Archive for Traditional Energy

16 May 2017

Early Retirement: More Challenging Than It Sounds

As our energy mix becomes increasingly decarbonized, regulators and grid operators face new challenges from many directions. A growing concern in regions with high penetration of renewables is the risk of uneconomic retirement of flexible capacity, such as natural gas-fired power plants. Many agree that natural gas will continue to play a critical role in […]

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15 March 2017

Building Our Energy Future: The Path Forward

Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, addresses cleantech professionals, academics and students at the BERC Energy Summit. “Cleantech opportunity today is as great as it has ever been.” That’s how Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, kicked off this year’s BERC Energy Summit on Friday, February 24. Unfortunately, a bright future does not […]

11 November 2015

Keystone XL and the U.S. Dependence on Oil

On November 6, 2015, Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL project. Why did he do this, and what does this mean for the U.S.? The Keystone XL had several major concerning issues associated with it: first, the tar sands crude oil are significantly dirtier in greenhouse gas emissions than conventional crude oil; second, the oil would largely be exported and sold abroad; third, the risks to the American people as a result of the pipeline are very real.

4 November 2015

The Keystone Pipeline and Its Possible Impact on the Asia-Canada Energy Situation

Justin Trudeau has indicated that environmental protection would be more of a priority under his leadership. On the other hand, Trudeau is expressing support for Chinese investment in the Canadian oilpatch, and has spoken in favor of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

7 April 2014

China’s Conquest for Oil

With its high demand for energy, China has become the largest importer of oil as of the end of last year according to the US Energy Information Administration.

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22 November 2013

The Black Gold

Global installations of renewable energy technologies continue to increase. A recent study of the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that despite the continued growth of renewables, oil and gas will continue to dominate the energy future. The IEA published six energy trends that will shape the future of energy industry, all of which involved fossil fuels.

23 September 2013

Pioneering Seismology Establishes New World Record in Deep Sea Drilling

Immediately following the devastating 2011 Japanese magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami, scientists from Japan and around the world came together to study the geophysical mechanisms of the quake and the resulting tsunami.

15 May 2013

Fracking, oil sands reshaping global energy markets

A report released this week highlights how the vast reserves of natural gas unlocked by new fracking technologies have fundamentally altered the energy landscape. The U.S. has upped its natural gas production by almost 50% since 2005, and that has sent a supply shock through global energy markets.