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  • Electricity Price Surged to All-Time Record for March

    04/16/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 16, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents, according data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was up about 5.5 percent from 12.8 cents per KWH in March 2013. ... The BLS’s seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose to 209.341 this March, the highest it has ever been, up 10.537 points—or 5.3 percent--from 198.804 in March 2013. ... per capita electricity production peaked in the United States in 2007.
  • Half of power plant capacity additions in 2013 came from natural gas

    04/08/2014 6:52:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 8, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California. In total, a little over 13,500 megawatts (MW) of new capacity was added in 2013, less than half the capacity added in 2012. Natural gas. Natural gas capacity additions were less than in 2012, as 6,861 MW were added in 2013, compared to 9,210 MW in 2012. The capacity additions came...
  • Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    04/08/2014 1:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Economic Collapse blog ^ | March 18, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year...
  • Wind power hits Texas record

    03/28/2014 1:24:37 PM PDT · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 28, 2014 | Emily Pickrell
    New West Texas transmission lines helped Lone Star wind power reach new gusty heights, hitting a record of more than 10,000 megawatts of generation late Wednesday night. The new West Texas transmission lines – with the unwieldy name of Competitive Renewable Energy Zone lines – cost the state almost $7 billion by the time they were completed last December, but are expected to earn their keep, giving the state the ability to nearly double its use of wind energy. “These Texas wind records were made possible by the completion of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission lines earlier this year,”...
  • The Lights Stay On

    03/27/2014 5:19:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies
    Planet Gore via National Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Henry Payne
    The Obama administration’s War on Carbon rages, but the good news is the incandescent light bulb still lives. For the third year in a row, the federal ban on the popular incandescent light bulb — the choice of most Americans — was postponed by Republican House intervention that defunded EPA enforcement of the law. “None of the funds made available in this Act may be used . . . to implement or enforce the standards with respect to incandescent reflector lamps,” reads section 322 of the $1.1 trillion budget signed by the president in January. The language was cheered by...
  • Norway Giant N.Sea Oil Project Could Face Delay Over Power Plan

    03/26/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | March 26, 2014 | Reuters
    Development of the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea may be delayed by a year and cost more than planned if Norway's parliament insists on having it be powered from shore, the Dagens Naeringsliv daily newspaper reported on Wednesday. The biggest North Sea field find in decades, it has reserves of up to 2.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent and is expected to start production in 2019 at an initial cost estimated at 100 billion to 120 billion crowns ($16.4 billion-$19.7 billion). Statoil has committed to power the first phase from shore, a move in line with the government's...
  • US Electricity System in Regulatory and Terrorist Crosshairs

    03/22/2014 8:52:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | March 22, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek.Government agencies are forcing us to spend countless billions on illusory risks and anti-fossil fuel mandates, while ignoring real threats to our livelihoods, living standards and lives. America runs on electricity. Our lights, refrigerators, air conditioners and furnace controls, computers and internet, social media, radios and televisions, banks and ATMs, cell phone chargers and transmitters, electric cars and gasoline pumps, hospitals and schools, offices, factories, refineries, farms and water purification systems – all run on electricity. 68% is generated by fossil fuels, 20% by nuclear and 7% by hydropower. Electricity reaches...
  • Another Dumb Thing McConnell Supported: The Light-Bulb Ban (Maybe Not the Brightest Bulb)

    03/21/2014 10:35:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 3/21/14 | Dean Clancy
    Among the many dumb and harmful things Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has voted for over the decades -- and there are some doozies, for example, adding trillions to the national debt, creating the unneeded and unaffordable Medicare Part D prescription drug entitlement (2003, Roll Call Vote 457), and, even more outrageously, funding Obamacare (2013, RCV 206) -- one of the dumbest has to be the light-bulb ban (2007, RCV 430). The bill Senator McConnell voted for contained a federally mandated phase-out out of the traditional incandescent light bulb in favor of those annoying folded-tube fluorescents. Compact fluorescents, as...
  • Report: U.S. Electric Grid ‘Inherently Vulnerable’ to Sabotage

    03/11/2014 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies ^ | 3/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Electric grid compounds across the country have faced an uptick in unauthorized intrusions by unknown individuals, causing concern that the U.S. grid is “inherently vulnerable” to widespread sabotage, according to a recent oversight report issued by New Jersey’s Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), which monitors the threat level. Following at least eight “reports of intrusions at electrical grid facilities in New Jersey” from October 2013 until January 2014, the ROIC’s Intelligence & Analysis Threat Unit issued a report warning that the U.S. electrical grid is “inherently vulnerable” to attacks that could wipe out power across large swaths of the country.
  • Why electricity demand is falling, and what it means

