energy cost volatility Articles

  • How to Manage risk in volatile energy markets

    In the last year wholesale power prices swung by around 45%, which is twice as volatile as the previous five years.  Those who fixed their electric bill for the next three years at the height of this market could  end up paying thousands of pounds more than others, who may have pursued a more calculated and less risky approach. Fixed vs. ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Case study - Maximizing heat recovery from your oxidizer and reducing operating costs

    More and more, companies operating air pollution control equipment today realize that the initial capital cost of an oxidizer system can be rapidly eclipsed by continued operating expenses if careful attention is not periodically given to the system. Below are ten tips to ensure your oxidizer is operating at peak performance. The first five tips focus on parameters end-users should know about ...

  • The whey to renewable energy

    When Tom Wilson with the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension set out to study the feasibility of a community-based anaerobic digester in Mercer County, he initially analyzed processing manure collected from area dairies and food wastes gathered from the local college, nearby prisons and industrial food processors. But the economics of transporting the materials just did not make ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • A Cleaner Energy Future

    As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition for fossil fuels. These escalating energy ...


    By ASTM International

  • Formulating an energy plan for your company

    Though current energy prices have stabilized, history has shown that volatility and uncertainty will return. The current situation is an ideal time to prepare for future price swings and the corresponding impacts on their costs. In many cases, energy users go about trying to reduce their energy costs without considering life cycle costs and endorsement from senior management. An Energy Plan ...

  • Mobile systems provide solar energy in northern climates

    The Department of Transportation for Alberta, Canada, is examining innovative strategies to resolve environmental issues in remote areas of the province. Portable units for harnessing solar energy have been demonstrated over the past five years as a viable method for generating the electricity needed to drive remediation systems at several sites in western Canada. The typical mobile system ...

  • The natural gas revolution: Good or bad for energy efficiency?

    If there were an equivalent in the energy industry to Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, natural gas would be this year’s winner. The dramatic rise in natural gas supply, and fall in price, has reconfigured the energy scene in the United States, suddenly creating a bounty of domestic energy, driving down wholesale power prices and speeding retirement of polluting coal-fired plants. ...

  • Hydrogen Storage - Solution for an Intermittent Energy Source

    Storing solar energy through hydrogen versus traditional storage solutions Today, energy is either transmitted directly to the consumer through the grid or stored as backup power for future use via batteries, pumping water, etc. When it comes to solar and wind energy, it becomes extraordinarily difficult to take full advantage of the renewable sources using traditional methods of power ...


    By Verde LLC

  • The role of regional cooperation in energy security: the case of the ASEAN+3

    This article examines the energy profile of the ASEAN+3 countries in terms of energy availability, accessibility, acceptability and affordability. It proposes stronger regional cooperation through cross-border energy trade, investment in infrastructure and energy resource development, and information and technology sharing within the region as an effective solution to deal with the energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biomethane enters the gas grid article for energy world

    The Carbon Plan, published in 2011, aims to reduce UK carbon emissions by a quarter from 1990 levels. With the current policies in place, the UK is on target to reduce emissions by over a third by 2020 and with the introduction of new technologies this should increase to an 80% reduction by 2050. However, currently around half the UK’s carbon emissions result from heat related processes and ...


    By CNG Services Limited

  • New energy economy emerging in the United States

    As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging in the United States. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Combined heat & power is a clean, efficient and economic energy solution

    The 21st century has highlighted a need for clean, efficient and economic energy, which has put Combined Heat & Power (CHP) into the limelight. By providing on-site power generation, waste heat recovery and system integration, CHP offers a realistic, near-term solution for exceptional energy efficiency and emission reduction. CHP systems can generate electricity locally while they recover ...


    By Shenton Group

  • 3 Steps to Help You Prepare for your Next Energy Contract Renewal

    Knowing your energy contract is up for renewal is one thing; getting the best deal on your energy procurement is another. With many contracts ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • 4 Reasons renewable energy is ready for the president’s climate action plan

    The White House’s climate action plan aims to transform the U.S. electricity system in the coming decades. The President directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement standards to reduce carbon dioxide ...

  • California’s Renewable Energy plan will save $51 billion a year

    California’s new renewable energy target, proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown during his inaugural address in January, is not only achievable: It would result in as much as $51 billion in annual savings for the state’s residents, according to an analysis by Strategen Consulting that “quantifies the economic and societal impacts” of the governor’s proposed goals. Ahead of ...


    By Triplepundit

  • On clean energy, time to follow where Google, GE, Buffett lead

    Google is backing it. So is Warren Buffett, America’s most-watched investor. GE, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, is too. Each of these corporate icons is placing big bets and hundreds of millions of dollars on a future powered by wind and solar power. Apple just joined them, announcing plans to power its ...

  • Time to de-risk your flexible energy procurement strategy

    Ten-year high power prices last week  (12-16 September)  caused by tight supply margins illustrate the imperative of de-risking your flexible energy procurement strategy. Towards the end of a turbulent week, prices on the day-ahead over-the-counter market ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Integrated Solutions - Organics Management, Clean Water and Renewable Energy

    California’s Chino Basin Organics Management Strategy uses creative ways to protect its watershed while expanding composting and digesting capacity for manure and biosolids. CLEAN WATER is a vital commodity in the semiarid environment within the coastal plain of southern California. About two-thirds of the water supply is imported from often great distances and at significant expense to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Sustainability in India through wind: a case study of Muppandal Wind Farm in India

    Sustainable development is closely associated with energy availability. It requires a continuous and efficient energy supply. Therefore renewable energy sources such as wind energy are vital for the Indian economy not only from supply side considerations but also for their environmental and social benefits. The current paper undertakes an empirical study of investments made at the Muppandal Wind ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Above and Beyond - Green Tariff Design for Traditional Utilities

    This paper describes what draws U.S. commercial and industrial customers to renewable energy, and explores how traditional utilities could build on their strengths to deliver affordable renewable energy to customers. Executive Summary Challenges, from technological advances to evolving emissions regulation and an aging infrastructure, are driving up costs and increasing the risk ...

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