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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 »

Commentary: the US crude conundrum

The current US oil market is in the midst of a slugfest reminiscent of a Rocky fight, as competing influences face off against one another, says Voices poster Matt Smith.. In one corner we have rising US shale oil production, while in the opposing corner we have a precipitously falling rig count.  More »

A Lesson from Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis: Approve AKLNG

Decades ago, the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) transformed the state into a cornerstone to strengthen  American energy security, fuel the state’s revenues, propel unparalleled economic growth, and provide job security to thousands of Alaskans.  However, Alaska appears to be reaching a turning point in its history. Today, with the recent downturn in […]  More »

Oil Price Amnesia

Since the decline in oil prices began late last year, there has not been a day on which the media has not devoted considerable time to oil prices and the implications of the current state of affairs.  A lot of the commentary has been borderline apocalyptic because share prices of oil companies have declined, capital […]  More »

Commentary: The far reaching impact of lower oil prices

Despite an unrelenting focus on the recent rout in oil, there have been a number of other significant swoonings across commodityland™ which have also been rather noteworthy  More »

Oil’s Mixed Signals

Oil prices stabilized last week amid reports that the US rig count has fallen close to 25 percent from its peak in October 2014. Yet even with some positive news about oil demand trends in December, analysts are assessing the surplus in oil markets for the first quarter of 2015 to be 2.5 million b/d […]  More »

Action Needed to Protect Rate Discount Program

The money was collected from ratepayers to help needy ratepayers, and spending it on any other purpose would be to break a covenant with Texans.  More »

A Meaningless Poll on Global Warming

The New York Times, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future recently collaborated on a public opinion poll on global warming.  The Times then ran a long article stating that “ an overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming.”  Surprise, Surprise! For over 20 years, […]  More »

What Lower Prices at the Pump Mean for the US Economy

The price drop we have seen at the pump in recent months has been nothing short of spectacular. It has provided the equivalent of a huge tax cut to the US consumer, considerably boosting disposable income (chuck bucks!*). But as my fellow countryman Geoffrey Chaucer said some 640 years ago, all good things must come to an […]  More »

The Great Alaska Shut-Out

The “great Alaska shut-out” may be how future generations describe Sunday’s announcement on ANWR – the most recent salvo in a series of unilateral federal actions to close Alaskan energy development. Closing large areas of federal land and waters in Alaska to oil and natural gas development limits the energy potential of Alaska, deprives the […]  More »

Arctic Energy is Critical in Lone Star Country

As Texans like to point out, we could be considered a country unto ourselves. Fiercely independent and always willing to celebrate our distinctive status, we have lots of reasons to brag. That said, Texas also has a unique relationship with Alaska, which may not be obvious to all of us who live in this great […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

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

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Balanced Energy

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

Federal Permitting Reform Should Apply to Keystone XL

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

Climate Skepticism: Today’s Witch Hunt and McCarthyism

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

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

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

84th Texas Legislature: Energy Consumer Watchlist

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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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