California’s energy policies are often heralded as some of the most progressive in the world. In spite of many of it’s successes in the clean energy field, the state still has to improve significantly on handling the consequences of some of it’s old and new energy policies.
Put simply, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should have minimal impact on U.S. natural gas exports. To understand why, we must evaluate what the TPP constitutes, how it effects the U.S. regulatory process for natural gas exports, and market changes that are driving the U.S. towards becoming a net exporter of natural gas.
For the first time in history, renewable energy installations are outpacing new installations of fossil fuel based energy systems, even when accounting for the combined capacity of coal, oil and natural gas. Even though solar energy currently makes up less than 1% of the world’s global energy supply, the tides are changing in the favor of renewable energy technology.
On October 24th BERC members and students went on a study tour at Calpine’s Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, California. Opened in June 2002, the combined cycle natural gas power plant owns three natural gas combustion turbines, three heat recovery generators and one steam generator with a total capacity of 835 megawatts.
Three new technologies have surfaced that may revolutionize the car of the future into a lighter, faster, and more sustainable model: natural gas, fuel cells, and carbon fiber.
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.
Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Muller and ask him a set of questions related to the transport sector and U.S. energy security. While his book is entitled “Energy for Future Presidents”, I also asked him to ponder “energy for current presidents” as well.
China has been making significant efforts to incorporate natural gas into its domestic energy portfolio. However, geography, inexperience, the need for capital and the lack of legal framework pose has hurdles that prevent China from mirroring the US natural gas boom.