    03/06/2014 10:48:25 PM PST · by ckilmer · 51 replies
    reneweconomy ^ | 6 March 2014 | By Nathan Lim
    Why electricity demand is falling, and what it means By Nathan Lim on 6 March 2014 It is a multi-generational truth that electricity consumption only increases. This is best seen in the US where, since 1949, electricity demand has marched upward in a nearly uninterrupted pattern with the country never experiencing two consecutive years of negative growth.Even here in Australia with data going back to 1961, we have never experienced two consecutive years of negative growth either.Figure 1 – US and Australia Electricity Consumption (Billion Kilowatt hours) Electricity demand falls in USA in four of last five yearsHowever, in the...
  • Daylight Saving Time does not save energy

    03/06/2014 1:10:05 PM PST · by thackney · 62 replies ^ | Mar 05, 2014 | Gail Bambrick
    With the switchover to daylight saving time just around the corner, you might wonder why we go to the trouble of springing forward and falling backward every year. It turns out that more daylight gives us more time to shop, drive, grill and perfect our golf game. What it doesn't do is cut our energy use, as is the intent, says Michael Downing, a lecturer in English and author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time. In fact, when we lose an hour's sleep at 2 a.m. on March 9—beginning the eight-month DST season—it will not reduce...
  • Power grid takes on the West Texas drilling boom

    03/06/2014 10:46:31 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 6, 2014 | Emily Pickrell
    The booming oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin has created a voracious demand for power in West Texas, one that the grid is struggling to keep pace with, a Texas grid manager said Thursday. “Growth out in the far West is 20 to 25 percent year over year. It has just exploded and it is all oil field load,” said Brad Jones, vice president of commercial operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the grid for most of Texas. Jones was one of several speakers at a morning panel at the IHS CERAWeek energy summit...
  • Misleading Commercial on Electric Rates

    03/03/2014 7:46:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/28/2014 | Michael Van Beek
    A new commercial is attempting to make Michigan residents fear electricity deregulation. It claims that Texas "decided to experiment with deregulating their electricity," and subsequently, prices "shot through the roof" and "blackouts threatened communities." It then tells that a proposed bill in this state that would "deregulate Michigan's electricity." Michiganders need not fear, however, for this commercial is charged with only half-truths. For starters, state policymakers are not considering electricity deregulation. The cited legislation — Rep. Mike Shirkey's House Bill 5184 — merely lifts the cap on the portion of consumers who would be able to choose an alternative electricity...
  • States brace for clash between utilities, solar advocates

    02/27/2014 12:55:02 PM PST · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Redding ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | Pamela M. Prah
    Someone is installing a solar power system in the U.S. every four minutes. Generous state and federal tax credits for hooking up solar panels on roofs or in fields make solar energy attractive to homeowners and businesses. Another bonus is that those who generate solar energy can roll over what they don’t use as credit against their next utility bills, like rollover minutes on a cellphone bill, or sell excess energy back to the utilities. Utility companies aren’t happy. As the solar industry thrives, states are bracing for more showdowns this year between solar advocates and utility companies over how...
  • Obama’s War on America: Killing Coal to Kill U.S. Electrical Power

    02/20/2014 6:41:22 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/20/2014 | Alan Caruba
    If the White House and the EPA is permitted to implement the MATS regulation the economy will dramatically decline. Life in America will resemble that of third world nations. It is entirely based on lies
  • Frigid winter sends electric prices soaring for NJ customers who switched power suppliers

    02/24/2014 3:50:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | February 23, 2014
    But January’s polar vortex changed all that, as frigid temperatures sent prices soaring for thousands of New Jersey customers like Jung, whose alternative energy suppliers purchase electricity on the volatile spot market, which is subject to daily price shifts.
  • Electricity Price Index Soars to New Record at Start of 2014; U.S. Electricity Production Declining

    02/21/2014 8:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index soared to a new high in January 2014 with the largest month-to-month increase in almost four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, data from the Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, indicates that electricity production in the United States has declined since 2007, when it hit its all-time peak. The U.S. is producing less electricity than it did seven years ago for a population that has added more than 14 million people. ... Between 2007 and 2012, the nation's annual coal-fired electricity generation declined by about 25 percent,...
  • The Dark Side Of Solar Power

