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The impact of low oil prices on state tax revenues

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Despite a slight uptick since January, global oil prices are still half of what they were a year ago. These low prices have benefited consumers by dropping the price of gasoline and diesel across the United States. But, for oil-producing states, these lower oil prices mean decreasing tax revenues that will be difficult to offset [...]

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Electricity suppliers are shedding jobs, despite renewables growth

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Electricity suppliers have been shedding jobs over the past three years, with a net loss of 5,800 jobs across the United States. While non-hydro renewable power plants have seen significant growth, these job additions were not enough to offset losses at nuclear, fossil fuel, and hydroelectric power plants. According to analysis by the Energy Information Administration’s [...]

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Battle Rages Over Forecasts for U.S. Gas Production

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Earlier this month, the prestigious academic journal Nature published a news feature titled “Natural gas: the fracking fallacy,” casting doubt on the long-term prospects of the U.S. natural gas supply*. The article cited recent findings from an interdisciplinary University of Texas (UT) study showing future gas production from the four major U.S. shale formations could [...]

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U.S. petroleum exports rise while East Coast continues to import

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Petroleum product exports are on track for another banner year, with total exports climbing to a 3.7 million barrels per day (bbpd) average for 2014 from just under 3.5 million bbpd in 2013. However, on the East Coast, imports for some fuels increased by almost 50% in the first half of 2014. According to a report published [...]

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The Importance of Debating Energy Policies—Not Technologies

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) documents the source of all U.S. primary energy use, and then approximates to which sector energy from each source flows. (Source: EIA)

As a researcher working in the area of energy technology and policy, I often find myself drawn into debates surrounding certain energy technologies, and what role they should play in the future energy system. People are quick to list the specific benefits or drawbacks of one technology over another: “Wind energy is fine at the [...]

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Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg

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Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you might expect, and eventually trail off with diminishing returns. Last week, a friend pointed out a good blog post by Nicholas Chase and the Energy Information [...]

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No shenanigans here, U.S. carbon emissions are down

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U.S. energy-related carbon emissions are down in 2012 according to the Energy Information Administration: Now there are several ways to say that carbon emissions are down. A common practice is to use carbon intensity, which is a handy policy metric for measuring carbon emissions against economic output (tons of carbon dioxide emissions to GDP). But [...]

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Would You Eat AquAdvantage Salmon If Approved?

It’s been a long battle for AquaBounty Technologies and its divisive fish. Twenty years in the making, the first transgenic animal created for consumption – a doubly fast growing salmon – is now in its last leg of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. Regardless of the regulatory hoops AquAdvantage salmon must bound, [...]

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U.S. Solar PV Tops 3.5 GW

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the nation’s solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity now exceeds 3.5 GW. This figure is the result of a new system at the EIA for estimating the lower bound on total installed PV capacity. The figure includes both utility and customer-scale installations. The latter was not captured in previous [...]

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U.S. Natural Gas – Spot Price Low, Inventory High

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data showing the continued downward trend of natural gas prices in the United States. In the face of warmer-than-normal winter temperatures and rising domestic natural gas production, natural gas spot prices hit near 10-year lows. Subsequently, the EIA released its projections related to natural gas [...]

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