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Six-month electric-plan prices rise and a look at the “green premium”

A quick recap of recent moves in retail electric pricing.  More »

Dems Push “Reasonable Profits Board” to Control Corporate Prices

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and five other House Democrats proposed this week that the government establish a “Reasonable Profits Board”—an advisory committee with the power to directly control profits of a huge sector of the U.S. economy: our oil and gas industry. But there’s nothing reasonable about it. This proposal is another example of […]  More »

The Analogy Strikes Back! (The Energy/Star Wars One)

Given the popularity of last week’s post linking natural gas to Star Wars, I figured I would try to be a one-trick pony squeeze as much mileage out of this one as I could. Since some readers were flabbergasted at the omission of certain characters, here are some new analogies, with the emphasis on the crude complex. Boba Fett = Somali pirates. The ultimate modern […]  More »

Labor Dept Reports U.S. Jobs Boom in Oil and Gas as Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

When asked why he robbed banks, infamous mid-20th century criminal Willie Sutton would reply in a matter-of-fact manner: “Because that’s where the money is.” Applying that logic to America’s current unemployment situation should lead the Obama administration to look to U.S. energy resources. Because that’s where the jobs are. The Labor Department’s latest data makes […]  More »

What Natural Gas Could Mean for Us

The United States continues to see breakthroughs in natural gas: Not only in the multiple shale formations around the country, that are producing volumes of fuel large enough to transform the nationwide energy outlook, but also in Washington, where the White House recently issued a report outlining the multiple economic and environmental benefits of natural […]  More »

The Covert ‘War’ In Iran

By Peter C Glover and Michael J. Economides The assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist on the streets of Tehran immediately cast suspicion on the obvious and usual suspects, the Israeli Mossad and America’s CIA. But Israeli writer Caroline Glick posits a third equally credible suspect: Iran’s internal opposition party, the Green Movement (no connection […]  More »

Current Natural Gas Fundamentals Explained Through Star Wars Characters

Recently I’ve been sounding like a broken record as I keep referencing how natural gas prices are re-enacting a certain scene from Star Wars. It’s the one where the Millennium Falcon is being inextricably pulled towards the Death Star by a tractor beam…except in naturalgasworld™, natty is the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star is below the $3 […]  More »

EPA To Fine U.S. Gas Producers $6.8 Million For Not Using Nonexistant Fuel

Over the past few years, EPA regulatory initiatives have led to a lot of head scratching over why Lisa Jackson and her lieutenants were acting in ways that made it difficult for the President to spark an economic recovery. The agency’s latest rules (Boiler MACT, Utility MACT, NAAQS revisions, etc.) offer good examples. They represent […]  More »

Shale in Texas: The Next Game Changer

There was a bit of unusual news in the oil sector this week, when a major Tokyo company paid $1.3 billion for a 35% stake in Hunt Oil Company’s holdings in the Texas shale formation, Eagle Ford, and said it planned to drill several hundred wells on the site over the next five to ten […]  More »

Iran and Hormuz

Escalating tensions over Iran’s threat to block the Strait of Hormuz have contributed to a several dollar rise in the price of oil over the past two weeks, portending an even higher oil price security risk premium that could emerge – were Iran to become a nuclear power. Analysts are already predicting a large oil […]  More »

Resolutions for All of Us

You probably would not be surprised to learn that the majority of New Year’s resolutions concern two topics: weight and finances. In the spirit of fresh starts as we kick off 2012, we offer some tips for smart energy consumption to live by, particularly if you are aiming for a thinner waistline or a fatter wallet. […]  More »

Economic Opportunity and Energy Security — Not False Choices

Last week the newly appointed head of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, penned a scathing opinion piece that claimed the Keystone XL pipeline would “cost the American people far more than we can afford.” To paraphrase an old saw, the author is entitled to his opinion, but he is not entitled to his own facts. Indeed, […]  More »
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Amy Myers Jaffe

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

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-productive To Industry’s Safety Goals

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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.

Job negotiations: If you feel you’re getting a raw deal, you probably are

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Capitolizing on Energy

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

America’s New Energy Paradigm

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

It’s Good to be Bad

Energy in Motion

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

CPUC Abandons Safety in PG&E Decision

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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 Mailbag: Discounts Set to Expire?

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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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