• Aug 31, 2015 | Michael Schwartz
    Everyone is talking about Big Data these days: how to capture it; how to manage it; how to store it; and how to use it. Businesses that deal in physical commodities, such as oil and gas, are no exception. But what is interesting about managing commodities is that it has always been a big data business - long before the term became fashionable.
  • The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.
  • U.S. proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half
    Aug 18, 2015 | Associated Press

    The Obama administration has proposed cutting methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade, part of on ongoing push by President Barack Obama to curb climate change.

  • A winner in Obama's Clean Power Plan?
    Aug 09, 2015 | Allen Greenberg

    President Obama's Clean Power Plan contains elements that are seen as encouraging the development of nuclear energy in the U.S. But it'll take a lot more to persuade utilities to invest in nuclear power. 

  • Alliant to spend $620 million to close, clean up coal fired plants

    Alliant Energy Corp.'s transition toward burning less coal was cemented this week when it settled litigation by the Environmental Protection Agency and committed to shutter or clean up its coal-fired power plants in Iowa at a cost of more than $620 million.

  • Jul 15, 2015 | Peter Key

    The use of natural gas for power generation hit a milestone recently and is expected to continue growing, although it's not likely to permanently supplant coal for many years.

  • May 26, 2015 | Stephen Heins
    On April 8th, 2015, the Wall Street Journal headline read "Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban."
  • the "Never Mind" Saga
  • Managing Risks to Reap Rewards

    Biogas Production: Managing Risks to Reap Rewards
    Apr 02, 2015 | Aaron Kalisher

    With interest in clean, renewable energy on the rise, the biogas market is poised for a period of strong growth in the coming years. According to a 2012 Pike Research report, global revenue is projected to double from $17.2 billion in 2011 to $33.1 billion by 2022. But as new production comes on line, owners and operators should take into consideration not just the opportunity, but the risks as well.

  • Mar 11, 2015 | Harry Valentine
    The nation of South Africa has long been the leading economic power of Sub-Saharan Africa. At the present day, the nation generates some 90% of its electric power from coal, including a recently built new generation clean coal power station rated at over 4,000MW of output. Some of South Africa's thermal power stations operate courtesy of advanced air-cooled condenser technology that originated in the research of Engineering Professor Kroger at Stellenbosch University, located near Cape Town. The quest to secure future electric power has led South African officials to engage in discussions with energy officials in both Congo and Ethiopia.
  • Four Years Since Fukushima

    Four Years Since Fukushima
    Mar 10, 2015 | PJ Davis

    The sad events of March 11, 2011 have indelibly marked our hearts and our planet. While the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were unprecedented, for many, nuclear fuel is still felt to be the cleanest, most efficient source of electric power.

  • 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).
  • 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