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Defrosting the Energy Price Freeze

February 14, 2015 by Kelby Twyman

Energy Price Regulation

In 2013, Ed Miliband waged a political war on energy companies in the United Kingdom. This was to help the Great British public from being smothered under the weight of ever increasing energy bills. But what he didn't notice was that this freeze was defrosting right in front of him.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities Seem to Have Concrete Shoes On'

February 7, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Utilities and Financial Risk

Since 2004, average residential electric prices have risen 39% to 12.5 cents per kilowatt hour, while sales remain lower than they were in 2007. If utilities continue to raise prices, then more consumers will embrace energy saving devices. This dynamic could create a cycle of falling revenues and rising costs for utilities.[read more]

Is Wall Street Overlooking NGL Price Impact on US Oil and Gas Producer Earnings?

January 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Prices and Investor Impact

When supplies of dry US natural gas swelled several years ago as companies honed their shale resource development skills, gas prices dramatically declined. This caused natural gas producers to shift drilling operations into more liquids-rich areas and adjust their production more toward oil.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Halfway Between $50 and $100"

January 23, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse Impacts

The steep and fast oil price decline is hitting companies hard, with projects cancelled and workers being laid off. As analysts scramble to evaluate which companies are most vulnerable in the lower oil price environment, some are trying to figure out when oil prices might recover some of their recent losses.[read more]

Wholesale Power Prices Increase Across the Country in 2014

January 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Power Costs Up in 2014

Wholesale on-peak electricity prices were up at trading hubs all across the United States between 2013 and 2014, driven largely by increases in spot natural gas prices and high energy demand caused by cold weather in the beginning of the year.[read more]

2014 in Review: Shale Energy's First Price Cycle

January 7, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Shale Energy Price Cycle

Oil market volatility was the story of the year, with the dominance of geopolitical risks finally yielding to surging supplies. Of the two energy revolutions underway, shale wields the bigger stick for now, while the growth of renewables gathers momentum. All of this has implications for 2015 and beyond.[read more]

Energy had Larger Price Declines than Most Nonenergy Commodities in 2014

January 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Price Declines in 2014

The first eight months of 2014 were much like 2013, as energy commodities remained in a relatively stable price range. During the last four months of 2014, however, crude oil and petroleum product prices fell dramatically, and ended the year with the largest price drops of all major commodities.[read more]

European Residential Electricity Prices Increasing Faster than Prices in United States

November 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Residential Energy Price Changes

European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices, and the gap has widened in recent years. In 2013, average residential electricity rates in European Union (EU) countries were more than double rates in the United States.[read more]

Missing The Big Picture About California's Low Electric Bills Again

November 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Energy Bills

Despite all the facts, the myth that Californians pay a lot of money for their electricity every month continues to be perpetuated, with its proponents using their misguided interpretation of the data to justify their claim that California shouldn’t be the model for developing a clean energy future.[read more]

$80 Oil Is the New Normal Minimum: Interview with Bob Moriarty

November 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick
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Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet over 10 years ago. They later added 321energy.com to cover oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal, solar, wind and nuclear energy. Both sites feature articles, editorial opinions, pricing figures and updates on current events affecting both sectors.[read more]

What's So Great About Fixed Charges?

November 5, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Fixed Charges

There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills. The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges, instead collecting all of their revenue from households through usage-based charges, called volumetric pricing.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

October 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Benchmarks and Oil Prices

When analysts and media discuss crude oil prices, they typically refer to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.[read more]

Distributed Marginal Price: The New Metric for the Grid Edge?

August 27, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Metrics for the Grid Edge

The grid is changing from a one-way, centralized electricity delivery system to a distributed, networked system for generating, storing and consuming power, and the technology is changing a lot faster than the economic and regulatory systems that govern it.[read more]

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

August 13, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Ending the Net Metering War

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing forth the future hope of a policy that works for both utilities and for the solar energy industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.[read more]

The Myth of Price

May 22, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Energy External Costs

Our society’s prevailing economic zeitgeist assumes that everything has a price, and that both costs and prices can be objectively calculated, or at least agreed upon by parties involved in the transaction. There are some big problems with this proposition.[read more]