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July 20th, 2012

Sweet & Sour Crude

by Andrew Price, President & COO

A previous blog, US Crude Oil Benchmarks posted June 28th 2012, discussed the two primary crude oil benchmarks used around the world: 1) the US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and 2) the European Benchmark, Brent. That blog mentions that there are many other crude oil grades with unique prices and that prices can vary depending on the location of extraction, transportation costs to market, and the characteristics of the oil.

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July 12th, 2012

Coal Use Plummets For Power Generation

by Andrew Price, President & COO

The use of coal as a fuel for generating electricity dipped dramatically in April of this year. Coal was used to generate about 32% of all electricity produced in the US in April. This is the lowest level of coal use in the power sector since the Energy Information Administration (EIA) started tracking in January 1973.

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July 5th, 2012

New Hampshire Adds Thermal to Renewable Portfolio Standard

by Andrew Price, President & COO

 

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are common across the US. In 29 states and Washington DC, there are minimum requirements on the percentage of electrical generation that must come from renewable resources. To-date, these standards have focused on the sources for the generation of electricity.

On June 25th, New Hampshire became the first state to fully integrate renewable thermal energy into its RPS program. The law defines “Useful Thermal Energy” as “renewable energy delivered from class I sources that can be metered and that is delivered in New Hampshire to an end user in the form of direct heat, steam, hot water, or other thermal form that is used for heating, cooling, humidity control, process use, or other valid thermal end use energy requirements and for which fuel or electricity would otherwise be consumed.” In general, thermal sources must come online after January 1, 2013 to be eligible for Class I status.

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