Energy/Environment Energy Voices

  • US energy is booming. But can it heat your home this winter?

    An energy boom is only as useful as its ability to transport the energy to the homes, businesses, and industries that need it for heating and other purposes. Will pipeline constraints and crowded US rails make for another winter heating season of too much cold, not enough fuel?

  • Crude oil prices continue slide. Who wins? Who loses? (+video)

    Plummeting crude oil prices are good news for US motorists, who are seeing the lowest prices at the pump since 2011. But low crude oil prices could create budget shortfalls in mega-producers like Saudi Arabia and Russia – countries that rely heavily on oil revenue.

  • New biofuels recipe: iron with a pinch of palladium

    Scientists have combined iron and palladium to form a new catalyst for converting biomass into fuels fit for today's gas tanks. It's part of an effort to make biofuels more energy dense, and therefore more competitive with fossil fuels. 

  • Oil prices make the story (+video)

    There are no shortage of theories for why oil prices have suddenly collapsed. Ultimately, Cobb writes, the whole issue of oil prices is too complex and too lacking in transparency to be discussed intelligently when it comes to short-term price movements.

  • Not all power is created equally. So why does it all cost the same?

    We’re due to make a decisive move toward increasingly sophisticated electricity pricing, Bronski writes, including time-of-use pricing that would financially incent customers like me to shift my energy management in ways that can benefit both me and the grid.

October 21, 2014

Photos of the day 10/21

Former football player Mark Batchelor speaks on his mobile phone, bearing a photo of the late Reeva Steenkamp, as he sits in court after Oscar Pistorius' sentencing in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was given a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend, Ms. Steenkamp, last year.

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  • Why Kobane matters; Ukraine braces for cold; Nobel-worthy light [Recharge]

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  • Electric cars have batteries. Why not power plants?

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  • Oil prices keep falling. Why that's bad news for Russia.

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  • CN train derailment: petroleum cars catch fire in Saskatchewan

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  • Nobel Prize for physics: How LEDs change the world (+video)

    The Nobel Prize for physics was awarded Tuesday to the inventors of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The Nobel-winners' creation is already transforming everyday devices in the developed world, and are bringing cheaper, better light to those who don't have it.

  • California drought: Why less water equals less power

    California's prolonged drought is shrinking its water reservoirs, cutting into the state's electricity generation. That’s because California sources a significant portion of its electricity generation from hydropower, so less precipitation means less electricity. 

  • Is wearable tech the next big thing in energy?

    Smartphones and their apps have already been doing great things for users managing their energy, and it looks like smart watches and other wearable technologies could offer added benefits. Wearable tech opens up energy management opportunities at home, at the office, and elsewhere.

  • Ukraine gas talks stall; Oil prices slide; A step toward 'clean coal' [Recharge]

    Gas talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU are at a standstill as Ukraine prepares for winter; Oil prices continue their slide on stable supply and weakening demand; A Canadian utility opens the world's first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage plant. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge. 

  • Can this coal plant stop climate change?

    A Canadian utility opened the doors on the world's first commercial-scale coal plant to capture and store its carbon emissions. If the project and others like it are successful, carbon capture and storage technology could play a major role in fighting climate change.