Ever since I can remember, a rough but useful rule of thumb to describe the sources of U.S. electricity generation is that 50% comes from coal-fired plants, 20% comes from … Continue Reading A Sea Change in U.S. Generation
We screened Scott Tinker’s documentary Switch last night during the Energy Institute’s annual week of Energy Camp. For the novice, the film provides an educational and entertaining tour of the energy frontier. … Continue Reading Switch Energy Project
In Tokyo, where I traveled recently, protestors thronged the sidewalks outside the Prime Minister’s office as he agonized over re-opening two of the country’s 54 nuclear power reactors—they’d been shuttered … Continue Reading Nuclear Safety
Catherine and I have an essay in today’s Wall Street Journal on innovations in business models and practices in the energy industry. The essay is part of a WSJ Special Report on Innovations in … Continue Reading A Whole Different Kind of Innovation
Alberta’s tar sands—or, as pitchmen prefer to call them, oil sands—are to transportation as cow dung is to cooking: a dirty way to reach a goal. Cleaner alternatives, like LPG … Continue Reading Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax It.
Hydraulic fracturing and other recent technological advances have dramatically increased the availability of natural gas, providing large benefits to the U.S. economy. At the same time, however, these new forms of … Continue Reading Bonding Requirements for Natural Gas Producers
Catherine has a thought-provoking article in Bloomberg Business Class today on how small adjustments to our energy infrastructure can have an immediate, large-scale impact on the battle to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. EMB