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How the Energy Revolution is Supporting Texas-Sized Economic Growth

America is in the midst of an energy boom. We all know this. We also know the positive impact it has had on our nation’s balance sheet. The U.S. is now set to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude production, and it has already passed the former as the world’s largest producer of natural […]  More »

Time to “Simmer Down” on Fiscal Crises

Fiscal brinksmanship – those seasonal scenarios during which our government tiptoes to the edge of the latest government shutdown, fiscal cliff, or sequestration – has become as much a part of the Washington political culture as seersucker on summer Thursdays. And thanks to the fact that we have grown accustomed to funding our government through […]  More »

TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

After four straight years of declines, electric consumer complaints increased in Texas during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an analysis of regulatory data by the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But despite that setback, Texans nonetheless filed the second fewest number of complaints with the state’s Public Utility Commission in fiscal 2014 than they […]  More »

Supporting the fight against breast cancer: good. Pink drill bits: not so much…

I fully support any effort to cure any kind of cancer, and it certainly seems the people behind the campaign were well-meaning and sincere when they decided to go ahead with the idea (the mother of one of those involved died of the disease), but set against the oil & gas industry’s ongoing efforts to attract more women, it’s my opinion that the campaign could unintentionally be more divisive than uniting.  More »

Streamlining Transparency for the Energy Network

With growing populations across the U.S., energy demand is skyrocketing, driving innovation within the pipeline industry. Many companies have turned to Internet advancements, utilizing smart sensors and software, providing nearly immediate updates. Updating our aging infrastructure with new technological innovations will ensure continued safety throughout the energy industry, and streamlining the efficiency of energy distribution. […]  More »

Energy Day Festival Links Future Generations with Future Prosperity

The U.S. Dept. of Labor announced in October that the number of job openings in the U.S. has reached 4.8 million, the highest since January 2001. In addition, a recent report by Manpower, a worldwide staffing company, predicted that the number of jobs in the energy sector, unquestionably one of the nation’s fastest growing industries, […]  More »

New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

Like the unluckiest dog at the animal shelter, an under-utilized website intended to help Texans reduce their energy consumption is having a hard time finding adoptive parents. The website, SmartMeterTexas.com, is currently operated by a coalition of transmission and distribution utilities. Those monopoly utilities — with the support of retail electric providers — want the […]  More »

Here’s one oil & gas industry outreach program you should definitely stand behind

The message is so important, and the company pushing that message is so appropriate, that I can’t help but be really, really enthused about this latest outreach effort from one particular and very significant player in the oil & gas industry.  More »

Pipeline Modernization Needed to Embrace Energy Potential

“You cannot understand economics unless you understand energy. The industry is carrying the rest of the U.S. on its shoulders. Without the energy boom going on, there would be no economic recovery at all.”   – Stephen Moore, Chief Economist for the Heritage Foundation, at the Shale Insight 2014 Conference This month, the City of Pittsburgh […]  More »

The Corruption of Science

The late Dr. Michael Crichton in a speech at the California Institute of Technology made the following observation: “I want to …talk about … the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus […]  More »

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The above phrase is from the translation of  ’plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great, but also highly applicable to a veritable selection of shenanigans going on across energyland™.  First up – or actually first and second up, are two examples […]  More »

Commentary: What does it take to call yourself a “professional”?

Being a professional isn’t then just receiving payment in exchange for a service. It represents a state of “being”, a code you set for yourself that encompasses not only expertise in your chosen field, but also striving for to meet the highest standards of moral behavior and personal conduct.  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

The Spoils of War: US Diplomacy Must Focus on Conflict Resolution Over Oil Revenues

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Balanced Energy

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

How the Energy Revolution is Supporting Texas-Sized Economic Growth

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.

Supporting the fight against breast cancer: good. Pink drill bits: not so much…

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

Time to “Simmer Down” on Fiscal Crises

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

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Energy in Motion

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

Streamlining Transparency for the Energy Network

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Flatt Out Environmental

Environmental law and energy with Victor Flatt

Let the complaints begin…

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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

TCAP Report: Electricity Complaints on the Rise

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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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