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Wind Power In Trouble on Two Fronts

This post was written by Lavanya Sunder, who interned at the Baker Institute Energy Forum and is a student at Lamar High School Wind power is being squeezed on two fronts. Natural gas prices remain low, limiting the financial incentive to install wind capacity. Meanwhile, the Chinese government continues limit the supply of rare earth […]  More »

How Predictive Indicators Fall Short When It Comes To Gasoline

As companies adopt increasingly sophisticated ways to reach customers or identify trends, they are getting super-sleuthishly good at coming up with predictive indicators. I’ve come across a couple of somewhat wacky ones in the last week, and I thought I would share them (especially as regular readers already know that quirky indicators are the way […]  More »

Heartland Emails Address Politics, Not Merits of Arguments

Mainstream media had something of a field day last week over alleged leaked documents from the Heartland Institute that purport to show the organization’s funding sources and its 2012 strategy. After reading at least a half a dozen articles about these leaked documents, I was left wondering: so what? The implication is that the source […]  More »

In 2012, Let’s Align U.S. Energy Policy with Global Reality

By Michael J. Economides I have waited for a couple of months for 2012 to mature before I put this piece out. (Even with past successes in predictions the anemic economy and the US elections make for a difficult punditry on the future.) The New Year opened with a sobering warning on energy policy and […]  More »

Dodd-Frank Handicaps U.S. Oil Companies, Favors, Russia China And Chavez

By Michael J. Economides Say what you want about the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill: necessary to protect consumers, a stranglehold on the economy, a must to fix up Wall Street. Whatever your opinion, there is a small provision in this colossal 2,319-page measure that deserves the attention of everyone concerned about the future competitiveness of […]  More »

The Cost of $100 Crude

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi’s statement in mid-January that $100 constitutes a “fair” price for a barrel of crude appears to have been met with uncharacteristic agreement across OPEC member states. In an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier at the […]  More »

SEC Oil Rule Jeopardizes US Competitiveness

The Obama Administration is once again showcasing its inability to understand issues concerning American competitiveness in the global marketplace, as well as its hostility toward U.S. oil companies. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with the encouragement of the President and many of his Congressional allies, is finalizing a new regulation requiring domestic companies to […]  More »

Is It a Jungle Gym or an Electric Charging Station?

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Public electric vehicle charging stations are starting to pop around Houston and other cities in a noticeable fashion. According to eVgo, nine are currently operational around town (six of which are in parking lots of Walgreens stores). Recently, while driving […]  More »

Import Oil Grows Trade Deficit

In recent months, we’ve seen some positive economic data that indicates that an economic recovery may be underway.  So, why is the U.S. trade deficit – the difference between the value of what we are importing and what we are exporting – growing? Part of the reason is that Americans are starting to spend more, […]  More »

Warning: New Proposals Would Increase Energy Prices

How much would you pay for electricity? How high would prices have to go before you’d voluntarily live in the dark? If you own a small business, would you ever consider going without electricity? The truth is we’ll pay almost anything to keep the lights on. Unlike many commodities, electricity is absolutely essential for modern […]  More »

Something Borrowed, Something Knew

Speaking at a conference has a number of benefits; it makes you research the pants off the topic you are speaking about, you get to meet random yet fascinating people, and you get to hear about topics that are not necessarily directly relevant, but interesting. So reviewing my notes from last week’s AMM conference I thought it would be useful to share some of the random facts I was presented […]  More »

GM Unplugs from Business Realities with Chevy Volt Re-Launch

General Motors just announced that it is going to relaunch its Chevrolet Volt. To paraphrase a down south saying, you can put a dress and lipstick on a dog, but it’s still a dog. The Volt, like the EV-1 before it, is a car that is not ready for prime time and is a monument […]  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.

Commentary: Career growth means embracing change

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

Government Overhaul: Long Overdue

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: Solar to be leading source of electricity by 2050?

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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