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Commentary: The Latest Lifting of Fuel Subsidies in the Middle East

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In recent days the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will be cutting fuel subsidies starting August 1. It joins a growing list of countries that are taking the opportunity from a precipitous drop in oil prices in the last year to unwind longstanding subsidies. While advantageous for the Gulf state’s finances, the brunt of […]

Commentary: Key turning points in the energy complex

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(source: Wikipedia) To be honest, I had not heard of the phrase ‘Jumping The Shark‘ until recently (I’m not talking about surfer Mick Fanning either). It’s not like I didn’t watch ‘Happy Days’ when I was growing up, I just don’t remember that episode. For those unaware, ‘Jumping The Shark‘ is a term used to […]
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Commentary: Exporting the U.S. Shale Boom

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After already writing about Indiana Jones this week, and kicking off this post with an homage to The A-Team’s Hannibal (George Peppard, of course), you may think that I am stuck in the eighties, but I assure you this is not the case. (Mostly). The reason for the aforementioned Hannibal reference is because I was mulling over […]
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

Commentary: The Chinese crude oil conundrum

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It appears to be a conundrum worthy of the attention of Fred, Daphne, and Velma (complete with Shaggy and Scooby to solve it), as contrasting signals out of the world’s largest energy consumer has left its impact on oil demand shrouded in mystery. As China’s economy matures it is a natural process that its energy intensity […]
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Memers of theOrganization of the Petroleum States meet In November 2014 at OPEC headquarters in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/SAMUEL KUBANISAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

Commentary: Saudi’s targeting of market share does not appear to be working

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Thirty-four years ago today, Indiana Jones was the number one movie at the box office with ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark’. 1981 was also the year in which Beyoncé was born. These two reference points are just to highlight how long ago 1981 was (even if a swashbuckling Harrison Ford doesn’t seem that distant a […]
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Voices Commentary: two sides to the oil drop

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FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith writes about contrasting repercussions from the oil price drops.
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Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

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FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.
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Commentary: Progress seen on solar front

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Here are some signs of solar progress being made across the globe.

Changing Seasons in Energyland™

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As the seemingly permanent blanket of snow in my yard lifted this week to reveal the green, green grass below (albeit briefly), I am reminded that seasons change. But it is not just clocks and landscapes that are undergoing a shift, but also a veritable variety of elements in energyland™. So here are some such […]

Trends in Texas Wind Generation, Driving Habits, and Network-enabled Devices

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Apparently, the Queen of England sent her first email in 1976, some 14 years before the World Wide Web was born. I learned this while reading about the growth of ‘smart’ devices, and their impact on energy demand. This week I’ve also been exploring trends in US wind generation, as well as changing gasoline habits. […]