    02/20/2014 4:57:12 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Energy: What do you call an energy source that consumes vast tracks of open land and fries birds that cross its path? If you're the president, you call it "safe," "reliable," "green" and worthy of massive taxpayer subsidies. That, at least, is the case with the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station that covers a vast area of desert outside Las Vegas and, thanks to the generous support of the Obama administration, has officially opened. The plant points hundreds of thousands of mirrors at three towers to boil turbine-spinning water. But the heat rays aren't very friendly to the area's birds,...
  • Severe winter weather threatens East Coast energy infrastructure

    02/13/2014 11:57:49 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | 2/13/2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The National Weather Service predicts that the major winter storm that dropped significant snowfall and ice on the Southeast yesterday will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard today. The accumulation of ice can damage the electric distribution system and make road conditions unsafe, which could hamper power restoration efforts. As of 3:30 p.m. yesterday more than 450,000 customers were without power from Florida to Pennsylvania, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Assurance Daily. States of emergency have been declared in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides...
  • Energy official: Electricity prices to soar 80 percent, thanks to EPA coal regulations

    02/12/2014 3:13:22 PM PST · by matt1234 · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Regulations for new coal plants would increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent, an Obama administration official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the DEPArtment of Energy, told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight board that carbon capture and storage technology was still not ready for prime time. “The precise number will vary, but for first generation we project $70 to $90 per ton [on the wholesale price of electricity],” Friedmann said. “For second generation, it will be more like a $40 to $50 per ton price. Second...
  • LOW TECH TERROR ON THE GRID - Why the terror attack in Silicon Valley?

    02/11/2014 1:08:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.10.14 | Jed Babbin
    Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers’ cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones. According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substation’s location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters...
  • The Metcalf Incident (California electrical station attack)

    02/10/2014 7:23:28 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2014 | Peter Skurkiss
    Electricity supports not just our comfort but also the necessities of life. Without electricity, America could not come close to supporting its current population. Electricity and its benefits has been with us for so long that we tend to take it for granted. That is a mistake. What if the grid were to go down nationally for a week, for months? Imagine what life would be like. The economic damage would be incalculable and in more places than I care to think the social fabric could literally be rent apart. Commonly discussed concerns about the safety of our electrical grid...
  • TAP molten salt nuclear reactor design that'd generate 75 times more electricity per ton of uranium

    02/08/2014 4:13:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 4, 2014 | Brian Wang
    Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Transatomic Power (TAP) is developing an advanced molten salt reactor that generates clean, passively safe, proliferation-resistant, and low-cost nuclear power. This reactor can consume the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) generated by commercial light water reactors or use freshly mined uranium at enrichment levels as low as 1.8% U-235. It achieves actinide burnups as high as 96%, and can generate up to 75 times more electricity per ton of mined uranium than a light-water reactor. Transatomic Power has greatly improved the molten salt concept, while retaining its significant safety benefits. The main technical change we...
  • Attack on electric grid raises alarm

    02/07/2014 9:00:43 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 61 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Evan Halper and Marc Lifsher
    Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid. A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout. But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said, and if circumstances had been just...
  • Sandoval: Coloradans can’t depend on wind energy

    02/07/2014 5:22:46 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Tribune ^ | February 5, 2014 | Michael Sandoval
    When Coloradans flip on their lights or crank up their heat, they expect their electricity to be affordable, and at the very least, reliable. But the state Legislature and Gov. John Hickenlooper are forcing the opposite on Colorado — expensive and unreliable wind energy. The wind lobby today is one of the fattest hogs at the corporate welfare trough. Rather than win customers through good prices and reliable products, the wind lobby uses political clout to force consumers to purchase its overpriced services. Currently, a state law requires that 12 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by so-called “green”...
  • Current drought reduces hydro generation forecast for California

    02/07/2014 4:46:50 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Forecasts for the water supply at nearly every major water gauge in the states of California and Nevada were less than half of average seasonal norms as of February 5. The water supply situation has not materially improved since the governor of California declared a state of emergency on January 17. Several dry years have left California dealing with low water supply. The driest December on record has resulted in nearly 60% of the state now classified as being in a condition of extreme drought, the second-worst category in the U.S. drought monitor index. According to the California Department of...
  • Report: Power Plant Attack: “Most Significant Incident of Domestic Terrorism" (shortened)

