Energy and Natural Resources


  • GE Marks 25,000th Wind Turbine Installation

    GE says it installed its 25,000th wind turbine installation in early November. The company says it now has more than 38 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind turbines around the world. GE reached the milestone during the installation of a 2.75-103 wind turbine with wind developer Energiekontor.

  • Post-Fukushima Japan Looks to Water to Solve Energy Issues

    The March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident damaged Japan’s energy infrastructure and caused the country to shut down the majority of its nuclear reactors and accelerate investment in renewable energy to close the resultant power gap.

  • EU Agrees 40% Cut in Domestic Greenhouse Emissions by 2030

    The European Union (EU) agreed on Oct. 23 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically in a deal that will see all 28 Member States commit to emission reductions.

  • Nuclear Power Plant Enters Service in China

    Unit 1 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has reached full generating capacity. Meanwhile, first concrete could soon be poured at the plant's fifth unit, the Hualong One reactor, according to the World Nuclear Association.

  • Residential Solar Energy Storage Market to Grow by Factor of 10 from 2014 to 2018

    The global market for grid-connected residential photovoltaic (PV) solar installations coupled with energy storage is predicted to grow tenfold to reach more than 900 megawatts (MW) in 2018, up from just 90 MW in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS Technology.

  • U.S. and China Agree to Carbon Reduction Goals

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. would aim to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

  • Russia Agrees to Build 8 Nuclear Power Plants in Iran

    World Nuclear News reports that Russia has agreed to build up to eight new nuclear power reactor units in Iran, including at the Bushehr site on the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran, and four at another, to-be-determined site. The agreement was signed in Moscow by Sergey Kirienko, Rosatom director

  • Researchers Invent Nanoscale Battery Structure

    Researchers at the University of Maryland have invented a tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.

  • Sunoco Logistics to Invest $2.5 billion in NGL Pipeline

    Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced a successful open season for Sunoco Pipeline L.P.’s Mariner East 2 project, the second phase of the company’s plan to provide pipeline transportation from the Marcellus and Utica shales.

  • Material Aims to Be "Black Hole" for Sunlight in Power Projects

    An engineering team at the University of California, San Diego has developed a new nanoparticle-based solar power material that eclipses previous designs.

  • Flow Batteries Charge Toward Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    The next-generation electrical grid will use advanced software, monitoring and renewable power sources to make the North American electrical supply more robust. But for maximum flexibility during peak demand, the grid also must be able to store power and supply it on demand.

  • Solar Industry Outlook

  • Oil and Gas Company Margins Are Squeezed, Profitability Weakens, IHS Says

    Despite a record year of capital investment totaling more than $720 billion in 2013, which represented an 18% increase above 2012 investments, companies operating in the global upstream energy industry saw their margins squeezed even tighter than in 2012, as costs continued to escalate rapidly.

  • Compressed Air Energy Storage May Get a New Breath of Life

    It’s been a long dry spell for compressed-air energy storage (CAES). More than 20 years have passed since the last ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new CAES plant. But a combination of new technology, government mandate and technology innovation could breathe life into the becalmed CAES market.

  • Mexican Hydrocarbon Reform Likely to Attract Petrochemical Investment

    The recent historic changes made to Mexico’s hydrocarbon laws is opening doors for private oil and gas investment in the country, which is expected to secure more competitive feedstocks necessary for expanded petrochemicals production in Mexico.

  • How North America is impacting the global LNG market

  • Boom in Hydropower Could Endanger Freshwater Biodiversity

    A boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce the number of large free-flowing rivers by about 20%.

  • Boeing, COMAC Open Plant to Transform Cooking Oil into Aviation Biofuel

    Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel.

  • A Midstream Infrastructure Boom

    Investment to infrastructure that transports crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGL’s) accelerate in response to growth in domestic production with a structural shift from import to export oriented infrastructure.

  • Distributed Solar PV System Prices Continue to Fall, Energy Labs Say

    Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12–19% nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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