Solar farms pack more than panels

The naming convention for solar installation locations, called ‘solar farms’, may be a more apt label than originally intended. University researchers from the United States, Germany, and other countries abroad are exploring the addition of agriculture to solar farm sites, and to overwhelmingly positive results so far. Jordan Macknick, energy-water-land lead analyst with the National […]

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Mind on my Money, Money on my Mind

It is truly a time for celebration. The U.S. now handily leads the world in extraction of oil and gas resources. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) believes the lead we’ve established will only grow larger in the coming years as the US seeks to export these energy resources in exchange for a capitalist’s wet […]

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Steel tariffs hamper energy dominance

Despite outcry from international allies and members of his own cabinet, Trump enacted a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum last month. The president explained that these tariffs would encourage American independence by forcing local businesses to rely on American made steel. But while the tariffs were enacted with […]

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Policy and Protest

Protesting is a noble effort, but at what point do protest demonstrators cross the proverbial line? Last month a group of 200 New Zealand protesters stood blocking the entrance of a building where an annual oil and gas conference was scheduled. The protesters prevented attendees from entering the premises until the police were forced to […]

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A Difference of Perspective: Geisha Williams

From humble beginnings to head of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Geisha Williams serves as a prime example of the power a steady work ethic can provide. In an industry where women represent a fraction of the workforce, Geisha has achieved the position of CEO at one of the largest energy suppliers in the […]

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Trumping the precedent

Although President Donald Trump set a precedent of indifference to any climate change threat at the Paris Climate Change Summit earlier this year, cities across the United States have begun pledging for 100% renewable energy anyways. Even the entire state of Hawaii has planned to reach for 100% renewables, and with the most aggressive deadline […]

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Renewable Fuel Standards 2017 and the future of energy

On May 18th, 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency proposed their suggested renewable fuel standards for 2017. This proposal included historic increases in the level of renewable fuels the United States produces and, as expected, was met with much opposition from automakers, oil and gas enthusiasts, and other petroleum related businesses. Despite long term goals set […]

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OPEC production cuts: help or harm

OPEC continues to make headlines with their production cut plans possibly being extended past the original March 2018 deadline. However, the topic of whether these cuts will benefit or harm the long-standing oil capital of the world is absent from discussion. Back in January, the initial decision to cut supply was the driving force behind […]

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Methane regulation hotly contested

Last year Obama finalized new regulations on methane capture that would require oil and gas producers to better manage the expulsion of environmentally harmful methane gases from their extraction processes. However, before the rule could come into effect the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) postponed it’s implementation until 2019, giving the BLM more […]

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World politics and the energy industry

Politics across the globe affect businesses and industries of all shapes and sizes, but the energy industry in particular is closely tied to issues happening around the world. Policy changes and lawmakers are capable of drastically changing the landscape of the energy industry in one fell swoop. Furthermore, nations including Russia and China have used […]

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