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Shell’s First-Quarter Profit Fell 89%, Reflecting Low Oil and Gas Prices

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - 6 hours 56 min ago
The largest oil company in Europe reported profit of $484 million, compared with $4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2015.
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Dot Earth Blog: Scientists Build a Hype Detector for Online Climate News and Commentary

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - May 3, 2016 - 13:09
Through Climate Feedback, climate scientists are trying to build a layer of veracity over online news and commentary — but readers have to want the truth.
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California Companies Form Partnership for Solar+Storage

renewableenergyworld - May 3, 2016 - 10:07
Verengo Solar and Swell Energy jointly announced today a partnership that creates a one-stop home energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market. Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo will leverage its leadership position and expertise in the residential solar power installation market and become a preferred installer of Swell Energy's home solar battery products.
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Behind-the-Meter Technologies: Giving Solar Power System Owners Control of Their Energy

renewableenergyworld - May 3, 2016 - 05:26

In many markets, solar PV is already at grid parity. So why aren’t we seeing greater adoption? What is holding the PV industry at bay?

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Colorado Court Strikes Down Local Bans on Fracking

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - May 2, 2016 - 17:59
The ruling gave oil and gas companies a victory in a lengthy battle over energy production in the environmentally conscious state.
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Researchers Aim to Put Carbon Dioxide Back to Work

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - May 2, 2016 - 12:38
Scientists are working on ways to recycle and reuse carbon dioxide, rather than storing it underground, to fight climate change.
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The Future of Cars Could Be Solar

renewableenergyworld - May 2, 2016 - 08:28

With the prices of solar and electric vehicle (EV) batteries predicted to continue falling even as the cost of fossil fuels rises, many industry experts — including Tony Seba, author of “Solar Trillions” — are forecasting the inevitable rise of solar power in consumer and industrial markets. But those projected developments aren’t just in the residential energy sphere. The dropping costs, coupled with advancements in efficiency, may very well lead to a stronger likelihood of marketable solar-powered cars being developed in the near future.

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Halliburton and Baker Hughes Call Off $35 Billion Merger

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - May 2, 2016 - 02:44
The companies cited difficulties in obtaining approval from regulators as well as sharply lower energy prices.
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The Science of Fat: After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - May 1, 2016 - 23:45
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but a study of them helps explain why they could not keep all of that weight off.
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Selling Bottled Water That’s Better for the Planet

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - April 30, 2016 - 08:00
Companies like Just Water are addressing customers’ demand for convenience while working to make their bottles more environmentally friendly.
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A Crusader in the Coal Mine, Taking On President Obama

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - April 30, 2016 - 03:00
The energy tycoon Robert Murray has fought the president all the way to the Supreme Court with a message: To keep America strong, keep mining coal.
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Exxon and Chevron Earnings Hurt by Low Oil Prices

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - April 29, 2016 - 09:30
Exxon Mobil on Friday posted its smallest profit for any quarter since 1999, while Chevron reported a large first-quarter loss of $725 million.
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Solar Business Models for Growth: The Private Sector Needs to Lead on India’s Rural Electrification Deficit

renewableenergyworld - April 29, 2016 - 03:54

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is home to the country’s largest population of un-electrified villages. According to data collected by the Council on Clean Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), more than seventy percent of Uttar Pradesh’s two hundred and twenty million residents still depend on kerosene lamps and diesel generators for lighting and electricity.

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Driving the Energy System of the Future: Project Roster for 2016 eLab Accelerator

renewableenergyworld - April 27, 2016 - 09:26

RMI is pleased to announce the invited projects for the third-annual Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab) Accelerator, a four-day working meeting that brings together teams from across North America working on high impact and innovative projects at the electricity system’s distribution edge.

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Utility Veterans Urge Industry Away from 'Dumb' Power Grid Tech

renewableenergyworld - April 27, 2016 - 09:01

For many of those in Charlotte this week, the climate appears just right for those intrigued by large-scale battery technology.

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Wait, What’s That Noise? Cicadas, the New Batch, to Sound Siren Song in 5 States

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - April 27, 2016 - 08:53
Everything you need to know about the insects set to ascend from the ground after 17 years and seek mates with singing that sounds like a tiny maraca.
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Fortum Set to Test 2 MW-1 MWh Energy Storage Project in Finland

renewableenergyworld - April 27, 2016 - 07:28
FORTUM CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 22 April 2016 Fortum is launching the Nordic countries' biggest electricity storage pilot project incorporating Saft's megawatt-scale Li-ion (lithium-ion) battery energy storage technology. The objective is to research the suitability of batteries used for storing electricity to maintain a power balance in the electricity system.
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Exxon Mobil’s Sterling Credit Is Downgraded by Standard & Poor’s

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - April 26, 2016 - 14:48
The oil producer lost its AAA rating, leaving only two American companies with the highest rating: Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson.
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Vermont Utility Opens Collaborative Space for Energy Businesses, Seeks Applicants

renewableenergyworld - April 26, 2016 - 09:47

Green Mountain Power has launched a contest to find energy companies and entrepreneurs to colocate at the utility’s headquarters in Colchester, Vt., and work to develop innovative energy products for consumers.

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US Federal Regulators to Examine Barriers to Energy Storage Participation in Markets

renewableenergyworld - April 26, 2016 - 06:42

Staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week said the agency intends to examine whether barriers exist to the participation of energy storage in the capacity, energy and ancillary service markets, and whether those barriers could lead to unjust and unreasonable energy rates.

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