Balanced Energy

U.S. energy policy discussion with David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance
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U.S. Production > OPEC Influence

The U.S. energy revolution has dramatically impacted the extent to which the OPEC oil cartel can influence the global oil marketplace, fundamentally shifting the geopolitics of energy. Truly, from a U.S. perspective, this is one of the greatest stories of the 21st century. Massive amounts of domestic oil and natural gas production, coupled with increasing […]  More »
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How the Energy Revolution is Supporting Texas-Sized Economic Growth

America is in the midst of an energy boom. We all know this. We also know the positive impact it has had on our nation’s balance sheet. The U.S. is now set to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude production, and it has already passed the former as the world’s largest producer of natural […]  More »
Houston area students learn about energy and STEM topics at Energy Day 2013.

Energy Day Festival Links Future Generations with Future Prosperity

The U.S. Dept. of Labor announced in October that the number of job openings in the U.S. has reached 4.8 million, the highest since January 2001. In addition, a recent report by Manpower, a worldwide staffing company, predicted that the number of jobs in the energy sector, unquestionably one of the nation’s fastest growing industries, […]  More »
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Candidates who engage voters on energy issues will win in November

Polling conducted for Consumer Energy Alliance this spring in key U.S. Senate races found that energy issues, including the Keystone XL Pipeline, are very important in terms of how someone will vote. Support in the nine states ranged from 67% of voters in Kentucky to 84% in Colorado, with the other seven states seeing support […]  More »
Two men work on an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

U.S. Senators should go nuclear on an energy bill

What would happen if the same rules and procedures which streamline the approval of judicial nominees were applied to a debate on U.S. energy policy? The Keystone XL Pipeline would have congressional approval, overreaching EPA regulations would be kept in check, and the country would be benefiting from energy policy that works with, not against, […]  More »
A rig works in the Marcellus Shale. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Activist Threaten the Nation’s Energy Boom

If industry or government estimates are close to accurate, a potential decline in shale energy supply is multiple decades down the road. The immediate threat is from anti-development activists pursuing litigation in a attempt to stop any production, anywhere at any time under any circumstances. For state government budget writers, shale energy provides tremendous opportunity […]  More »
Part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is under construction in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Expanded Nuclear Energy Needs to be Part of the Equation

Nuclear energy provides a stable, low-cost and carbon-free source of baseload capacity, which will be necessary to ensure the reliability of our national grid if and when additional coal-fired power plants close in response to new EPA regulations. Now, more than ever, Consumer Energy Alliance believes President Obama should support the sound expansion of nuclear […]  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The War on Energy is Underway

Consumer Energy Alliance’s mission is to promote U.S. energy production.  With our membership, CEA supports public policies that ensure consumers can access affordable energy and that the energy is developed safely and responsibly. We advocate for opening areas off U.S. shores in the Atlantic, the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico to energy development. […]  More »
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Any Threat to the Electricity Grid Is a Tier One Problem

There are threats to the U.S. electricity grid which can be prevented, threats that can be mitigated, and there are threats that can be avoided altogether. Let’s walk through each scenario. We know how important it is to aggressively address vulnerabilities. The August 2003 blackout was the worst in recent U.S. history leaving an estimated […]  More »

Energy is the Key to Solving Income Inequality

When exploring solutions to income inequality policy makers pay close attention to the costs. The cost of healthcare. The cost of food. The cost of child care. The cost of housing. What about the cost of energy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the average U.S. family spent over $4,600 or about […]  More »
A crewman directs a pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Commentary: A tale of two pipelines — It’s time for common sense to prevail

Even as Keystone XL’s southern leg launches today, delay pervades the remainder of the Keystone XL pipeline. Why more than five years after the initial filing are we still waiting for a final decision from the Obama Administration?  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Consumers, Environment Benefit from Efficient Infrastructure

Our nation’s infrastructure is no longer able to efficiently deliver energy to our nation’s consumers. Bottlenecks and aging systems result in efficiency losses, driving up the ultimate cost to the consumer. Identifying the root of the problem isn’t hard. We know excess oil in North Dakota or wind power in Iowa does not have sufficient […]  More »
Direct Energy's Frontera natural gas power plant in South Texas has a capacity of 494 megawatts. (Photo: Direct Energy)

Top 5 Ways Energy Production Benefited Consumers in 2013

Its been a busy year for U.S. energy production with consumer prices on the decline due to increasing domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Here are the Top 5 energy related news stories that benefit consumers in 2013.  More »
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

In the Arctic, Let American Ambition Lead the Way

Back in 2011, at a fundraiser in San Francisco, President Obama remarked that, “We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge.” Two years later, the Keystone XL Pipeline still floats in regulatory limbo, hydraulic fracturing is under assault, and NIMBYISM has prevented wind […]  More »
A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Commentary: Colorado shows the need for energy engagement

e results from Tuesday’s ballot measures in Colorado should serve as a clarion call for industry and energy consumers across the country. In Colorado, four communities – Boulder, Fort Collins, Broomfield and Lafayette – asked themselves to take a position on the extraction of shale gas inside their city limits. Ban supporters won in three of four contests.  More »
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