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2 Sep 16 2010 @ 10:07am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

The A – Z of Energy

Kryptonite speeds up the aging process

This is one of those random posts I occasionally come up with…this week I figured I’d like to teach the world to sing  see if I could relate the entire alphabet to Energyworld(tm). So here it goes:

A is for Algae – as discussed previously on the burrito, Algae is an unconventional yet plausible biofuel.
B is for Biofuel – US Gov’t has mandated 36 billion gallons of biofuels to be produced in 2022.
C is for Coal – approximately half of the electric power in the US is generated from coal.
D is for Diesel – diesel-powered cars achieve 20-40% better fuel economy than gas-powered ones. 
E is for Ethanol – Henry Ford designed the Model T Ford to run on ethanol.
F is for Firewood – rubbing two sticks together to create fire can exert a lot of energy.
G is for Gasoline – burning a gallon of gasoline creates 19 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Turtle Power!

H is for Heating Oil – the Northeast accounts for 82% of heating oil demand in the US. 
I is for Ice – a company has developed a novel way to store energy as ice.
J is for Jatropha – another unorthodox yet potential biofuel of the future, previously discussed here. 
K is for Kryptonite – is commonly green, and has the power to kill Superman.
L is for LNG – there are 100 Liquefied Natural Gas storage facilities in the US.
M is for Methanol – is blended with gasoline as a fuel, and is also used in, err, formaldehyde.
N is for Natural Gas25% of energy used in the US in 2009 came from natural gas.
O is for Oil – the world’s proven oil reserves = 1,342,207,000,000 barrels.
P is for Permits – Carbon emission permits: up and running in Europe, baby steps in the US.
Q is for Quantum Leapjumping from one energy level to another very quickly.

Citrus Power!

R is for RBOBReformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending…aka…gasoline.
S is for Solar – Germany is the world leader for solar energy in relation to all energy produced.
T is for Turtle Power – heroes in a half shell.
U is for Uranium – is the most widely used fuel in nuclear energy plants.
V is for Vegetable Oil – used oil can be collected from restaurants and filtered to produce a biodiesel.
W is for Wind – the largest offshore wind farm in the world is set to open in the UK.
X is for Xanthidium – found in flint, the original fire starter.
Y is for Yeast power – übergeeky…a potential source of power for generators in the developing world.
Z is for Zest – a citrus-powered clock. What more do you need?

0 Aug 13 2010 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Random

Burrito Bites

Arabian Sea, Aug 9

Happy Southpaw Day!

Stormy seas across the financial world have caused the good ship crude to roll over. Prices have charged lower through $80 as the Federal Reserve confirmed fears of a slowing US economy, while data from China has pointed to economic headwinds (…although self-inflicted, to quell inflationary squalls). US natural gas was buffeted lower at the beginning of the week, but has steadied the ship and has drifted sideways ever since. Equities have been looking like they want to visit Davy Jones’ locker, while bond prices are…King of the world! Ahoy, me hearties, grub’s up: 

–Ten stops on the road to carbon management – article by Summit’s John Hoekstra in GreenBiz this week.

–America’s energy future may lie in Canada’s oil sands.

–Fantastic infographic on the timeline for Back To The Future (h/t MK).

–China’s oil imports fall in July on curbed demand.

–Peak Oil proponent and energy legend / conspiracy theorist Matt Simmons died this week.

A reverse auction for energy efficiency grants.

That's your lotto.

–A hummer built with lottery tickets.

–IEA raises the global forecast for oil demand.

–What’s the carbon footprint of the internet?

Human domino world record.

–Sales of electric cars in Spain increase 16-fold from last year….to 16.

–Balloons glow to show air quality.

–Huge ice island could pose threat to oil, shipping. (h/t LB/NG)  

–A salute to Southpaws everywhere.

–Is Snooki our new investment guru?

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the Week goes to the bond market, for being the voice of reason and quietly pointing out for the past few months that all is not well in the US economy. 

The Burnt Burrito Award of the Week goes to black gold, Texas tea. Last week it boomed into the $80 realm in an over-excited reaction to manufacturing data, only to be brought back down to earth this week with all the gloomy talk and doomy data. 

Burrito Headline of the Week: Goat Rentals for Weed Control.

Burrito Word of the Week: Shaleapalooza.

Have a rip-roaring weekend!

