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November 27, 2014

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November 21, 2014

NSA: Hackers Probing Control of Power, Water & Fuel

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The head of the National Security Agency called for more information sharing to thwart hackers from China and elsewhere who crawl computer systems of critical U.S. infrastructure to access controls that could be used to cut utility services, CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reported Thursday. Full story

November 20, 2014

EIA Debuts Crude Import Tool

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Screenshot from EIA’s new crude oil import data interface.

The Energy Information Administration has a new interface for assessing crude oil imports.

The crude oil import tracking tool allows users to drill through data to find details on different types of imports from various countries and to specific regions over time. Full story

November 19, 2014

Toyota to Offer Fuel Cell Car Next Month

Toyota will begin selling its fuel cell vehicle the Mirai in Japan in December and to customers in California next fall, the company said this week: Full story

November 18, 2014

DOE Launches Fuel, Outage App

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Screenshot of gasoline station status on the Energy Department’s Lantern Live app.

The Energy Department Monday unveiled a mobile application called Lantern Live to show area power outages and to locate open gasoline stations in emergencies as well as alternative fuel locations. Full story

November 17, 2014

This Week: Keystone Vote, Policy Outlook

Congress is in full swing to wrap up lame duck priorities and the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. Here is a schedule of other events on tap. Full story

November 12, 2014

Committee to Vote on Energy Bills

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Verdant Power’s Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System uses three-bladed, horizontal-axis turbines deployed underwater to generate energy from tidal and river currents. (Verdant Power)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a series of bills including measures to expedite exports of liquefied natural gas, reauthorize a marine hydrokinetic program and evaluate the energy-water nexus. Full story

November 10, 2014

This Week: Congress is Back

Congress comes back this week to sort out prospects for the lame duck session and there are quite a few events in town focusing on aspects of energy policy. Full story

November 7, 2014

ICYMI: Election, Research and FERC on CO2

The Republican wave of wins in Tuesday’s election and seizure of Senate power has a series of energy ramifications, which we covered in a slew of stories including the prospects for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and GOP talk of conciliation. Full story

November 6, 2014

One Cool Fuel Cell

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Reprinted with permission from ACS Catalysis.
Copyright 2014 American Chemical Society.

Researchers at the University of Utah announced the development of a fuel cell that uses jet fuel to create electricity using room-temperature enzymatic reactions. Full story

November 5, 2014

Brighter Outlook For LED Bulbs

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Compiled from EIA graphic.

Light emitting diode bulbs are increasingly more efficient and affordable. The efficacy of LED bulbs, on par with compact fluorescents in 2012, has since risen to more than 100 lumens per watt, as much as 80 percent higher than CFLs, according to the Energy Information Administration. Full story

November 3, 2014

Nano Paint Captures Concentrated Solar Rays

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Receiver towers glow at Ivanpah concentrated solar plant in Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Researchers announced the development of a nano-particle paint that could increase the efficiency of solar concentrating plants by about a third. Full story

The Week Ahead: Elections, CO2 Regs & Waste-to-Energy

It’s election week and with polls in a number of races too close to call, the outcome Tuesday is anyone’s guess. Recounts and runoffs could very well mean we won’t know who will control the Senate for weeks or even a month.

CQ Roll Call will drill through the impact of the election results at a conference Thursday, with insight from congressional gurus and our knowledgeable reporters. Full story

October 28, 2014

Southern Company Purchases Solar Facility in California

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Tubes used to boil water in a conventional steam-turbine generator to produce electricity. by Dennis Schroeder. (

Southern Company recently announced that its subsidiary, Southern Power, has acquired a 150 megawatt Solar Gen 2 solar facility from First Solar Inc. in California. It is now the largest facility in Southern Company’s portfolio and is expected to power 60,000 homes.

Construction of the project began in 2013 and will likely be completed sometime before the end of the year. While Southern Company does own the facility, First Solar is expected to operate it.

California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard program requires electric service providers, among other utilities, to “increase procurement from eligible renewable energy resources to 33 percent of retail sales by the end of 2020.” With this purchase, the company is looking to meet that goal.


October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Natural Gas & Clean Coal in China

Here’s what’s on tap for the week. Full story

October 24, 2014

Market Demand For Frac Sand On The Rise

As fracking continues to grow in popularity, so to has the demand for one of the most important elements involved in the process: Proppant. Yes, according to a ProppantIQ report released by PacWest Partners, demand in the North American market for proppant is expected to grow by 23 percent per year through 2016. This growth is largely a factor of increasing demand for frac sand, a popular proppant.

Although demand is on the rise, customers should expect higher prices as supply has not kept up. Supply growth, while strong, is only expected to increase by 18 percent in capacity per year.

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