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Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

July 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas Energy Markets

Over the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are moving away from traditional coal generation and toward alternative, cleaner energy sources.[read more]

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Making Deregulation Work: Developing a Consumer Friendly Energy Market

Deregulation and Consumer Choice

The restructuring of energy markets in over twenty states since the 1990s has offered consumers with choices for their electricity generation services. The introduction of consumer choice should create an environment that is conducive for accountability and transparency in retail rates.[read more]

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

May 18, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Markets and Energy Booms

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, Energy Information Administration Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.[read more]

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America's Century-Old Energy Market?

May 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tech Companies and Energy Markets

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass utilities and buy clean energy directly from a solar provider. The deal set a historical precedent for corporate renewable energy purchases that may, over time, have huge financial implications for traditional utilities.[read more]

Why Coal Should Not Be Saved

April 3, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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Moving Away from Coal

Coal had a good ride. It has been a workhorse in electric power generation, accounting for an average of 52 percent of the nation’s electricity from 1920 to 1985. But since then coal has steadily lost significant market share, first to nuclear and more recently to natural gas and wind.[read more]

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Restructuring the Grenada Electric Utility Sector

April 2, 2015 by Charlie Hewitt

Grenada and the Utility Sector

Opening the Grenada power market to competition is unlikely to achieve the government's goals. Applying a U.S.-style utility unbundling scheme to such a small and unique market is not prudent and the government should seek other measures to meet Grenada's energy needs.[read more]

Macquarie's Brian Bagnell: Forget Peak Oil, Worry About Peak Demand

February 28, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Oil, Demand, and Energy Markets

 

Brian Bagnell, CFA, is a research analyst in Canadian oil and gas company analysis for Macquarie Capital Markets in Calgary. He was formerly an investment associate at the NB Investment Management Corp. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Brunswick.[read more]

Low Oil Prices Are an Act of Economic Warfare: Veteran Investor Bob Moriarty

February 19, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet almost 10 years ago. They later added 321energy.com to cover oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal, solar, wind and nuclear energy. Both sites feature articles, editorial opinions, pricing figures and updates on current events affecting both sectors.[read more]

Methane Hydrates are a Promising Energy Resource

February 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane Hydrates Fuel Source

Methane hydrates are getting increased attention as a major new source of clean hydrocarbon energy. These enormous deposits of natural gas have never been developed commercially, but research and development has been promising, and expectations are that the gas could begin coming to market within a decade.[read more]

Michael Waring Has Seen the Energy Downturn Movie Before, and He's Not Worried

February 8, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Before forming Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. in 2000, Michael Waring served from 1985 to 1999 as a vice president, director and portfolio manager at KBSH Capital Management Inc., a private investment management firm with over $10B under management.[read more]

Increase in Average Gasoline Prices Ends 17-Week Streak of Declining Prices

February 4, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Prices and Market Trends

EIA conducts a survey of gasoline prices each Monday, and the most recent survey showed the U.S. average regular retail gasoline price increasing for the first time in 18 weeks. The national price averaged $2.07/gallon on Monday, up 2.4 cents from a week earlier.[read more]

Understanding Oil Demand, Oil Prices, and Climate

February 3, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

For 27 years in my graduate energy seminar, I’ve struggled to convince bright master’s and PhD students that oil prices might actually result from competition rather than a price-fixing conspiracy of oil companies and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel. But this year, my task was easier.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Currency Depreciation Against the Dollar Affects Oil Importers and Exporters Differently

January 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Markets and Currency Values

The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices, depending on whether a particular country is a net importer or a net exporter of crude oil.[read more]

Are Private Markets Effective for Rural Electrification?

January 13, 2015 by Becky Mawhood
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Almost 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. According to the IEA universal energy access could be achieved across the region by 2030, but rural electrification would require investment of around $20 billion per year.[read more]

My 2015 Energy Predictions

January 12, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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For the past 5 or 6 years, I have begun the year by making predictions for the upcoming year in the energy markets. I am generally happy if I can hit on 60-80% of them. In 2014 I went 5 for 5, but I can say with a fair amount of confidence that this is a feat that’s unlikely to be repeated for 2015.[read more]