Continued uncertainty in the future direction of climate frameworks, political instability of the Middle East and North Africa region, energy price volatility, and the global economic recession are what energy leaders consider as the top "insomnia" issues driving the world energy agenda this year, according to the 2013 World Energy Issues Monitor.
Following the successful completion of the first phase, the Energy Department has announced the beginning of Phase II of project development with a new cooperative agreement between the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and the Department of Energy for an innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Illinois.
Southern Company – through subsidiary Southern Generation Technologies, LLC – and KBR, LLC, of Houston, Texas, have formed an alliance to market 21st century coal technology, Transport Integrated Gasification, to power companies worldwide.
At the annual shareholder meeting of Chesapeake Energy Friday, National Center for Public Policy Research President David Ridenour plans to question CEO Aubrey McClendon over the company's $26 million contribution to the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign.
In a study commissioned by the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO), economists at The Brattle Group evaluated the feasibility of the large number of simultaneous environmental retrofits and new generation that may be needed for coal plants to comply with the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule.
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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