Construction costs for solar photovoltaic systems and onshore wind turbines declined, while construction costs for natural gas generators increased . Investment in electric generating capacity increased more than 50% from 2015.

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Natural gas production had been in decline since the fracking boom that began in the middle of the previous decade. Production grew in the U.S. by an astounding 51 percent which pushed the U.S. back into the global lead.

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Natural gas inventories are at low levels, raising the risk that prices could receive a jolt this winter if a cold snap hits. The natural gas market is cyclical. Demand spikes in the winter as people and businesses turn up the heat, but consumption dips in spring and fall because of mild temperatures.

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Texas is witnessing a fresh oil boom with June production hitting 4.3 million bpd, all thanks to two things: efficiency improvements and, of course, oil prices. But not everyone is happy about this. The higher efficiency means that fewer new jobs are needed.

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Inventories of distillate fuel, a category that includes both diesel and home heating oil, were 117.7 million barrels at the end of June, the lowest end-of-June level since 2004. Distillate inventories have generally been lower than the previous five-year (2013–2017) average throughout 2018.

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EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) revised its standard set of figures in its July 2018 publication. To provide more clarity on changing natural gas and hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL) markets, two new natural gas figures and four new HGL figures are now included with the monthly forecast. Many of the figures previously included in STEO have been redesigned.

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Last week Goldman Sachs ruined the mood of many in the solar industry—at least of those who pay attention to investment bank forecasts—by projecting that the solar panel market will shrink this year by 24 percent.

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Global energy investment fell by 2 percent in 2017, the third consecutive year of a decline, according to the International Energy Agency, which sounded the alarm this week, warning that the world is not spending enough on energy.

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Today, it’s going for a complete 360 with a hungry drive to beat the United States at the renewable energy game.  After all, this is largely a technology game, and China hopes to be the global technology leader...

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