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The Economics of EV Charging Stations

March 17, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

EV Infrastructure Economics

I live in Silicon Valley, and here EVs and Plug-in hybrids are everywhere. As the minority academic economist in this crowd, I'm always on the lookout for sources of inefficiency and how to get rid of them. The most sobering realization I had after purchasing my shiny new ride is the dearth of charging stations.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Lower Oil Price is Bringing More Deflationary Pressure'

February 12, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Oil Prices and Economic Risk

Cheaper oil has not been translating into economic growth over the last six months and falling oil prices have also stoked deflationary fears. Some countries have been using the drop in oil prices as an opportunity to raise gasoline taxes, slash fuel subsidies or both.[read more]

Why $50 Oil Won't Last

January 26, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Oil Price Collapse Economics

I have received numerous questions about the role of a “drop in demand” in the oil price decline. These questions are driven by many stories in the media that have referenced a drop in demand. And there are two primary reasons given for this so-called demand drop.[read more]

Impact of Falling Oil Prices on LNG

January 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Natural Gas and Oil Price Collapse

LNG is liquefied natural gas, cooled to a temperature of -260° F, for the purpose of compression and transportation. International shipments of LNG by container ship are generally price-indexed to crude oil, meaning that falling oil prices have led to a comparable drop in LNG prices.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Approaching an Oil Price Floor

December 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse

It appears the largest oil price decline since the 2008 economic and financial crises could be reaching a bottom. Maybe. Benchmark global oil futures prices rebounded recently partially due to comments made by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that appear to have, at least temporarily, calmed the market.[read more]

Raising Gas Prices to Grow An Economy

August 19, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Gas Prices and Economies

Two weeks ago, Yemen increased gasoline prices from $2.20 to $3.50 per gallon, while increasing diesel prices from $1.70 to $3.40. These are significant increases. These reforms in Yemen bring the price of both fuels up to market levels.[read more]