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Down, Down, Down: Energy Prices in the 2010s

By Avalon Energy Services | Jan 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Down, Down, Down: Energy Prices in the 2010s

By Evelyn Teel A previous blog post highlighted the shale gas revolution as arguably the most significant energy-related development of the previous decade (you can find the post here: https://avalonenergy.us/2019/12/shale-we-review-the-2010s/). In this article, we will discuss another trend that was significant in the 2010s – declining energy prices. Natural Gas Prices  One major effect of […]

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In the News: Jeff Dowdell Talks CHP, Natural Gas, and More

By Avalon Energy Services | Jan 17, 2020 | Comments Off on In the News: Jeff Dowdell Talks CHP, Natural Gas, and More

By Evelyn Teel Avalon Energy Services Senior Energy Consultant Jeff Dowdell was the featured guest on the most recent Energy Sense Podcast. Check out the episode to learn about combined heat and power (CHP) – what it is, how it can reduce costs and improve efficiency, and how it improves resilience. Jeff also discusses the […]

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Shale We Review the 2010s?

By Avalon Energy Services | Dec 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Shale We Review the 2010s?

By Evelyn Teel and Jim McDonnell With the decade coming to a close, this is a perfect opportunity to look back at how the energy market has changed over the past ten years. It has certainly been a whirlwind ride, starting shortly after the 2008 stock market crash and continuing through the Great Recession and […]

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Wind Power, Transmission Lines, and a Vision for a Better Electric Grid

By Avalon Energy Services | Dec 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Wind Power, Transmission Lines, and a Vision for a Better Electric Grid

By Evelyn Teel Wind energy is an incredible resource with incredible potential. The generation costs are low, the efficiency of turbines continues to increase, and the threat to birds continues to decline. An unfortunate irony, however, is that the places with the most prolific wind energy tend to be places with relatively little demand for […]

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Maryland Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – A Lot of Change for No Action

By Avalon Energy Services | Jun 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Maryland Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – A Lot of Change for No Action

During this year’s legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act.  Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, then had until 30 days after the legislative session (i.e., until May 30) to sign the bill, veto the bill, or take no action.  By taking no action, the bill would automatically become law.  The […]

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Avalon Energy Services Turns 10 Years Old This Month

By Avalon Energy Services | Apr 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Avalon Energy Services Turns 10 Years Old This Month

Late 2008/early 2009 was an unsettling time.  Bear Stearns was bailed out, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, the housing market collapsed, credit markets were frozen, the stock market fell more than 40%, the unemployment rate was approaching 10%, and energy markets were in turmoil.  The Great Recession was underway.  Despite this uncertainty, during April of 2009, […]

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New England Electricity Rates: Quite a Difference

By Avalon Energy Services | Mar 4, 2019 | Comments Off on New England Electricity Rates: Quite a Difference

By Jim McDonnell and Evelyn Teel, Avalon Energy Services, LLC Compared to the rest of the United States, electricity prices in New England are high.  Nothing surprising there.  So, just how expensive are they?  Well, it depends.  And, the surprising part is which utility, in one comparison, has the lowest rates. First, some background. Eversource […]

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Propane and Natural Gas – Birds of a Feather Not Flying Together

By Avalon Energy Services | Aug 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Propane and Natural Gas – Birds of a Feather Not Flying Together

Propane is a versatile source of energy common in rural areas that are “beyond the main” of utility natural gas service.  It is often used for home space and water heating and cooking, as well as for agricultural uses such as crop drying, irrigation pump fueling, space heating in green houses, pig and poultry brooding, […]

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Electricity, meet Rock

By Avalon Energy Services | Jul 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Electricity, meet Rock

For several years, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been investigating the potential effects of intense geomagnetic storms on electric utility infrastructure.  In 2016 they concluded, “A severe geomagnetic storm could disrupt the nation’s power grid for months, potentially leading to widespread blackouts.  Resulting damage and disruption from such an event could cost more than […]

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