Energy Alert for August 12, 2015

President Barack Obama’s long-awaited and just-released rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have set off a political firestorm, with some states and businesses already rushing to sue Uncle Sam to halt what they see as a costly and unjustified regulation. Meanwhile, the practical effects of the rules and how they might, or might not, play out are getting overlooked.

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Energy Alert for July 29, 2015

It may not get a lot of headlines, but the nuclear power industry is facing some stiff headwinds these days. Big changes in the utility industry mean some plants might close for financial reasons. In time, that could make the U.S. more dependent on other power sources, increasing the risk of rising rates.

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Energy Alert for June 17, 2016

In a recent issue, we noted that the battery industry is poised for growth as both utilities and their customers look for ways to store energy for use when demand is high or the electric grid fails. Battery tech is advancing and costs are falling, but batteries are far from the only viable way to store energy or provide backup power in emergencies. Two other approaches — one novel and one traditional — are also making strides.

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Energy Alerts, June 3, 2015

The boom in shale oil and gas isn’t just unleashing a flood of new energy sources in the U.S. It’s also driving a massive build-out of the nation’s energy-carrying infrastructure, which is needed to bring that big bounty of crude oil and natural gas to market. At the same time, big changes for the electric grid mean utilities are investing heavily in new transmission lines to make sure your lights stay on.

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Energy Alerts, April 22, 2015

Whether you’re a homeowner, a renter or a business owner, and regardless of the energy source you rely on for heating, cooling and lighting, there is one simple way to save on your energy bill: Use less energy. To help you do so, this issue of Kiplinger’s Energy Alerts (issues are free through June 9) outlines ways to shave your utility costs, from making quick and easy changes to investing more substantially in energy efficiency.

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Energy Alerts, April 8, 2015

Welcome to Kiplinger’s Energy Alerts — a digital heads-up on coming trends and breaking developments in the energy industry. The alerts are free through June 9. In this issue, we zero in on what’s shaping up as a momentous year for the U.S. oil market: Oil prices are down, U.S. crude production is up, and many Americans are ditching fuel sipping compact cars for pickup trucks and SUVs like it’s 1999, boosting gasoline demand. And we’re only in April. Here’s how I see the remainder of the year for U.S. and global oil markets plus my read of oil supply-and-demand trends over the longer term.

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