Amy Myers Jaffe

Views from the University of California at Davis' Amy Myers Jaffe.

Filling Up with Electricity

This blog post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Houston is going green. By the summer, most of the green dots on the map above will be locations that have electric vehicle charging stations. An electric charging station is very different and much more discreet than gas stations […]  More »

Don’t Eliminate Power to Improve Vehicle Efficiency

This post was written by James Coan, research associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum Recall the trite phrase “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” In trying to limit the power of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs), some legislators may be doing just that, effectively voting to eliminate the most powerful […]  More »

Is Saudi Arabia a Force in the Oil Market?

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, former Saudi ambassador to the United States and Britain and a leading member of the ruling Saudi family, emphasized in a lecture recently at the Baker Institute that we live in a highly interdependent world. The key message of the Prince’s speech, which was titled “A […]  More »

Looking Across the Pond for a New Offshore Regulatory Regime

This post was written by Ruchir Shah, President of the Baker Institute Student Forum, who just completed an independent study course on U.S. energy policy. On April 20, 2010, a blowout in BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf was responsible for one of the most devastating disasters in American history. It demonstrated a […]  More »

Is Wall Street Too Bullish on Oil?

This weekend’s decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to leave OPEC quotas unchanged doesn’t mean oil production from the producer group won’t be rising next year. Iraq is expected to add about 200,000 b/d of incremental oil production over the course of 2011 as foreign firms make progress on contracts to enhance […]  More »

Cutting $5 Billion+ in Federal Spending, Nearly Consequence-free

This post was written by James Coan, research associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. The federal government has an opportunity to cut spending by over $5 billion next year with nearly no impact, and all it has to do is…nothing. The federal tax credit for blending ethanol, currently at 45 cents/gallon, is set to […]  More »

The EPA’s E15 Ethanol Decision Deserves a Yawn

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum On Wednesday, the EPA made what, on first glance, appears to be a major announcement: vehicles made in model year 2007 or later can now run on 15 percent ethanol, a product more commonly known as E15. Currently, most vehicles […]  More »

Happy Anniversary, OPEC

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) should have had a happy 50th anniversary yesterday with oil prices hovering around $75, exactly on the group’s previously announced “perfect” price. Indeed, the oil market has been relatively immobile at that price for months—evidence that OPEC, or maybe more accurately, its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members led […]  More »

Bolivia’s Lithium for Electric Vehicles: Another Opportunity Lost

Baker Institute’s Dr. David Mares: “Bolivia’s lithium politics is a fairly extreme version of resource nationalism at work.”  More »

Renewables and Gas: The Odd Couple Should Work Together

The following was written by James Coan, research associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum Renewables and natural gas have not traditionally been close allies. Natural gas has been described as a bridge to the future with renewables as a destination, but this vision does not include much co-existence of the fuels in the meantime. […]  More »

Give the Industry Its Due

Since the tragic explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling site on April 20, 2010, the public and media have been decrying the lack of leadership in finding solutions. Criticism has risen all the way up to the U.S. White House and everyone and their brother is looking for someone onto whom to pass blame. For […]  More »

Bold is Becoming Mainstream

The following was written by James Coan, research associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill, bold proposals to reduce oil use are becoming mainstream. Felix Kramer, founder of CalCars, wants the federal government to provide tax credits and loan guarantees to retrofit millions of light trucks and […]  More »

A Second Wind for Cap-and-trade?

The following was written by James Coan, research associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum The big energy news in Washington today is that Sen. Harry Reid wants to introduce a bill with both a cap-and-trade program and new regulations and oversight for offshore drilling. As a freestanding bill, cap-and-trade would a very low shot […]  More »

U.S. Energy Policy Post Oil Spill

The U.S. government suspension of offshore deepwater drilling for six months in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (including 33 deepwater exploration rigs that were currently drilling) has huge implications for future U.S. energy policy. The first estimates are in. Consultants Wood Mackenzie are projecting that the moratorium will shave 80,000 barrels a day of oil […]  More »

New Technologies Needed

The failure of BP’s attempt at a “top kill” solution to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill highlights a problem that the industry will face moving forward in deepwater drilling. It is understood that some companies use better prevention approaches than others and that prevention strategies keep improving with time, but what about technologies for […]  More »