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From record natural gas in storage to new energy scam awareness efforts, there were some major developments in energy this week.

Here are some of the top stories we're currently reading. 

EIA: Amount of Natural Gas in Storage Reaches New Record

Working natural gas in storage reached a record high of 4,017 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of November 4, according to EIA’s latest Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. Inventories have been relatively high throughout the year, surpassing previous five-year highs in 48 of the past 52 weeks.

Time: Carbon Dioxide Emissions Close to Flat for Third Straight Year

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels around the globe remained steady last year and will only rise slightly in 2016, according to new research. Researchers behind the study, conducted at the Global Carbon Project and published in the journal Earth System Science Data, project that carbon dioxide emissions will rise 0.2% in 2016.

Forbes: Beware Utility Scams - Your Power Will Not Be Shut Off Immediately

November 16 is the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Day, a day supported by members of the water, gas and electric industries to form a unified front against scammers. This day is a part of a week-long advocacy and awareness campaign focused on exposing the tactics scammers use to steal money from utility customers and on educating customers about how to protect themselves.

Panoramic Power: Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things

While many restructure their business operations to better position themselves for Industry 4.0, some struggle to formulate a practical response and still others fail to even understand the term. In short, Industry 4.0 represents the next great industrial revolution and is characterized by improved automation on the back of intelligent feedback between manufacturing devices, processes and managers.

Greentech Media: FERC Proposes to Open Up Wholesale Markets for Energy Storage and Aggregation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just took its strongest step yet to initiate markets for energy storage across the nation. The commission, which governs interstate power transmission and wholesale markets, proposed a rule Thursday that would require each Regional Transmission Organization and Independent System Operator to create rules for energy storage to participate in wholesale markets. 

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Posted: November 18, 2016