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Monthly Issue | May 6, 2013

How Much Gas Is There? (Take Two)

Courtesy: Infrogmation/Creative Commons The Cassandras in the energy business who have been waiting for the “shale bubble” to burst may need to wait a bit longer if the Potential Gas…


Oregon Utility Weighs Gas Power Options as Coal Exports Loom

Courtesy: Portland General Electric Portland General Electric (PGE), which supplies power to 800,000 customers in northwestern Oregon, is in many ways facing challenges common to utilities nationwide: Regulatory pressures, renewable…


Methanation of CO2: Storage of Renewable Energy in a Gas Distribution System

The ideal energy system of the future would be able to provide a constant supply of electricity based on renewable resources, without usage restrictions for the consumer. Unfortunately, many renewable…


Summer Power Burn: Are Generators Headed Back to Coal?

The US natural gas supply demand picture has changed with the 25% run-up in NYMEX natural gas futures prices to over $4/MMBtu this year. Prices rose because high winter demand…


Gas Power Needs Wind Generation Too, Says Study

Courtesy: Sandia National Laboratory The usefulness of gas-fired power in backing up intermittent generation from wind is well-established, but a new study suggests wind generation can also serve an important…


Disruptive Generation: Anxious Utilities Ponder the Threats

For several years, the electric utility industry has been fixated on one important facet of the so-called shale gas revolution—the displacement of coal and new nuclear, and even some renewable…


Is There a Breath of Fresh Air in China Today?

Courtesy: TK This photo of a city in China, taken on March 9, 2013, is untouched. The name of the city is irrelevant, but for purposes of discussion, it’s located…


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