An Enervest rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

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This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]
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Cheap oil jamming rails means higher U.S. power bills

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While the U.S. has the world’s biggest coal reserves, utilities are forecast by the government to end the year with the lowest stockpiles since 2005.
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Study: All-electric cars may not be so green

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The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.
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States looking to increase electric-vehicle charging stations

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Several states are pushing forward tax incentive programs to provide charging stations for the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.
(Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon: North America to be energy exporter by 2020

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The company’s forecast outlined an about 35 percent growth in energy demand across the world through 2040, driven mostly by a growing population and the rise of an energy-hungry middle class in developing countries.
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Report: Energy efficiency could cost U.S. utilities $48 billion

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Two trends in the power sector — the expansion of distributed generation and advances in energy efficiency — could cost U.S. utilities up to $48 billion annually by 2025, according to a new report.
( Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (Getty Images)

Q&A: Siemens boss charged up about oil field electricity

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The CEO of German engineering conglomerate Siemens spokes with FuelFix about Siemens’ recent purchase of Houston-based equipment maker Dresser-Rand, and about the U.S. business landscape.
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Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of the United Kingdom has 88 wind turbines capable of supplying energy to 220,000 homes. (flickr/Statkraft)

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

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The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.