1 Jul 30 2010 @ 10:54am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito Bites

Yep, it's that hot. (h/t MT)

I bid you a happy Friday once again, as the weekend sees us teeter over the edge of July, and into the arms of August. The past week has brought us a shaken snow globe of economic data; mixed, stormy and unsettled. Yet all the while, corporate earnings season in the US has continued the trend of underpromising and overdelivering, ultimately improving market sentiment, and ergo, equity markets. Natty has been given a boost from warmer temperature outlooks, both near-term and for the rest of summer (hot enough to melt ice cream vans) while hurricane season is errant for now. Crude has continued to trade in a tight range betwixt $76-$80, as the choppy sea of economic sentiment keeps it bobbing along.  Anyhow, too much squibbling, not enough nibbling, let’s chow: 

–New BP CEO: We won’t be found grossly negligent. BP counsel: Yes we will.  

–More buns for your buck – the updated Big Mac Index shows the euro is overvalued. 

–Cap and Trade is dead. Long live Cap and Trade!  

–Is it dangerous to drive and listen to sports radio

Kinks in the ethanol message-machine? 

–Everything you need to know about global warming in 5 minutes (on p.7). 

–America’s laziest states

–36ft tall meerkat made out of straw. 

–US refineries still need to trim capacity.

–Why putting a glass of water on your dash helps fuel consumption. 

–Art Berman from The Oil Drum talks about Shale Gas.

–Modern cargo ships travel slower than 19th Century Clippers. 

Monkey Economics

–Are Jedi knights libertarian or socialist? 

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the week goes to Chicago PMI data that was released this morning. With PMI manufacturing data released across the globe on Monday (= August!) – and possibly showing ‘expansion, but slowing expansion’ the pre-emptive data from the Chicago PMI has boosted markets into the weekend, and raises hopes for some decent prints on Monday – fingers crossed. (No contraction from China’s manufacturing sector, please). 

EIA Crude Inventories this week: 7.3 mb build

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week goes to crude oil stockpiles which posted a hueymongous build in weekly inventories this week, growing by 7.3 million barrels versus the consensus of a draw, as imports cranked up last week. 

The Burrito Quote of the Week: “Every depression upgraded to a storm will bring in precautionary short-covering and precautionary evacuations – at least from BP’s rigs. After everything that has happened this summer, that company only needs to hear wind chimes in the Azores and things get buttoned down,” – research company Cameron Hanover. 

The Burrito Headline of the Week: Strongest Beer in the World. Served in a Dead Squirrel

Have a tremendous weekend!

0 Jul 16 2010 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Rather than the usual review, let’s mix it up and take a look at five fascinating / frightening facts gleaned from this week:

1) China has 65 million vacant homes.
2) The chicken came before the egg (h/t DB).
3)  The Rupee’s got a brand new symbol.
4) Illinois has a higher default risk than Iceland.
5) 70% of American office workers eat lunch at their desks, while 22% of office fridges are only cleaned once or twice a year.

Onto the summary platter of market chatter….

–More than half of the new power in the US, EU is green

–The 10 most expensive hurricanes in US history.

Women-only venting store opens in China.

50 ways to depict the Gulf oil spill.

–How supermodels are like toxic assets.

–Clean energy investment holding steady in tough times.

–Wowee – Chinese man drives car across bottled beers.

–Much weirdness: oil back in favor of US drillers after years of targeting gas.

–Biofuels and the subsidies involved.

What does a trillion dollars look like again? (as the US Federal deficit has just passed it).

The Lady Gaga Economy.

–A Candwich (a sandwich in a can!)

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the week goes to World Cup winners, Spain. Viva!!!

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week goes to US coporate earnings season and US economic data. Both of which are giving us mixed signals and a wonderfully muddied outlook on the US economy. 

Have a  splendid weekend!

0 Jun 18 2010 @ 9:57am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random, risk management, Risk Strategy, Technology, UK natural gas

An Energy Perspective

This post isn’t a post – it’s a link to a guest post out on the Houston Chronicle. The guest post is pilfered, cribbed and cropped from a speech I did in London this week for the shindig at Shakespeare’s Globe to launch our UK office. It basically outlines who is going to win the World Cup, through comparing and contrasting various aspects of the energy complex to eight teams. So please click on the below image to be directed away from this imposter, to the real post:

No burrito bites this week – apologies – I will double down on the delicacies next week. Have a splendid weekend!