent oil prices tumbling – setting up a faceoff within OPEC and between the group and U.S. shale investors. Full story

The Week Ahead: Russia, Solar, Gas, Carbon and Coal

A little bit of everything is happening this week, and much of it takes place Tuesday. Full story

October 10, 2014

Methane Hotspot Associated with Hydrofracked Coalbeds

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(NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan)

An area in the Southwest accounted for the nation’s largest concentration of methane emissions during a period before 2010, researchers at NASA and the University of Michigan announced Thursday. Full story

ICYMI: Oil Slides, Export Reviews & Winter Outlook

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 330 points on energy sales.
(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Oil prices dropped this week, leading to an energy sell off Thursday and the year’s biggest drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Lower oil prices could lead companies to curtail shale development. Full story

October 9, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Could Cut Shale Production

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images

For years the price of oil has been controlled by OPEC, which would simply throttle down the flow to decrease supply and maintain prices. The free market analogous process in U.S. shale oil production would likely kick in if oil prices continue their decline and fall another 20 percent or so, Fitch Ratings said Wednesday. Full story

Lawmakers Press for Alaska LNG Project

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Rendering of proposed project.
(Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects)

Members of the Alaska delegation are pushing the Energy Department to expedite approval of exports of 2.55 billion cubic feet per day of liquefied natural gas from a facility planned in their state. Full story

October 8, 2014

Oil Flows Amid Mideast Unrest

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Flames and smoke billow from an oil depot following clashes around Tripoli airport in July. (MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the attention on conflicts in Iraq and Libya this summer, oil production is humming right along. Full story

EIA: Less Heating in Warmer Winter

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In developing models for estimating how much consumers are going to spend heating their homes this winter, the Energy Information Administration relied on a forecast that calls for a warmer than average winter. Full story

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