    02/06/2014 3:47:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/6/14 | Mac Slavo
    Chances are you didn’t hear about it when it happened or the investigation that followed. Last April just outside of San Jose, California the grid system came under direct attack. Investigators have yet to identify any suspects, but the attack seems to have been well planned. First, someone accessed an underground vault housing fiber optic telephone cables and cut off communications to a large PG&E Substation. Then, for 19 minutes, someone opened fire from long-range. The sniper apparently utilized 7.62x39mm rounds, such as those used in an AK-47, to target the oil-driven cooling systems for 17 large transformers. The shell...
  • Flex alert: Californians urged to conserve electricity Thursday

    02/06/2014 3:31:31 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/06/2014 | Dana Hull
    California residents are urged to conserve electricity Thursday, as the cold snap in much of the United States is creating a shortage of natural gas. "A shortage of natural gas triggered by extreme cold weather in much of the United States and Canada is impacting fuel supplies to Southern (California) power plants and reducing electricity generation," the California IndependentSystem Operator Corporation (ISO), said in a statement issuing a statewide Flex Alert. "While the natural gas shortage is only impacting Southern California power plants, statewide electricity and gas conservation will help free up bothelectricity and gas supplies for Southern Californians."
  • French body blames renewables for EU power market failures

    02/02/2014 1:11:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 31 January 2014 | Aline Rober
    Europe’s electricity system is not living up to its promises, according to a French advisory body to the prime minister, which published a report on Tuesday (28 January) largely blaming renewable energy subsidies for this failure. The EU’s energy policy hinges mostly on power management. However, the European electricity system does not function, according to a French government advisory body, the General Commission for Strategy and Forecasting (Commissariat général à la stratégie et à la prospective—CGSP), which presented the findings of the study on 28 January. …
  • Squirrels are the true threat to America’s infrastructure

    01/29/2014 2:51:30 PM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    Grist ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | Sarah Laskow
    We may worry about hackers taking down the electrical grid, says Eugene K. Chow at The Week, just like we worry about, for example, bikers hitting frail old ladies crossing the street. But both threats are overblown. Like biker-on-old-lady violence, cyberattacks are so rare that they’re notable — we fear them and talk about them precisely because they don’t happen very often. But the true threat lies elsewhere, with more common villains. On the street, of course, it’s cars. In the nation’s electricity infrastructure, it’s squirrels. Chow explains: Even squirrels are proving to be, well, a squirrelly problem. No one...
  • Powering Down America

    01/29/2014 10:02:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 29, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Americans may look back in a few decades and see that 2007 was the year that production of electricity peaked in the United States and our nation began powering down. This may make many on the environmentalist left -- including President Barack Obama's top science and technology adviser -- very happy. But it will not make life better for you, your children or your grandchildren. According to data published by the Energy Information Administration, the United States generated a total of approximately 4,157 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2007. We had never produced that much before. We have never...
  • 'Charge Rage' – electric car owners get angry after having vehicles unplugged

    01/24/2014 2:41:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/23/14 | David Millward
    The growing popularity of environmentally friendly motoring in America has led to a new phenomenon, “charge rage”, as the owners of electric cars compete for places to plug in their cars. While the owners of electric cars may care about climate change, they appear to be less solicitous of their fellow ecologically-motivated motorists. Angry notes have been left on windscreens and drivers have returned to their cars to find that they have been unplugged.
  • Towards the extraction of ‘live’ electricity”: Report from Open Power Association

    01/21/2014 6:09:22 PM PST · by Kevmo · 9 replies
    Cold Fusion ^ | Ugo Abundo and Luciano Saporito
    “Towards the extraction of ‘live’ electricity”: Report from Open Power Association [번역] From Open Power Association Report OO6 by Ugo Abundo and Luciano Saporito, these excerpts are google translated from the original Italian: Best wishes for the new year 2014 from the staff of Power! May you be peaceful and happy, and make the most of your projects in the spirit of “open” and sharing, possibilente … Dear friends, In this latest report, compiled by Ugo Abundo, is communicated in an articulated manner the state of the art of the important work of our team. In particular, it is...
  • Northeast and Mid-Atlantic power prices react to winter freeze and natural gas constraints

