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Monday at the Capitol: Legislation would rename the state’s ‘worst-named agency’

It’s been said that the Texas Railroad Commission is the worst-named agency in the state. And that’s not according to an agency detractor, but from a former chairperson. The Texas Railroad Commission has absolutely no authority over railroads. Surveys have shown wide confusion about its responsibilities. But Texas home and business owners – whether they know it […]  More »

For Texas, Energy Efficiency Presents an Opportunity

Energy efficiency might not be the first thing to come to mind when using the words “energy” and “Texas” in the same sentence. As Texans, we’re justifiably proud our state’s status as the largest producer of oil, natural gas and wind energy in the nation, and its our electricity costs are below average; and yet […]  More »

Monday at the Capitol: Important Gas Consumer Legislation

Of the thousands of bills filed so far in Austin, perhaps none would more benefit gas utility customers than House Bill 2988 and House Bill 3749. If adopted, either of these bills would help ensure that consumers continue having a strong voice at the agency that oversees home gas rates. Both bills will be considered in […]  More »

84th Texas Legislature: This Week’s Energy Consumer Bills

Of the thousands of bills so far filed during the 84th Texas Legislature, more than 120 potentially impact gas and electric utility customers. Some would tend to lower prices. Others would have the opposite effect. Some legislation would impact customers in other ways. Here’s what to watch for this week: Senate Bill 1444, by Sen. […]  More »

Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.  More »

Commentary: Geopolitics and oil prices — between a rock and a hard place

Voices blogger Amy Myers Jaffe writes on how oil traders that appear to be hedging themselves against a possible deal between the West and Iran on the nuclear question miss the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics.  More »

Supreme Opportunity for a Supreme Correction

In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that EPA had authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.  It reached that conclusion even though Congress in the 1990 Amendments explicitly denied EPA that regulatory authority.  The Court also ignored the scientific facts that CO2 is a nutrient, has been much higher in […]  More »

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans. Twenty four US states currently have municipal […]  More »

Commentary: Progress seen on solar front

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

Changing Seasons in Energyland™

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 […]  More »

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

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. […]  More »

Federal Permitting Reform Should Apply to Keystone XL

The six-year long debate over Keystone XL has unfortunately moved way beyond a discussion about the merits of this particular project and become a proxy for discourse on other public policies, including the direction of U.S. energy policy, action on climate change, energy security and regulatory certainty for private companies. While the politics of the […]  More »

Climate Skepticism: Today’s Witch Hunt and McCarthyism

Although the Salem witch trials took place in the 1690s, witch hunts are still used as a tactic of social persecution and a means to censure and demonize those who do not conform to the climate orthodoxy. From Salem to McCarthyism to today’s increasingly strident attacks on so called “climate skeptics,” witch -hunts are a […]  More »

84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing, with scores of bills already filed that could end up helping or harming Texas energy consumers.  More »

Natural gas heavy duty trucking fleet could benefit US economy and security, but not necessarily climate

The decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to favor a market-share approach rather than defend prices – and the subsequent fall in oil prices– has prompted a drop in drilling activity in the United States and layoffs in the oil and gas sector. While the U.S. economy benefits from falling oil […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

Commentary: Geopolitics and oil prices — between a rock and a hard place

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Balanced Energy

U.S. energy policy discussion with David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance

For Texas, Energy Efficiency Presents an Opportunity

Barrels and BTUs

SMU energy bloggers featuring Bruce Bullock

Capacity Markets for Texas Electricity: The Real Story

Building Hydrocarbon Bonds

David Vaucher writes about creating bonds within and outside of the energy business.

Oil price slump hurts last remaining “Middle Class”, and exposes market irrationality

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Capitolizing on Energy

Views on D.C. energy and politics with William O’Keefe

Supreme Opportunity for a Supreme Correction

CenterPoint Energy Insights

Information, analysis and tips to help you use and purchase energy more wisely

A new way to shop for electric plans in Houston

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E-City Beat

Strategic thinking from the energy capital with Lane Sloan

Houston’s first Energy Week

EconMatters

Global economic and market analysis that matters with Dian L. Chu

Coal: A ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Getting Longer In the U.S.

Energy (Geo)-Politics

Global energy politics with Michael Economides

China’s Natural Gas Paradigm Shift

Energy Burrito

Financial market ingredients diced and wrapped with Schneider Electric’s Matt Smith

Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

Energy in Motion

A former top U.S. regulator gives his expert opinions on the biggest issues facing the nation's energy boom.

Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

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Oilpatch Online

Energy analysis with Allen Brooks

Outlook for Gulf of Mexico and Food Not Good

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Recharge Ratepayer Report

Energy policy for Texas consumers, featuring R.A. Dyer of RechargeTexas.com

Monday at the Capitol: Legislation would rename the state’s ‘worst-named agency’

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TPH Energy Thoughts

Energy insights from Dan Pickering and the Tudor Pickering Holt Team

Pickering: A conspiracy among gas drillers or those who write about them?

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Wood on the Wires

Energy infrastructure with Pat Wood

So what about that Energy Bill?

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