Advancing Energy Blog

No Dream Machine

GM is doing it. Ford is doing. Toyota is on the bandwagon too. All of the major car manufacturers plan to have a plug-in electric car on the market in the next two years. And, each car maker promises their vehicle will be emissions-free and safe for the environment. While, the car itself may not produce “toxins” from a tailpipe…...

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Energy Boost

When we said the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always gust, we weren’t just blowing hot air, so to speak. We really meant that with the current lack of technology to store the electricity generated from wind and solar that you better have a good back up system in place for when you don’t have the resources to...

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Okies are Consumers

The state ranked 12th in the nation recently for energy consumed per capita according to a study called EnergyTrends.org. Regionally, Texas was fifth, Kansas ranked 15th and Arkansas ranked 17th. Oklahomans used 400 million btus per capita in 2008. Nearly three-fourths of that was electric power generated using natural gas and coal. Another 64 mill...

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TPS Finishes CNG Switch

Tulsa Public Schools has partnered with Guthrie-based NGV Fleet Partners to convert all 177 of its buses that currently run on diesel to compressed natural gas. Ray Tuttle from the Journal Record reports that the move is expected to save the school district $750,000 to $1 million a year. A combination of state and federal tax credits and grants wil...

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Energy Boost

When we said the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always gust, we weren’t just blowing hot air, so to speak. We really meant that with the current lack of technology to store the electricity generated from wind and solar that you better have a good back up system in place for when you don’t have the resources to...

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Amercians Oppose Tax

The American Petroleum Institute commissioned a recent poll and found that 62 percent of respondents oppose an increase in taxes on the oil and natural gas industry, believing it would destroy jobs. In a statement, API President and CEO Jack Gerard said, “Voters fear that raising taxes on an industry that provides most of their energy and sup...

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Technology is Key

Research and development has paid off. The National Energy Technology Laboratory has developed a method of freezing natural gas that could lower the cost of transportation to access vast amounts of the world's gas resources. Researchers created a special nozzle and process that rapidly traps natural gas in ice; like methane hydrates. It requires mu...

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On Tap

January 16, 2011 Time to Tap the Bounty of U.S. Natural Gas By CHRISTOPHER SWANN Natural gas may be America’s most ignored blessing. With resources now equivalent to Iran’s oil reserves, domestic shale gas offers a chance to meaningfully reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil, cut the deficit and even reduce greenhouse gas...

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CO2 Enhanced Recovery

Through the injection of carbon dioxide into its reservoir, one of Texas’ oldest oil fields is getting a new lease on life. The project is underway in the Hastings oil fields south of Houston. A new, $1 billion pipeline carries the CO2 from south Louisiana to the reservoir. The gas is injected into a well, mixes with trapped oil and creates a...

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Fueling Fact

If you've ever wondered what to say to friends, family or minor acquaintances to help them understand why and how the oil and natural gas industry is the driving economic force in this country, and editorial in today's Oklahoman might help. It outlines the many less-than-truthful ways Washington is leading America to believe that more taxes on our...

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CNG Available in Edmond

The city of Edmond will soon be rolling out the first city fleet vehicle that run on compressed natural gas. Six city buses will be converted to run on CNG using federal stimulus grants to buy both the buses and the conversion kits. City officials expect to save about $38,000 annually on fuel. City leaders say the recent building of a fast-fill CNG...

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Bad Policy?

Just as we were turning the corner into a new year, federal lawmakers were contemplating extending Bush-era tax cuts. Part of that includes an extension of the tax credit for ethanol use. All ethanol tax policies were extended for another year. One of those is the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit; also know as VEETC, it’s a credit of 45 c...

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Global Gas Push

As efforts to “go green” spread worldwide, the U.S. government is looking to one world industrial power to tap into America’s abundant natural gas to fuel climate solutions. The U.S. State Department is pitching natural gas to China and India as a strong alternative to using coal for power generation. And, due to recent advancemen...

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EPA: Natural Gas "A Good Thing"

Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told a House committee Tuesday she favors natural gas production and said she didn't know of any “proven case” in which hydraulic fracturing had affected drinking water. Jackson also said natural gas creates less air pollution than other fossil fuels “so increasing America...

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Energy Cuisine

A Houston chef is catering to his customers, perhaps like none other. He and his Finnish colleague have spent so much time cooking for oil industry patrons, they have created a cookbook based on the dishes these specific patrons love most. The book, “Energy Cuisine” hits bookshelves in late October. David Denis, chef at Houston’s...

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