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Letter From Indianapolis: Utility Companies Want to Kill the Only Competition They Have

Energy independence? Affordable energy? All of the above? The 2015 Indiana General Assembly stands poised to define these catch phrases as two proposals are making their way through the legislative process. Hoosiers should pay attention. While claiming to believe in “all of the above,” our elected officials voted last year to end the Energizing Indiana […]

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How to Quash Energy Efficiency: Four Ways to Thwart Progress

How to Quash Energy Efficiency: Four Ways to Thwart Progress

Energy efficiency is a no-brainer. It’s cheaper than power generation of any kind, it’s clean, and it’s an economic stimulant in its own right. “Energy efficiency”—to put it in context—is any activity, policy or technology that results in less consumption while ensuring the same level of service. It’s hard not to like. Even so, it […]

In the New Energy Economy, Public Accountability Is a Market Force

In the New Energy Economy, Public Accountability Is a Market Force

Good intentions aren’t the same as good strategy. In a column the other day in the weekly Hill Times of Toronto, Robert L. Evans, a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, suggested that Keystone XL opponents have been wasting their time. “The protest groups would have a much greater impact on the sustainability […]

January 27, 2015 Read More →
BHP’s Latest Numbers Offer a Window on an Industry in Decline

BHP’s Latest Numbers Offer a Window on an Industry in Decline

The recent half-year production numbers out of BHP Billiton are more than a snapshot of one giant energy company: They’re a window on the world’s larger ailing coal-mining industry. The figures show that BHP—like other big miners that include Rio Tinto, Vale S.A., and Anglo American—is gradually exiting its under-performing coal group. BHP executives are no […]

January 26, 2015 Read More →
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