Monthly Archives: February 2008

BusinessWeek: UH biz school's energy niche

Colleges have a love-hate relationship with the annual rankings that various publications like U.S. News & World Reports and BusinessWeek do (love it when they’re on top, hate it when they’re further down the list). There’s plenty to not like about the methodologies for ranking something that can be subjective. UH biz school is on […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.29.08

A few of the energy related stories in today’s Houston Chronicle or on • Clinton calls for cleaner fuels at energy conference: Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday challenged the oil industry to lead the way to develop cleaner sources of energy to help tackle the nation’s growing energy security problem. “It is time […]  More »

On energy and the primaries

Shell Oil CEO John Hofmeister had some interesting comments on the presidential candidates when he spoke at yesterday’s “Challenges and Opportunities in a Carbon-Constrained World” conference here. (He’ll also be speaking at Houston’s Presidential Summit downtown today, where Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the lone presidential candidate making an appearance). Shell’s Hofmeister says the […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.28.08

A few of the energy related stories in today’s Houston Chronicle or on • BP chief spells out oil giant’s strategy: BP has enough reserves to produce 4 million barrels a day of oil and natural gas through the next dozen years without new discoveries or gaining additional access to resources, the company’s CEO […]  More »

A near-miss on the Texas grid

ERCOT kept the lights on. Temporary blackouts in South Florida Tuesday were all the rage across the nation, but Texas came close to making headlines too when a little weather – or lack of it – created a drama for the state’s power grid operator. A cold front moved through northwestern parts of the state […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.27.08

A few of the energy related stories in today’s Houston Chronicle or on • Gas prices hit record high: By many measures, this shouldn’t be a record week for oil and gasoline prices. Fuel inventories are at 14-month highs, gasoline demand is down nearly 4 percent from this time last year and the U.S. […]  More »

Texas rocks the carbon world! say the Brits

Just in case you forgot that everything is bigger in Texas, the good people at U.K.-based The Climate Group have put out a little report (most likely related to the conference being held in Houston Wednesday:Business and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in a Carbon Constrained World). • Texas leads the nation in crude oil […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.26.08

A few of the energy related stories in today’s Houston Chronicle or on • Gasoline in Houston hits record: Houston retail gasoline prices hit an all-time high today as the cost of $100 oil finally trickled down from the pipeline to the pump. • Even before startup, ‘for sale’ sign possible: Less than two […]  More »

UH energy trading conference coming

The 6th annual energy trading conference hosted by the University of Houston’s Global Energy Management Institute (GEMI) is coming up on March 11. The Chronicle covered the event last year, which focused on speculators. This year’s focus will be on the growing role of commodities like biofuels and the new (and future) environmental markets. “Due […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.25.08

A few of the energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on over the weekend and today: • Costly cleanup, fines have failed to halt BP deaths: Nearly three years after the tragic explosion that killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others, BP’s Texas City refinery remains the nation’s deadliest — […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.22.08

A few of the recent energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on • Dynegy, Sierra Club state cases over power needs vs. a cleaner environment: An environmental group’s protest in downtown Houston on Wednesday put a spotlight on the debate over coal — which generates half the nation’s electricity but also contributes […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.19.08

A few of the energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on • Brazil says missing laptops have state oilfield secrets: Associated Press – Information stolen from Brazil’s state-run oil company was related to two huge new offshore petroleum finds, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said. • BP to invest $2 billion […]  More »

Chron Energy Items: 02.18.08

A few of the energy related items in the Houston Chronicle or on today or over the weekend: • As Mexico’s oil reserves drop, Calderon thinks the unthinkable: The political showdown over the future of Pemex, the Mexican government’s crucial oil monopoly, appears to loom at last. • Snags seen for nuclear power: Snippets […]  More »

CERAWeek: The wrap-up

CERA’s big brains wrapped up the week with a sort of free-for-all as attendees ate lunch. What were the big takeaways for the CERA people? Matt Brown: The amount of interest in coal, and all the work that needs to be done to deal with coal’s CO2 issues. Larry Makovich: “I was expecting the macro […]  More »

CERAWeek: More from Greenspan

Naturally, we couldn’t fit everything former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said into today’s story, so here are a few things that didn’t make it: CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin asked Greenspan to clarify a widely cited comment from his book where he said, “it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: The Iraq war is […]  More »
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