Jun 9 2015 @ 11:23am by Daniel Holder in Blog, Electricity, energy consulting
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
Feb 10 2015 @ 9:57pm by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management
Despite an unrelenting focus on the recent rout in oil, there have been a number of other significant swoonings across commodityland™ which have also been rather noteworthy. This played out naturally in my head as ‘noily’ (aka, ‘not about oil’…although, as we know, everything is interlinked).
As it turns out, noil is actually a word – meaning a short fiber left over from spinning silk. Trying to find an istockphoto image of said noil, this picture of a gnarly alpaca showed up instead. I then looked up ‘no oil’, and an alpaca image showed up again. Fate it would seem. So here is a post which is not about spinning silk, gnarly alpacas, or oil. » read more
Aug 15 2014 @ 11:46am by Matt Smith in Global Energy
While I’ve been digging into a bunch of different commodities recently, there have been a number of interesting bits and bobs relating to coal that I’ve been squirreling away. Hence, here are ten tidbits that I wanted to share: » read more
Jan 14 2014 @ 11:04pm by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy
I have pilfered from him before, and I will no doubt pilfer again. For Mark Twain is an excellent source of inspiration. Apparently, he said something along the lines of ‘reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated‘ in relation to a misinformed newspaper article about one of his relatives. Regardless, it has been ringing in my ears recently as I have been reading about coal. For despite the anthracitical fuel being the red-headed stepchild of the energy complex, talk of its demise would appear misplaced. I present my case henceforth. » read more
Sep 20 2013 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random
Happy Friday! Crude prices have headed lower this week as Syrian tensions ease…only to be propelled higher by non-tapering…only to be ushered lower by the reason for non-tapering (economy not strong enough). Meanwhile, natural gas rallied on expectations for a bullish storage number, only to retrace when it materialized. As higher temperatures wane and the peak of hurricane season passes, prices settle down around the 200-day average. Snacks ahoy! » read more