The polar vortex gripping the nation is as unpleasant for utilities and grid operators as it is for you. What does the polar vortex mean for your next utility bill?
The polar vortex that has swept much of the US in the past days is creating a headache for utilities struggling to keep up with increased demand and spiking prices. The impact of the polar vortex is particularly harsh on New England, where natural gas pipeline infrastructure is lacking.
Subsidies for wind energy end at midnight Dec. 31, but Democrats are pushing for renewal of wind's production tax credit for 2014. Opponents say the subsidies are costly and inefficient.
It’s not hard to imagine China’s planners viewing synthetic natural gas as a promising avenue for addressing severe local air pollution, Styles writes, but the increase in carbon dioxide emissions from converting coal to synthetic natural gas could be substantial.
The US Department of Energy has awarded up to $226 million to support the development of small modular nuclear reactors. Small nuclear reactors can be constructed in factories and shipped to site, cutting costs and avoiding construction delays, but their benefits remain unproven.
Trouble for coal is playing out across the country, Cunningham writes, but the results will be particularly important in the Midwest, which will be ground zero for the fight over the changing electricity mix in the coming years.
Nuclear energy creates onsite jobs and brings millions of dollars into local communities each year, Tuller writes. AREVA TN, a subsidiary of nuclear energy company AREVA North America, has a philosophy of buying and sourcing locally whenever possible.
Large companies may be willing to pay for their emissions. Major companies including Walmart, American Electric Power and the five major oil companies have all incorporated carbon emission costs into their financial plans, according to a report by environmental data company CDP.