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Some Insurance Companies Invested Too Heavily in Fossil Fuels, says Ceres

Ken Silverstein

Some insurance companies may be investing to heavily in the fossil fuel sector. That’s according to Ceres, which looked closely at the oil and gas holdings of the top 40 US insurance groups and that collectively hold $459 billion in assets.


US Military Taking No Risks by Going Green, Saving Lives and Energy

Ken Silverstein

The US Department of Defense is still known for its bravery but it’s now also known for its use of green energy, battery storage and microgrids — that is saving the lives of soldiers in the battle field while also producing cleaner energy.


TVA is Ditching Big Nuclear Units but May Build Smaller Modular Reactors

Ken Silverstein

The TVA is applying to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build small modular nuclear reactors in its territory.


Shell Quietly Starts Renewable Division

Carl Weinschenk

Shell, which is the largest oil company in Europe, has established a division to invest in renewable and low-carbon power, according to The Guardian. The New Energies division, the story said, will consolidate the company’s hydrogen, biofuel and electric initiatives. It also will be the base upon which a move into wind power will be   …Continue Reading


After Denying it, Federal Energy Regulators Will Rehear LNG Pipeline Case in Oregon

Ken Silverstein

Federal regulators are delaying a decision on whether to allow a 232-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline in Oregon. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants more time and has not given itself a deadline on whether to approve the application submitted Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove.


Natural Gas Pipeline Congestion is Squeezing Energy Managers

Ken Silverstein

If natural gas pipelines are not built in the Northeast, developers say that the region cannot meet the expected demand for the fuel and that prices will skyrocket — just as they did during the 2013 winter freeze out.


Utility Data Aggregation: How to Take the Best Approach

Jennifer Hermes

Energy services and software providers tend to perform a variety of strategic activities, including performing building audits, evaluating peak demand, implementing energy efficiency products for customers, qualifying customers’ risks in deregulated energy markets, creating detailed energy reports, etc. All of these activities have one, rather cumbersome thing in common: they require the aggregation of utility data, and manual approaches are inefficient and   …Continue Reading


Price of Carbon Credits Rises In Europe, Which is a Good Thing

Ken Silverstein

Whatever your thoughts are on trading carbon credits to reduce the levels of heat-trapping emissions, European leaders think they are making progress. Long criticized as being ineffective because the price of credits was too cheap and the cost of exceeding compliance rates was too low, the program is now evolving. Carbon prices have risen nearly   …Continue Reading


Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

Ken Silverstein

When it comes to complying with the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. has some interesting thoughts: co-firing natural gas with coal. “Co-firing has several benefits,” says Todd Meyers, FirstEnergy spokesperson. “It provides fuel diversity and ensures our Mon Power coal units can continue to produce low-cost electricity while supporting both the abundant low-cost natural gas   …Continue Reading


Air Quality is Iffy and Could Get Iffier, says American Lung Association

Ken Silverstein

The quality of air that most Americans breathe is better than it used but that it still iffy. That’s according to the American Lung Association, which says that 166 million of us live in places where ozone levels or particle pollution is not good. The Guardian reports that soot and smoke from wildfires out west   …Continue Reading


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