    01/21/2014 9:59:24 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 21, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    A record-setting bout of bitter cold weather swept down through the Midwest and across most of the country in early January. The Northeast region reacted with upward spikes in wholesale natural gas and power prices as generators and other customers struggled to procure natural gas supplies. In the Mid-Atlantic region, record-high winter peak demand along with unexpected outages of power plants and natural gas equipment drove peak electricity prices even higher than in New York and New England. The sharp rise in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic natural gas and power demand also spurred record-high natural gas storage withdrawals. The PJM Interconnection's...
  • Bill Would Open Up Competition In Michigan’s Electricity Market

    01/20/2014 5:52:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A new bill would lift Michigan's cap on electric market choice. Proponents of the bill say the current cap prevents most of Michigan customers from using competition to lower their electric rates, which are the highest in the region and well above the national average. House Bill 5184 is sponsored by Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. The state's current electric competition cap was established in 2008 when Public Act 295, the "Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act," was signed into law. Under the act, Michigan's two largest electric utilities, Consumers Energy and Detroit Edition, were returned to a quasi-monopolistic status. It...
  • Happening now and I never even realised (power companies plans for gauging consumers)

    01/17/2014 12:12:07 AM PST · by ransomnote · 41 replies ^ | Jan, 16 2014 | unknown
    I spoke to someone yesterday that I have not seen since 1996. I met him at the Barbican in London, he was an Inventor and I was an inventor and we were both displaying products, i then met him a few months later at the Southampton Science fair and we went out for a few beers. So he worked in electronics and when I met him yesterday he told me something that I could never imagine and still cant believe it but it does seem true as I did a couple of searches and thing are happening as he told...
  • Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

    01/09/2014 8:12:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 07, 2014 – 01:52 PM | (cro—with wire reports)
    In 1990, Germany’s bown coal-fired power stations produced almost 171 billion kilowatt hours of power. At the time, many old eastern German plants were still in operation. It was a situation that the German government wanted to change, with the aim being that of radically reducing the output of the CO2-polluting lignite plants, but that’s not happening. In 2013, it rose to 162 billion kilowatt hours, the highest level since reunification in 1990, according to preliminary figures from AGEB, a collection of industry associations and research institutes. […] Power output from anthracite coal also rose, by eight billion kilowatt hours...
  • The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013

    01/02/2014 9:10:58 PM PST · by ckilmer · 7 replies
    theenergycollective ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jesse Jenkins
    The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013                 As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the big energy stories of the year. Here's my top 10 stories from 2013...1. Japan taps methane hydrates with explosive implications for the future of global energy supplies.The Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry announced in March that a team aboard a drilling ship pearched above the Eastern Nankai Trough had extracted methane gas from hydrates trapped 1,000 feet below the sea floor surface. Methane hydrates, also known as clathrates or...
  • Energy bills: Who pays the most in Europe?

    12/31/2013 6:05:05 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 December 2013 | Richard Anderson
    High energy bills may top the political agenda in the UK, but households all over Europe are feeling the squeeze. Since 2010, both gas and electricity prices have risen markedly, largely due to rises in wholesale prices on the back of the tentative global economic recovery and expectations of higher demand. Electricity prices fell in the first half of the year, but this was simply a case of energy suppliers cutting prices after large increases in January. The dip in gas prices has lasted longer, but even they are on the up again. But as the chart below shows, Europe...
  • Edison Bulb Ban Means Lights Out On Freedom: Importing 40 & 60 Watt incandescents illegal in 2014

    12/30/2013 5:31:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/30/2013
    Bulb Ban: As of Wednesday, the manufacture and import of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will be illegal — one more setback in the fight against government interference into the daily lives of the American people. First they came for our light bulbs. Before the onset of ObamaCare and its mandate to buy health insurance as a condition of citizenship, there was the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), one of the first things Democrats took up on retaking the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections. A well-intentioned President George W. Bush signed the incandescent bulb...
  • In the midst of an energy boom, electricity prices spike

    12/28/2013 2:49:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/28/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s something of a mystery for all of you amateur sleuths out there. As has already been determined, America is experiencing a fossil fuels energy boom unlike any in living memory right now. Just yesterday, Erika ran down some of the numbers, with significant expansion being seen in domestic production of shale oil and natural gas. In the midst of all this plenty, you should all be kicking back and enjoying those sweet, lower energy bills, right?Oddly enough… no. In November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Electricity Price Index hit 202.284, an all-time record and nearly 20% higher than just...
  • Electricity Prices Soar As Government Regulation Surges

