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Natural gas glut in Appalachia keeps pushing prices downward
Lower gas prices and a production glut in Appalachia aren't deterring the biggest drillers in the Marcellus shale.
Companies continue to report surging production in their quarterly statements, and several are forecasting growth into next year.
Production is growing because drillers are finding more efficient ways to extract gas from shale formations.
The fight over solar moves from net metering to rate design
Fights over electricity rates are brewing all across the country. Utilities say new rate proposals will protect customers who haven't moved to solar and energy efficiency. But those who have moved say the proposals only protect utilities. "There are two categories of rate restructuring and rate design changes bubbling up," explained Environmental Law & Policy Center Sr. Attorney Brad Klein.
The wind farm of the future might be underwater
Off the coast of Scotland, in the choppy sound between Caithness and the Orkney Islands, you can find some of the fastest-flowing marine waters in the world. The tides of the Pentland Firth can churn at rates of up to 18 miles per hour. Rough waters also mean energetic waters; the Pentland Firth, some believe, may help to generate enough energy to power a third of Scotland.
There's a silver lining for the oil industry in lower crude prices
Houston Chronicle via San Antonio Express-News
The quickest way to ruin a barbecue chicken is to let the fire get too hot. The same is true in business, and until a few weeks ago, nothing had been hotter than oil this year.
High crude oil prices certainly have fueled innovation and economic growth over the last four years. But allow me for a moment to sing the praises of the 25 percent pullback that has dropped prices to two-year lows.
Houston Chapter Member Reception
November 19, 2014, the Houston Chapter will hold a networking reception at The Tasting Room in the Bordeaux Room at the Uptown Park, 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to meet one another, make professional connections with other energy practitioners and expand their personal networks. Come see what the Houston Chapter has to offer!
Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Where Does this "Green" Technology Fit in the New Electric Generation Sector?
On November 19, 2014 the EBA International Energy Law & Transactions Committee is planning to hold a panel discussion. Panelists will examine what is CCS; what is its relationship to climate change concerns; what is the state of the technology today and what are the key R&D or commercial-scale demonstration projects in the US and around the world; whether it can serve in Europe to help ease the dependency on Russian natural gas; what are the regulatory structures CCS projects must work within today; what are the challenges CCS is facing; how does enhanced oil recovery contribute to the viability of CCS projects; and how the approaching EPA regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in electric generation are proposing to treat CCS.
To register visit: http://eba-net.org/carbon-capture-and-sequestration-where-does-green-technology-fit-new-electric-generation-sector.
DOE 101: What DOE is doing and why it matters with General Counsel
On November 20, 2014 the EBA Demand Side Resources and Smart Grid Committee is planning a discussion with Steve Croley, the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Croley is going to discuss DOE's current initiatives and why they are important to industry, to consumers, and to the country. To register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/doe-101-what-doe-doing-and-why-it-matters-general-counsel-steve-croley
The Future of Solar Program
The EBA Renewable Energy Committee will hold an educational program on December 2, 2014 to discuss the future of solar industry past the 2016 horizon. Additional details to follow.
November 19 — Houston Chapter Member Reception
November 19 — Carbon Capture and Sequestration Session: Where Does this "Green" Technology Fit in the New Electric Generation Sector?
November 20 — DOE 101: What DOE is doing and why it matters with General Counsel Steve Croley
December 2 — The Future of Solar Program
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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