All Energy Voices

  • New US sanctions on Russia target heart of Putin's energy empire (+video)

    New US sanctions on Russia are the strongest yet against Russia. The point of new Russia sanctions on five major energy firms is to 'shut down' Russia's deepwater, shale, and Arctic exploration, according to one senior US official.

  • Ukraine crisis: Why has Russian gas through Ukraine dropped 20 percent?

    Russian gas to Poland through Ukraine has dropped by at least 20 percent, but it's unclear who's at fault. Russia's state-owned gas giant Gazprom says that gas flows through Ukraine hasn't changed, and if there's a reduction, it's Poland's fault.

  • Scotland independence? Why Big Oil votes 'no.' (+video)

    Oil supermajors BP and Shell are closely watching next week's Scotland independence referendum, hoping voters will choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. The reason? Companies like certainty, and a newly independent Scotland could change how the energy firms have long done business in the region.

  • Ohio Senator: GOP majority would get Obama ‘to the table’ on Keystone XL

    No major energy legislation has passed the Senate since 2007, but that could change if Republicans take control in November's midterm elections. Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio told reporters at a Monitor-hosted breakfast Thursday that a majority GOP Senate would 'get the president to the table' on Keystone XL and other key energy issues.  

  • Driverless cars: Good for the planet?

    Driverless cars are almost certainly a part of our transportation future as companies like Google experiment with autonomous driving. Depending on how you look at it, impact of driverless cars on our energy use could either be incredibly good or incredibly bad, or somewhere in between. 

  • Biofuels: Why this plant could be a game-changer for renewable fuel

    A new biofuel factory in Iowa uses farm waste to produce renewable fuel on a large, commercial scale. Unlike corn-based ethanol, this so-called cellulosic ethanol doesn't push up food prices or use farm space. 

  • With immigration postponed, Congress seizes on Obama’s coal plan (+video)

    Obama's plan to curb coal-fired emissions is in the spotlight now that the president has postponed executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections. Republican lawmakers blasted the proposed EPA rules Tuesday at a hearing on the policy's implications for state regulators.

  • Amid Ukraine crisis, Europe weighs fracking

    As a Ukraine crisis continues, Europe is reconsidering its stance on a controversial drilling technique that has unlocked vast amounts of oil and natural gas in the United States. Europe is concerned about the security of its gas supply from Russia as the Ukraine crisis shows little sign of easing. 

  • EU adopts new Russia sanctions on oil; Russia-China gas alliance; Nevada's clean-energy gold (+video)

    Th EU adopted new Russia sanctions on energy as an uneasy ceasefire continued in Ukraine; Russia and China broke ground last week on a massive gas pipeline that offers an alternative for Russia amid the Ukraine crisis; Nevada struck clean-energy gold by landing the Tesla Motors gigafactory. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge.  

  • PG&E's San Bruno fine: huge, but will it stick?

    Pacific Gas and Electric got hit with a record $1.4 billion fine from the California Public Utilities Commission. But Wall Street thinks the final penalty will be smaller.

  • BP grossly negligent in 2010 oil spill, judge says

    BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a US district judge has ruled. The BP ruling is a critical milestone in a legal case that is looking at the cause of the worst offshore oil spill in US history.

  • US is awash in new oil. So why are gas prices still so high?

    The supply of oil and natural gas is booming in the US, but gas prices and electricity costs remain high. Even as the US posts record production, global demand and bottlenecks in supply have prevented consumers from enjoying price breaks.

  • Fracking in China: Just add water

    China holds enormous potential for shale gas development, but water scarcity stands in the way of any kind of major gas production boom. A new report outlines the high water stress that may prevent China from recovering its shale gas resources.

  • Ukraine crisis: Putin speeds up Russia pivot to Asia (+video)

    As the Ukraine crisis continues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia may let China hold a share in one of its biggest energy projects in Siberia. It's a sign that Putin is looking increasingly to Asia for new energy customers as its relations with Ukraine and Europe deteriorate. 

  • Obama at NATO: Can US energy save Baltic allies? (+video)

    NATO is looking to the US to shore up energy security, particularly as tensions rise with gas-rich Russia over the Ukraine crisis. At this week's NATO Summit, European allies will likely press President Obama for accelerated gas exports and a lift of the US oil export ban as a counter to Russian influence.

  • Arctic drilling: Will oil lure Shell back to icy waters?

    Oil supermajor Shell is considering a return to Arctic drilling, after a series of setbacks nearly ended the company's plans in the Arctic for good. But before Shell can move its rigs into the Arctic, several obstacles remain.

  • Russia-Ukraine gas talks fail, IS and oil, Obama’s global climate plan [Recharge]

    Failed Russia-Ukraine-EU gas talks last week raise the specter of a cold, dark winter in Ukraine; the Islamic State's oil-fueled spread is bolstering similar aspirations among Boko Haram in Nigeria; President Obama looks to sidestep Congress in global climate change efforts. Catch up on the week in global energy with Recharge.  

  • Want to fight climate change? Build more nuclear power.

    Aging plants and competition from cheaper alternatives threaten the future of US nuclear power, the country's largest source of carbon-free electricity. Even with renewable energy, it will be exceedingly difficult to meet US climate change targets if much of American nuclear goes offline, Cunningham writes.

  • Train delayed again? Blame the oil boom.

    With oil production booming in the US, producers are increasingly turning to railways to get crude to refineries. And so much oil is hitting the rails that it's crowding out grain and coal – and even people.

  • Who needs Keystone XL? Oil sands flow to US via loophole.

    As Keystone XL awaits a final decision from the Obama administration, at least one energy firm has found a loophole to ship controversial oil sands across the US border. The Keystone XL workaround could increase the flow of oil sands to the US by an additional 75,000 barrels per day without White House approval.