    12/26/2013 4:21:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies ^ | December 26, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    The Cost Of Green: In the midst of an unparalleled energy boom, U.S. electricity prices have skyrocketed to new highs. This paradox is a result not of the free market, but of runaway government "green" regulation. Unnoticed by virtually everyone except the sharp-eyed folks at, new federal data show that electricity prices have never been higher. In November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Electricity Price Index hit 202.284, an all-time record and nearly 20% higher than just six years ago. This might strike some as strange, given the private-sector shale-fracking boom going on in the Midwest, Northeast and Texas,...
  • Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand

    12/25/2013 6:35:37 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 12/24/2013 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s power grid, with the goal of changing the way Americans use energy. Your electric bill will go way up, unless you allow the utility to control your energy load at times of peak demand. “Smart grid” technology involves a wireless, two-way flow of information between individual homes and the power plant. This allows the utility to charge more for electricity, depending on when it is used; and it enables the utility to manage energy for the consumer, to reduce the impact on the grid.
  • Christmas Lights? Electricity Price Index at All-Time High in U.S.

    12/23/2013 2:12:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    cns news ^ | 12/23/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Turning on the Christmas lights on a house or a Christmas tree this November cost Americans more on average than it has before, as the seasonally adjusted electricity price index hit an all-time high in the United States in November, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price for a kilowatt hour of electricity also set a record for the month of November, according to BLS.
  • San Francisco botches energy co-op rollout

    12/18/2013 8:21:28 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
    CalWatchDog ^ | December 16, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Obamacare isn’t the only new government program suffering problems. San Francisco is getting jolted by its new Community Choice Aggregation program, which the U.S. Department of Energy defines in general as, “a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.” CCAs allows cities or counties to opt out of electric service from their local monopoly utility and form a cooperative to buy cheap green power in the market. In California, the monopolies are Pacific Gas & Electric,...
  • Exxon: Rising Living Standards Propel Energy Needs

    12/17/2013 5:11:54 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | December 12, 2013 | JONATHAN FAHEY
    Exxon Mobil says the drive for higher living standards around the world will keep demand for electricity and transportation fuels growing even as economies get more efficient and governments put a price on pollution. The company's annual long-term energy outlook, released Thursday, predicts world energy demand will grow 35 percent by 2040 as electricity and modern fuels are brought to some of the billions of people in the developing world who currently live without power or burn wood or other biomass for cooking and heating. Those growing needs will be somewhat offset by a slow decline in consumption in the...
  • 40, 60-Watt Incandescents Out by 2014

    12/16/2013 5:52:04 AM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 15, 2013 | William Bigelow
    If you want a 40 or 60-watt incandescent light bulb, you’d better get one by Christmas, because they will not be manufactured after January 1, 2014 and will be increasingly scarce. The 40 and 60-watt light bulbs sell more than any other light bulbs, but they are being phased out as their incandescent 75 and 100-watt brethren were phased out at the beginning of 2013.
  • Future grows dimmer for classic light bulb

    12/05/2013 5:32:19 AM PST · by thackney · 86 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 5, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Light bulbs are changing. Federal rules taking effect Jan. 1 ban the manufacture of incandescent bulbs using 40 watts of power or more, the third phase of energy efficiency legislation passed in 2007. The intent of the law is to push consumers toward more energy-efficient lighting technology than the incandescent light bulb – which has helped beat back the night for more than a century, but expends most of its energy producing heat rather than light. Compact fluorescent lamps — those spiraling tubes that some consumers may associate with harsh light and delayed start-up — cost more than incandescents but...
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record for October; Up 42% in Decade

    11/22/2013 8:59:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2013 - 5:07 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The price of electricity hit a record for the month of October, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That made October the eleventh straight month when the average price of electricity hit or matched the record level for that month. The average price of electricity in October was 13.2 cents per kilowatt hour (KWH), up from 12.8 cents per KWH in October 2012—and up from 9.3 cents per KWH in October 2003. Americans now pay 42 percent more for electricity than they did a decade ago. …
  • Tennessee Valley Authority closing 8 coal fired power plants

    11/17/2013 9:47:47 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 17, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal corporation which operates energy facilities and other land management operations across multiple states, has announced that they will be closing eight coal fired power plants. They will seek to reduce coal sourced energy to 20% of their total capacity and the plants in question will be closed in Alabama and Kentucky. (The latter plants faced some headwinds as Mitch McConnell fought to stop them from closing, but the TVA overruled him.)