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Current Factors Affecting Longer-Term Pricing For Natural Gas and Crude Oil

Given the focus placed on prompt month commodity price movements, it’s easy to ignore the bigger picture and forget….this isn’t everything they are. So here are six pertinent factors which are impacting the bigger picture: the longer-term outlook for our dearly beloved commodities. 1) CRUDE OIL - The latest zinger of a market-mover for crude oil, and specifically […]  More »

Guest voice: Complaints decline, but still three times higher than pre-dereg years

Here’s another good news, bad news story for the Texas electricity market.  More »

Supercommittee Countdown Carries High Stakes for Oil, Gas

As the deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction report (November 23) approaches and we eagerly await its recommendations, one thing is abundantly clear: The time for talk is over. Substantive solutions are needed to address our economic woes. Images of action instead of real action will be see for what they are, […]  More »

Holes Discovered in Scientist’s ‘Climate Skeptic Come Believer’ Story

Though Mark Twain originally provided Rudyard Kipling with the advice to “get your facts first, and then you can distort ‘em as much as you please,” it appears as if some modern day writers have adopted the mantra (“Skeptic Shifts on Warming,” by Associated Press reporter Seth Borenstein, Oct. 31st). Painting physicist Richard Muller as […]  More »

No Time For Delays in Alaska

A diverse group of Alaskan residents, including U.S. Congressmen, Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell, business owners, community leaders and ordinary workers who all support oil and gas exploration and production on the state’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and have written to President Obama to explain why. In the November 9 letter, they outline why development of […]  More »

EPA Recycling Costly Fuel Regulations

Yogi Berra could well have envisioned EPA’s recent plan for Tier III sulfur regulations when he exclaimed “it’s déjà vu all over again.” The arguments used by EPA at a recent Congressional hearing were exactly the same as former Administrator Carol Browner used for the first round of reductions. Where is the evidence that current […]  More »

Fracking & Quakes: Not a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

By Guest Blogger Peter Glover There’s not a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on due to shale gas fracking – official. Except, that is, in the global energy markets. But the ‘whatever-it-is-I’m-against-it’ Marxist (Groucho, that is) eco-activists, together with the constant alarmists in the media, persist in attempting to send tremors through public opinion over shale […]  More »

Horse Racing Canters Back to Energy

Tomorrow (11/11/11), the Summit Energy contingent in Louisville are heading to the hallowed turf of Churchill Downs to celebrate (…good times, come on!) and to witness the seventh race, which will be none other than…The Summit Energy Classic.    As we know, all roads lead back to energy. So as I delved into the schedule for this Friday’s race meet, some themes […]  More »

The Question of US LNG Exports

This post was written by Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. The US Senate has taken up a review of the licensing and permitting of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The issue was addressed in […]  More »

Congressional Disapproval Law Unlikely to Derail Cross State Air Pollution Rule

It is expected that Senator Rand Paul’s attempt to get Senate approval for repeal of the EPA”s cross state poluution rule under the Congressional Expedited Repeal process will fail.  In my opinion, that is a good thing.  While Congress does and should have ultimate responsibility for the most importat legal policies, I don’t think the […]  More »

A better way to track electricity prices

Houston freeways are filled with billboards urging you to “lock in your electric plan now!” and others promising great rates. But you wouldn’t consult a billboard to decide to refinance a mortgage, buy bonds or sell stock; you would do research, consult market indexes or perhaps ask a trusted adviser. And that’s where CenterPoint Energy […]  More »

The Low Carbon Reality

Groucho Marx was not known as a shrewd political analyst but the pursuit of a low carbon economy, reminds me of his definition of politics.  “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere,diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. Since the arrival of the global warming hobgoblin, politicians have been promoting […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

Do we still need alternative fuels?

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Balanced Energy

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

Candidates who engage voters on energy issues will win in November

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.

Microsoft, Lebron James, Greatness and Career Security

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

Murkowski”s Moment

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

More Nuggets on the US Energy Boom

Energy in Motion

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

Building Beyond a Bill

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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

Black Outs and Talking Apes: Electricity and Sci-Fi Movies

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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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