Scottish Vote on Secession a Key Energy Vote

The vote next week on Scottish independence from the UK has had financial markets roiling given Britain’s current status as an economic, diplomatic and military power, a leading NATO and EU country, and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. But, independence would also certainly impact energy because the North Sea still produces […]

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Creative Use Of Stealth Technology On Turbines Addresses Radar Interference

One of the major concerns for the wind industry has been the radar signature of their wind turbines which has the potential to confuse the signals of other objects. This has been a particular concern when those proposed wind farms were close to military bases. Because of the concern, many wind farms were cancelled or […]

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New Investment in Transmission is Good News

A new analysis out by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports a five-fold increase in new electricity transmission investment in the United States by major investors and privately owned companies from 1997 to 2012. This is very good news because in the three decades before, that investment declined. While he data reflects investor and privately […]

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New IRS Guidance Eases Concerns of Wind

Good news for the wind industry came last week when the IRS finally issued new guidance on qualifying for the production tax credit’s “physical work” test indicating that the agency will evaluate projects with an eye toward the nature of work developers completed before the end of 2013, rather than the amount of work or […]

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Iran Joins US Producers In Avoiding Oil Import Limits

Taking a lesson from U.S. producers, Iran has increased the amount of “oil” it exports by selling natural gas condensate, a natural gas byproduct. also know as ultralight oil, that is not subject to international sanctions. U.S. producers are prohibited from exporting American oil, but are allowed to export “refined product”. U.S. producers earlier this […]

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Hurry Up and Wait–Until After the Election

For those of you who look at the calendar and think Congress still has plenty of time to get important work done, you are probably sadly mistaken. Don’t expect much if anything out of Congress except must pass bills before the November elections. There are less than 60 calendar days until the September 19 (moved […]

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To Frack or Not To Frack in Colorado

Interestingly enough, the most interesting oil and gas debate may not be going on in here in the nation’s capital, but in the Centennial State of Colorado. After months of wrangling, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper pulled the plug on a special legislative session seeking to grant communities more control over Colorado’s booming oil and gas industry. […]

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