Energy

As pipelines proliferate, Pennsylvania sees next phase of gas boom

The surge in drilling has meant trillions of cubic feet of natural gas are being pumped out of Pennsylvania every year. And now billions of dollars are flooding into the state for new pipeline projects to move that gas to market. It’s the next phase of the fracking boom: energy companies are building their own sort of interstate highway system—a network of pipelines.

Keystone XL oil pipeline up first in GOP Senate

Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the first order of business in the next Congress will be to approve a controversial oil pipeline. "We'll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support," McConnell told reporters, "First item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline."

The Five-Year-Long Siege of the U.S. Solar Industry

A Chinese publication depicts  former Vice-Minister of Commerce Long Yongtu saying Chinese solar firms descended on the overseas market like a “swarm of wasps.” Testimonies from the U.S. International Trade Commission describe how a deluge of cheap Chinese solar modules wreaked havoc on US Industry. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden describes it as a five-year-long siege of the American solar industry.

Innovating A New Innovation Model

The leaders of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) shrewdly recognized that to harness the contributions of such a large and diverse group, they would need to invent an entirely new model for the interactions among the participants. In designing their organization they had a particular emphasis on ensuring that traditional impediments to commercialization were removed.

New U.S. spending deal a mixed bag for science

NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) appear to be among the winners—relatively speaking—in a spending deal reached Tuesday night by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with both agencies receiving modest funding boosts. But research budgets at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Energy would remain flat.

Industry filling shortage of highly skilled engineers

One of the main reasons for hiring challenges is all major oil and gas operators and service companies are competing for the same talent. In addition, companies have implemented strong retention packages for the majority of their engineering professionals.

An Oil Boom Is a Power Boon

The U.S. oil revolution could lead to a titanic shift in national security policy. OPEC met on Nov. 27, and openly recognized that the United States' oil technological revolution – driven by enhanced oil recovery methods including hydraulic fracturing (known as fracking) and horizontal drilling – has undermined the cartel's economic and political power.

House passes bill to mitigate threat of EMP attacks

Passed by voice vote, H.R. 3410 would direct the agency to conduct a public education campaign about the threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) events and authorize research into its prevention and mitigation.

Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together.

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don't rule it out

President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions.

Remarkable new prototype battery developed by researchers from the University of Maryland

In a breakthrough in the design of batteries, a research funded by the US Department of Energy has produced a remarkable new prototype battery that just needs 12 minutes to get fully recharged compared to the hours the conventional cells take up to get replenished.

U.S. Senate votes against Keystone XL Pipeline

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night aimed at forcing completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue swiftly after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

US Buying What Will Be World's Fastest Supercomputers

The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen IBM, Nvidia and Mellanox to help it build supercomputers that are many times faster than the most advanced computing systems available today. The $325 million project aims to develop two ultra-fast computers that DOE labs will use for national security, defense and scientific research.

House votes in favor of Keystone oil pipeline

Congress inched closer to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.

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