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0 Apr 1 2011 @ 10:53am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management

Burrito bites

I bid you good day and welcome to Q2, on a day which is jam-packed with action – Nonfarm Friday, global manufacturing data, April Fool’s Day, Method Man’s 40th birthday, the list goes on…I am actually going to shy away from any kind of April Fool’s prank – not because I can’t think of a good one (of course I could, ahem), but because there are more serious matters at hand (although this bean could solve the energy crisis). Conflict in MENA continues apace without any clear sign of resolution, while Japan remains fighting the threat of nuclear disaster. Crude is up to a 30-mth high on continued uncertainty, while natty keeps running into the wall of resistance at $4.40, dusting itself off, then charging again. In celebration of Q2…c’mon, let’s chew!:  

–Why buying and selling energy is a smart grid advantage (with reference to Summit’s acquisition).

–The state of Japan’s power grid…and 66 pages on the aftermath in Japan.

–Where Americans are most miserable.

$100 oil = $1 trillion in export revenue for  Opec.

–Six things March madness can teach us about business.

–Food inflation is hidden in tinier bags…while NYT talks Rosie talks the pinch from food and gas costs.

–34 creative wine racks and cellars.

Natural gas and liquid fuels production in MENA.

–7 Mark Twain quotes to live your life by.

–Middle East Leaders try to buy off protesters. ($4k per person in Kuwait, $2.5k/family in Bahrain).

–10 creative ways to use old tennis balls.

–Obama: more energy production, efficiency needed

–Banana peel can purify water.

–Ten dying industries.

–Why does toilet water move when it’s windy outside?

–Residential demand-response is gathering momentum (..with the best first line of a blog post ever).

–Interesting corn / ethanol stats.

–Helpful flowchart: I dropped food on the floor; do I eat it?

Libyan oil exports slow in pace.

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the Week goes to the first injection of the year into storage for natural gas (spring is here!!!)….unfortunately, we will see a withdrawal next week (boo…).

The Burnt Burrito Award of the Week goes to stubborn dictators. 

The Burrito Headline of the Week  goes to the Houston Chronicle’s Fuelfix – Schneider Electric acquires Summit Energy (and Energy Burrito).

Have a rambunctious weekend!

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