Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is the Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis, with affiliation at the Graduate School of Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Dodging the Valley of Death: The Future of American Cleantech

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. On the heels of the Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt bankruptcies last month, solar panel maker Solyndra declared its intention this week to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And much like Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt, Solyndra was the recipient of generous […]  More »

CO2 from Canadian Oil Sands – Higher, not Horrifying

Environmental opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring crude oil to the U.S. from the Canadian oil sands has heated up in recent weeks as the decision for whether to approve the pipeline approaches.  More »

Solar Feedstock: Does the Middle East Have What It Takes?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Last week’s decision by Evergreen Solar to file for bankruptcy shakes more than just the shareholders. The latest among a surge of bankruptcies and plunges in profits of solar industry heavyweights such as First Solar and SunPower, Evergreen Solar’s rapid […]  More »

America’s Resource Renaissance

American oil industry leadership groups such as the National Petroleum Council and the American Petroleum Institute have been meeting in recent months to fashion new frameworks for the industry to ensure best practices for oil and natural gas drilling. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the task at hand is proving highly […]  More »

Syria: To Sanction or Not To Sanction?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. In response to the ongoing violence plaguing Syrian cities, the Obama administration is toying with a new plan to sanction Syria’s oil and gas industry. The plan rests on two assumptions: first, that sanctioning Syria’s energy industry sector will wreak […]  More »

Can the Shale Gas Revolution Be a Green One?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. July was a rough month for the shale gas industry. Marcellus shale wells faced permit suspensions for the withdrawal of water from nearby streams, the media issued reports that various toxic chemicals released during production were migrating to America’s water […]  More »

Jaffe: ‘Saudi Oil Price Mojo Stronger in a Recession’

Iran, Venezuela and Iraq may rue the day that they sent Saudi Arabia home empty handed from the June 8 OPEC meeting.  More »

Does the Arab Spring Spell the End for North African Solar?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. As Algeria tenders its 150-MW solar plant this week, investors should ask themselves: with the Arab Spring making its way into an “Arab Summer,” is the winter of large-scale solar at hand? Over the last few years, North Africa has […]  More »

Troubles Realizing Iraq’s Oil Potential

Does Iraq have what it takes to shake up the global energy market? Oil production capacity growth in Iraq and Saudi Arabia hold the key to future oil market stability, but the outlook for gains in the near to intermediate term looks cloudy, according to a new study by the Baker Institute. Political instability in […]  More »

Shale Gas and U.S. National Security

This post was written by Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Just a decade ago, companies were planning large scale investments that would allow them to import substantial volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to all […]  More »

The Arab Spring and Latin America

This post was written by Ronald Soligo, professor of economics Rice University and a Baker Institute Rice Scholar. In the July/August edition of Foreign Affairs, F. Gregory Gause III writes about “Why Middle East Studies Missed the Arab Spring”. In the article Gause mentions two factors that contributed to the oversight and led scholars to […]  More »

Supporting the SPR move

The Baker Institute’s Amy Myers Jaffe writes in support of the administration’s Strategic Petroluem Reserve move, saying the action sqaures with in with the original spirit of the SPR’s creation.  More »

Barnett Shale Still Has Lots of Life

This post was written by Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute Energy Forum On June 25th, the New York Times published a story regarding the viability of shale gas as a domestic source of supply for the U.S. […]  More »

Automakers’ “Global DNA”

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Imagine two car companies. One sold almost three-quarters of its vehicles outside the U.S. Another built 90 percent of its autos sold in the U.S. in America. What are the names of these companies? It may be surprising, but the […]  More »

What Eliminating the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Means for Farmers…and You

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Action on the Hill over the ethanol subsidy and tariff is heating up. Senators yesterday voted overwhelmingly to eliminate both provisions 73-27, with votes from 40 Democrats and 33 Republicans. We at the Baker Institute have strongly questioned the rationale […]  More »