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The Outlook for U.S. Nuclear Power

Jude Clemente February 1, 2017 06:34 PM

The U.S. nuclear power industry faces an uncertain future. While nuclear has held its 18-20% share of U.S. electricity generation, the total number of nuclear reactors/plants has fallen to...

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Natural Gas Production Falls in 2016, Looks to Rebound in 2017

Beau Walker January 30, 2017 06:57 PM

Over the past decade, the “shale revolution” has redefined natural gas production in the United States. The combination of advancements in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling opened up numerous new drilling basins in...

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U.S. Northeast Gas Plays Getting Critical Pipeline Relief

Jude Clemente December 28, 2016 02:21 PM

Even since the price collapse started 2014, natural gas production in the Marcellus has increased nearly 15% to 18.3 Bcf/d, with output in the neighboring Utica up 130% to 4.1 Bcf/d. These two northeast shale plays are almost single handedly reversing the U.S. gas market to flow more north to...

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Electric Imports and the Environment: What the New England Clean Power Link Tells us About Demand

Trevor Sutherland December 16, 2016 09:16 PM

On December 5th the New England Clean Power Link (NECPL) received its Presidential Permit, a required license for any transmission project that links the U.S. power grid to that of another country. The $1.2 billion project, financed by...

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The U.S. Leading a Globalizing Natural Gas Market

Jude Clemente December 12, 2016 03:53 PM

Today, only about 33% of all natural gas used is traded internationally, versus 66% for oil. Gas has typically been sold in three regionalized markets with different contract structures; North America (hub-based), Asia Pacific (oil-indexed), and Europe (hub-based and oil-indexed). But, the sale of LNG is transforming natural gas from...

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