Have we entered the long-promised age of commercial cellulosic ethanol production? Not quite, but progress is being made. via Forbes - Energy http://ift.tt/1WowHEO
Arrays of small vertical-axis wind turbines, optimized to take advantage of each other's turbulence, can outperform conventional wind farms, according to a Stanford University researcher—and they don't kill birds. via Forbes - Energy http://ift.tt/1pN22nF
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has produced new maps that show the structure, thickness, and geologic setting of the Utica Shale play and the location of production wells. Production of oil and natural gas from the Utica play has increased since 2011, with more than 1,700 wells drilled as of January 2016. The Utica play … Continue reading EIA produces new maps of the Utica Shale play
U.S. wind generation grew by 5.1% in 2015, the smallest annual increase since at least 1999, as weather patterns in the Western half of the United States lowered wind speeds and dampened wind generation during the first half of the year. The same weather patterns resulted in stronger winds in the central part of the … Continue reading Wind Generation Growth Slowed in 2015 as Wind Speeds Declined in Key Regions
Electric Fuel Energy and its parent company are making some bold claims about a new flow battery. If they can live up to those claims, other flow battery companies may have some stiff competition. Flow batteries provide long-duration electrochemical storage with the promise of 10-hour-plus discharge times. “Flow batteries are particularly suited for applications that require … Continue reading New Iron Flow Battery Company Makes Big Claims About Cost. Will It Prove Itself?
Mexico just concluded its first Clean Energy Auction for energy, power and Clean Energy Certificates for purchase by CFE, Mexico’s only utility. The results are stunning -- 11 PV projects have been awarded contracts worth 4 million megawatt-hours (DC) per year. That translates to 1,860 megawatts of capacity (using an average capacity factor of 33.6 percent). … Continue reading Solar Stuns in Mexico’s First Clean Energy Auction: 1,860MW Won at $50.7 per MWh
Thousands of solar households are now required to pay utilities to use the output of their own solar panels inside their own homes. And the utilities involved don't see any problem with that. via Renew Economy http://ift.tt/1SA2tvL
There has been a lot of focus on the collapse of the energy industry over the last two years and how badly bruised many of the associated company’s stocks have become. What investors often overlook though is the ancillary damage that has been done to firms that do business with the energy industry. In particular, … Continue reading Railroad Stocks Hit Hard By Oil And Coal Collapse
"Changes in technology have affected drilling efficiency and completion, supporting higher productivity per well and lowering costs, while shifts towards deeper and longer lateral wells with more complex completions have tended to increase costs," the report reads. via Fuel Fix http://ift.tt/1VVZX5X
Utilities are often criticized for not connecting deeply enough with their customers. In a world where choice is becoming more important -- turning ratepayers into dynamic consumers -- power companies need to offer a wider range of services and communications outlets. One way to better connect: Use more consumer-friendly language. According to a report in … Continue reading The Utility Industry Is Rebranding Itself: PR Ploy or Serious Attempt to Connect With Customers?