Commentary

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    Dec 30, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    A study conducted by - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - the survey evaluated the use of energy from 25 indicators, divided into four key areas: Industry, Transportation, Building and National Efforts to promote Energy Efficiency. According to the study, a country that uses less energy to achieve the same result, or even overcome, reduces costs and pollute less, creating a more competitive economy.
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    Dec 27, 2013 | John Schulze
    Over the last few years, the energy-related clashes that have occurred in many states have been generally muted in Florida. This is partly due to the work of the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), which has attempted to emphasize consensus and certainty in its rate making decisions. For example, two of the state's largest utilities continue to operate under rate settlement agreements intended to prevent rate increases until January 2017. The one exception to the calm has been nuclear power, which recently has become a contentious topic of new laws and lawsuits in Florida.
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    Dec 24, 2013 | Paul Batistelli
    The United States is facing some serious issues with its electricity grid. The infrastructure was established more than a century ago, before the Internet or cellphones or a lot of renewable energy generation. It simply wasn't equipped to handle today's electricity load.
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    Dec 16, 2013 | Claudio Capozzi
    The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region is mainly comprised of ex-Soviet states, some of which have joined the European Union. As most of these countries have adopted western-style free-market economies, Eastern European commodities markets have seen significant development and are increasingly of interest to commodity traders.
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    Dec 12, 2013 | Chris Dubay
    Last winter, New England experienced the highest average natural gas and electricity prices in the country. On any given day, New England natural gas markets have the highest and most volatile spot prices in North America. When temperatures plummet during the peak of winter, weather demand increases at such a rapid rate that major gas pipelines across the region become constrained.
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    Dec 09, 2013 | Corey Benson
    Competitive forces can produce unexpected outcomes, particularly in industries that have undergone restructuring from vertically integrated monopolies to open competition. The electricity supply industry presents a fascinating case study of the seemingly counter-intuitive strategies businesses can deploy to succeed in competitive markets.
  • Dec 05, 2013 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    Normally I wouldn't bother to broach this subject again, because for the last decade or so, economic and political misunderstandings, lies and delusions are everywhere and inescapable, and so a sensible contribution might not be appreciated.
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    Dec 04, 2013 | Rick Barnett
    Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has grown since its 2008 start as a solar financing tool, to include energy efficiency projects.  PACE allows local government to administer efficiency loans using private capital and the jurisdiction's property tax system.  Local taxing agencies assume new responsibilities, in between private lenders and private property owners.
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    Dec 03, 2013 | Kevin Monte de Ramos
    No longer are utilities vertical-integrated from source to home. Reliable energy is assured by SMART grid investments; providing many of us the comfort of a heightened standard of living, raising productivity levels by subsidizing energy efficient end-uses, and making obtainable the luxuries of our aspirational society.
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    Dec 02, 2013 | Davis Swan
    It was in May of 1961 that President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would do the things required to land a man on the moon before the decade was out "not because they are easy but because they are hard". Twenty months later a contract to design and build a Lunar Excursion Module was awarded to Grumman and all of the LEMs were delivered by the end of 1966, more than two years before the first lunar landing.