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Still One Of Our Greatest Resources

The United States isn’t running out of oil, but you might think otherwise given the rate at which we are producing this valuable natural resource. This analysis takes a fresh look at the relation between oil supply, oil demand, and production levels by plotting world crude oil demand since 1970 against U.S. crude oil production. Demand, […]  More »

Solar Feedstock: Does the Middle East Have What It Takes?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Last week’s decision by Evergreen Solar to file for bankruptcy shakes more than just the shareholders. The latest among a surge of bankruptcies and plunges in profits of solar industry heavyweights such as First Solar and SunPower, Evergreen Solar’s rapid […]  More »

America’s Resource Renaissance

American oil industry leadership groups such as the National Petroleum Council and the American Petroleum Institute have been meeting in recent months to fashion new frameworks for the industry to ensure best practices for oil and natural gas drilling. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the task at hand is proving highly […]  More »

Double Dip Dogma or Blip not Dip?

The term ‘double dip’ is being bantered around an awful lot this week, so it seemed prudent to take a closer look at why. Some digging into the current data reveals why this belief exists: Ok, it is very easy to be pessimistic at this current juncture. To put things on a more even keel, here’s some focus on the positive aspects of […]  More »

Federal Analysts Finger Government For Gas Price Volatility

When gasoline prices rise, as they did earlier this summer, politicians are quick to blame oil companies. When prices begin to decline, as they are now doing, the same politicians become mute. If they point fingers when prices go up, should they give plaudits when those prices go down? The fact is oil companies deserve […]  More »

Economic Crisis and Commodities, via Winston Churchill

In times of market turbulence like this, I find it useful to do two things: make simple observations, and seek solace in the wisdom of others. So this week I have turned to the most voracious voice of reason, Winston Churchill, to help me make some sense of this all. This is what he has told me: […]  More »

Syria: To Sanction or Not To Sanction?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. In response to the ongoing violence plaguing Syrian cities, the Obama administration is toying with a new plan to sanction Syria’s oil and gas industry. The plan rests on two assumptions: first, that sanctioning Syria’s energy industry sector will wreak […]  More »

The Keystone Pipeline and Canadian Oil

The Keystone Pipeline and Canadian Oil By Michael J. Economides As the national debate concerning the debt and America’s credit worthiness continues to escalate, another debate is raging in the Midwest over the future energy security of our nation. The issue at hand being the approval of the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project; known more […]  More »

The Summer of Policy, Part 3: Fuel Economy Standards

Here is the third and final guest post by my colleague, Commodity Analyst Eric Bickel, Esq, who has written a trilogy of posts for Summit Energy’s blog The Water Cooler based on the flurry of energy policy initiatives announced this summer. For a final time, take it away, Eric… The third and final part of the “Summer of Policy” series takes a […]  More »

Can the Shale Gas Revolution Be a Green One?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. July was a rough month for the shale gas industry. Marcellus shale wells faced permit suspensions for the withdrawal of water from nearby streams, the media issued reports that various toxic chemicals released during production were migrating to America’s water […]  More »

$8 Million Price Tag of Failed Wind Park Exemplifies Fault of Energy Policies

After five years and $8 million dollars, developers have scrapped plans to build a $400 million stored-energy park in Iowa due to questions over its viability. The project aimed to collect off-peak wind energy, by compressing air into an underground aquifer and then bringing it back during peak usage periods. In theory, the output would […]  More »

The Summer of Policy, Part 2: Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards

This is the second guest post by my colleague, Commodity Analyst Eric Bickel, Esq, who has written a trilogy of posts for Summit Energy’s blog The Water Cooler based on the flurry of energy policy initiatives announced this summer. This one relates to air pollution standards. Take it away, Eric.. Welcome back to the “Summer of Policy” series! In the […]  More »

Jaffe: ‘Saudi Oil Price Mojo Stronger in a Recession’

Iran, Venezuela and Iraq may rue the day that they sent Saudi Arabia home empty handed from the June 8 OPEC meeting.  More »

Facts, Figures, and the Future of Solar Power

After covering random topics in previous posts such as Jatropha and Algae, I felt it time to delve into solar power, after being inspired by a number of recent catalysts (from our parent company Schneider Electric opening the first dual voltage solar farm in the US last week in Tennessee, to a most amazing documentary called YERT, to @lattmee goading me into buying a photovoltaic t-shirt). Anyhow, I […]  More »

The Summer of Policy, Part 1: Cross-State Air Pollution Ruling

This is a guest post by my colleague, Commodity Analyst Eric Bickel, Esq. He has written a trilogy of posts for Summit Energy’s blog The Water Cooler based on the flurry of energy policy initiatives announced this summer. So here is the first part, discussing CSAPR, the Cross-State Air Pollution Ruling: Summer 2011 is quickly becoming known as the […]  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.

Openness, honesty needed from the oil & gas industry to address climate change

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

Our Snookered President

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: The shakeout in US shale

Energy in Motion

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

Is Your Energy Bill Too High?

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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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