0 Jul 20 2015 @ 2:17pm by Daniel Holder in Crude Oil, energy consulting, Global Energy

Three Energy Futures – Part 1 – Crude Oil

coin operated binoculars at a observation point

For the next three posts, we’re going to take a deep look into the future on three commodities important to us here in GR&A: Oil, Natural Gas and Electric Power. The recipe for each section will be one part current events, one part analysis and a pinch of the ever important speculation (it’s kinda like salt, but for forecasters. Add it to taste).

In the crude section, we will discuss OPEC’s market-share capture strategy.  In the gas section, we will touch on how the link between oil and gas will strengthen.  In the power section, we will highlight a specific regulatory development in California that will shed some light on the future of the industry.

 

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0 Jun 9 2015 @ 11:23am by Daniel Holder in Blog, Electricity, energy consulting

Unpacking the Clean Power Plan

Avid Energy Burrito readers may have noticed we received some unwelcome attention recently from a computer savvy team of handbag enthusiasts. Last week, our site was redirected to a website promoting luxury handbags. If you visited during that time, you were probably confused (or delighted) to see we diversified into trendy, name-brand purses at reasonable prices. (Plus free, two-day shipping!) 

Alas, our foray into fashion accessories was short-lived and everything has returned to normal. Under the circumstances, we can’t quite make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear, but we thought we’d use this post to have a little fun at our expense. Enjoy. 

I Can Never Find Anything in Here! – Unpacking the Clean Power Plan

In the world of electricity, local, state and national policies often shape the future of a country’s generation fleet considerably more than the price of coal or natural gas.  The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a prime example of such a policy.  While the EPA has previously placed carbon standards for new power plants, the CPP is the first time the EPA has placed standards on existing power plants. And these standards appear to be far from simply…cosmetic. » read more

0 May 7 2015 @ 7:26am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy

File Under: Dollar’s Loss = Oil’s Gain

This morning’s appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box had me blaming the US dollar’s drop on the recent rally in black gold, Texas tea, in combination with (vague) signs of the US oil market tightening. My segment was also used for this CNBC article.  Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to this morning’s über early showing:

0 May 4 2015 @ 7:54am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, energy consulting, Global Energy

The Flip Side

Just as there is a consequence to every action or two sides to every story, there are contrasting repercussions due to the precipitous oil price drop in the last year. This post takes a look at some such flip sides to see who is benefiting from the recent rout…and who is not.  » read more

0 Apr 14 2015 @ 10:07am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy

File Under: Postulating about Production

As oil prices rally in the aftermath of the EIA’s latest monthly production report, I got to tag-team again with Rebecca Patterson on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning to talk about the key influences on the oil market. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to part of the segment: