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DART hits a natural gas bullseye!

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has made the move to CNG fueled transit buses.  A bold move helped in part by the public private partnership with Clean Energy Fuels that built the fueling stations needed to ensure the buses could fuel up in the right places at the right time. The CNG buses are a bit more expensive than conventional diesel buses, but the fuel savings are huge right now and it looks as thoug ...

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Who knows the reality of Obama’s GHG rules? Nobody…that’s who

OK, it's been about two weeks since the US EPA promulgated its draft of the new GHG emission rules.  Rules that might take hold two-four years from now (unless lawsuits delay it).  It's about 600 pages long with about 5,000 pages of notes so we all know what they mean now, right? Wrong! Here is an AP story that gives a pretty good rundown of the different opinions on the rules and the realities of those opi ...

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US EPA Says US GHG Emissions Down in 2012 — Why?

Readers of my blog know that I try to link today's energy headlines with some pithy, punny or otherwise lame pop-culture reference.  But you know what, I could think of anything creative when I saw that the United States EPA released its report on US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and found that: a) GHG emissions in 2012 are down 10% since 2005 b) GHG emissions in 2012 are down 3.4% from 2011. Why? (as in w ...

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The Energy Elephant in the Room

Readers of my blog know how the energy portfolio is diverse, complicated, maddening and incredibly proficient in delivering cost-competitive energy to people across the state. There are always things to keep an eye on but the "elephant in the room" is Exelon's continued information campaign on the economic realities of its nuclear fleet.  I don't think they know what's going to happen next, but they are wis ...

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It was a famous Illinois Senator, Everett Dirksen, who is given credit for the classic quote "a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money!"  Of course he meant it in the context of government spending. But I'd like to use it in the context of a study recently published showing that Illinois consumers (business and residential) have saved $37 billion in electricity costs sinc ...

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I-C-C! I-C-C! I-C-C!

After all the U-S-A! U-S-A! chanting the past few weeks (except after a tough loss by the women's hockey team yesterday), I've been sucked into the chanting spirit.  So I say "I-C-C! I-C-C" in recognition of the Illinois Commerce Commission's decision to approve Ameren's controversial transmission line the traverses southcentral Illinois.  (These days isn't "controversial transmission line" a redundant term ...

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Nuclear waste solution in the Land of Enchantment?

  I've always love the state flag of New Mexico.  Simple, understated, beautiful.  No seal.  No people. No tress, plants,or coat of arms.  A beautiful design for what is a beautiful state.  Well, the beautiful state of New Mexico is being considered as a site for our nuclear waste repository.  As this New York Time article reviews, the salt caverns near Carlsbad might be great place to store the waste ...

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Detente on hydraulic fracturing?

I first learned about the word "Detente" in the early 70s when Nixon and Brezhnev tried to cool down the Cold War.  Yesterday I was alerted to this piece from Pennsylvania that some of the most ardent anti-hydraulic fracturing leaders are beginning to see the light.  They are sitting down and working with the industry to improve and regulate natural gas and oil production instead of trying to shut it down. ...

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