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.

Is It a Jungle Gym or an Electric Charging Station?

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Public electric vehicle charging stations are starting to pop around Houston and other cities in a noticeable fashion. According to eVgo, nine are currently operational around town (six of which are in parking lots of Walgreens stores). Recently, while driving […]  More »

Why Is the Nissan Leaf Selling Faster than the Chevy Volt?

This post was written by Yvette Loch, who interned at the Baker Institute Energy Forum and is a student at Awty International School. With the high gas prices we are facing today, the popularity of the fuel-efficient car is seeing its inevitable increase. Two of the fiercer competitors of this type of car are the […]  More »

Forecasting the future of natural gas

What’s ahead for U.S. natural gas? What potential does this energy resource hold and what challenges are likely?  More »

Iran and Hormuz

Escalating tensions over Iran’s threat to block the Strait of Hormuz have contributed to a several dollar rise in the price of oil over the past two weeks, portending an even higher oil price security risk premium that could emerge – were Iran to become a nuclear power. Analysts are already predicting a large oil […]  More »

US Shale Gas to North Dakota – Is it the beginning of a New Era for US Oil?

This post was written by Dr. Salman Ghouri, Senior Economist at Qatar Petroleum in Doha, Qatar.  The views, findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the views of Qatar Petroleum. US Shale Gas The past decade has yielded dramatic changes in the natural gas industry landscape. Rapid advancement of state-of-the-art-technology […]  More »

Hard to Move the Needle for Chinese Oil Demand

China’s growing energy use was probably at the back of everyone’s minds this week at the global climate deliberations in South Africa this week. Perhaps the theme for the meeting could be “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  More »

The Question of US LNG Exports

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. The US Senate has taken up a review of the licensing and permitting of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The issue was addressed in […]  More »

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 »