Gas

  • Feb 26, 2015 | Kevin Clark
    In many shale plays, the composition of the "flowback" from fracking sites are a complex combination of water, extraction chemicals, soluble and insoluble gases, oil, as well as proppants (small particulates, typically sand or ceramic).
  • Accusations that the state of California failed to consider clean energy options in replacing power once supplied by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are falling on deaf ears, as utility regulators and the state’s top court rejects appeals from local and national environmental groups.
  • Feb 20, 2015 | Richard Goodwin
    Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent technology developed in the 1980's, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil [Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons] from previously non-productive shale formations about one mile below the surface.
  • Reworking Generation

    Feb 08, 2015 | Daniel Yergin

    The energy world does not stand still. It is remarkable how much has changed in the industry - and in perspectives - from just a decade ago when Energy Biz launched. It is all the more remarkable considering that major investments in electric power can have a 60-year life, or even longer.

  • Jan 27, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Live in a rural area? Enjoy the serene and pristine beauty around you? Clearly, anyone would. Do you start sweating each time that low rumble begins and your house starts to tremor? If you live within a few miles of a fracking site, that shaky ground just might become one of the charms of your cozy, country home.
  • Execs Tout Gas Utilities' Outlook
  • Reworking Generation
  • 11 Interviews You May have Missed in 2014

    10 Interviews You May have Missed in 2014
    Dec 30, 2014 | PJ Davis

    Unique and increasing demands from customers, regulation and technology are forcing utilities to flex in unprecedented ways. The resulting effects of these changes have real impact on the entire energy industry. In 2014, Energy Central mapped the industry's ebb and flow in a number of candid interviews with top utility CEOs and influencers.

  • Dec 23, 2014 | Douglas Canter
    The federal agency that regulates the interstate transportation of natural gas by pipeline from places of production to its local distribution in homes and businesses has proposed a new facility modernization policy.
  • Dec 22, 2014 | Brigham McCown
    Not a single national infrastructure project under consideration today will do more to advance North American energy independence than Keystone XL. If energy independence is in the national interest, than Keystone XL deserves to be approved.
  • The Challenge of Infrastructure Investment

    Dec 07, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The gas industry is investing in upgrading its network and working to find new ways to pay for the upgrades. That is a key focus of executives, says Scott Prochazka, CenterPoint Energy chief executive officer.

  • Oct 28, 2014 | Camilo Patrignani
    When Mexico reformed its energy markets to attract foreign investment, analysts focused bullish outlooks on natural gas and petroleum. And without a doubt, the country will attract billions in new fossil fuel projects.
  • Aug 22, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state.
  • Aug 15, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic. There has never been a middle ground on the technology; people are either for it or against it.
  • Aug 01, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    You're not likely to hear this at the neighborhood bar, and beer and wine makers are aiming to keep it that way. The rise in fracking operations worldwide in recent years has sounded alarms in the beer and wine making industries, as business owners are fearful of what fracking chemicals could do to their water supply. Their concern is centered on what would happen to their companies if toxic chemicals are released into the groundwater. With most energy companies holding their cards close to their vest and not divulging trade secrets, their fear is substantiated.
  • Jul 18, 2014 | Kirk Edelman
    When we talk about solutions for our nation’s energy needs, the conversation is often framed as an either/or choice between generation from renewable sources and from fossil fuels. Based on my experience investing in global energy projects, I believe that we need both. While it’s important to build a system that uses renewables as much as possible to ensure sustainability and environmental responsibility, there are two challenges posed by renewables that are oftentimes overlooked.
  • Jul 11, 2014 | Francisco Szekely
    With evidence of climate change becoming clearer than ever, European countries should think carefully before allowing fracking in their territory. Although hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — offers the benefits of abundant supplies of unconventional oil and gas and lower carbon emissions than other combustibles such as oil and gas, it is not a sustainable solution due to its large environmental costs and its potential contribution to climate change. Moreover, the short-term economic promises fracking it offers are also taking our sense of urgency away from transitioning to more renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Building on a Busy Year

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    Jun 08, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

     

     

    Entergy is sharpening its business strategy to manage risk and grow the business, says Leo Denault, chairman and chief executive officer. He recently talked with EnergyBiz, and his edited comments follow.  

  • Jun 05, 2014 | Randy Burns
    Last fall I wrote an article regarding liquefied natural gas (LNG) and its impact on the U.S. energy picture. Although no new significant developments have transpired since the article was written, LNG continues to dominate news headlines because its potential to impact natural gas prices is profound.
  • Jun 04, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a highly controversial subject. Those in favor of it would argue that its gains, namely cleaner and cheaper energy (as opposed to coal), certainly outweigh the risks. Those opposed would argue that more investments in fossil fuel sources only hurt our environment more and push back advancements in renewable energy technology. While that debate will likely continue, the hope for some middle ground lies with "green fracking."