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Energy Quote of the Day: On Major Oil Field Development Woes

July 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Field Issues

The hits keep on coming for companies invested in the North Caspian Operating Company, the consortium developing Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil field. One of the world’s largest and most complex oil field development projects, Kashagan has been plagued by delays and cost overruns for years.[read more]

What We Don't Know About Economic Climate Change Impacts

July 24, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Climate Change Economic Effects

Relatively recent econometric literature examines the impact of weather/climate on a variety of outcomes of economic interest. In order to provide an estimate of a climate impact you need two things: An estimate of how a sector responds to a change in weather/climate and projections of future climate.[read more]

Geoengineering - Insanity? All the More Reason to Discuss It

July 22, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Geoengineering and Hard Choices

Is geoengineering the key to solving the global climate change problem? That’s the kind of question that evokes a knee-jerk reaction from those who consider it, including me. I believe we’re already doing enough geoengineering on the planet, albeit unplanned and perhaps unintended.[read more]

Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

July 22, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Efficiency Failures

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption your goal can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time. But for every goal, there’s a wrong and right way to reach it.[read more]

Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Needs

July 21, 2014 by Rod Adams

Dominion Energy is planning a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia that will have two branches, one that goes to the Tidewater area near Norfolk, VA and one that goes into North Carolina. Dominion started surveying the route, but local landowners resisted.[read more]

Drought and Energy: An Interesting Water/Energy Nexus

July 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

If we look at water as a supply chain, it is easy to spot the similarities to the traditional electricity supply chain, which consists of generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption. The water supply chain is comprised of water sources, transport, treatment, and consumption.[read more]

Oil Companies Gambling Billions of Dollars Ignoring Realities of a Carbon Constrained World

July 14, 2014 by Kevin Grandia
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Right now, oil companies are investing billions in long term plays in very carbon intensive fuels, like Canada's oil sands, while at the same time there are more and more signs that strict regulations on such operations are on the horizon in the near-term.[read more]

Facing the Risk in Fossil Fueled Electricity

June 20, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Fuels and Risks

I recently wrote about how our risk tolerance affects our estimation of the social cost of carbon, but obviously that’s not the only place that risk shows up in our energy systems. Fossil fuel based electricity is also exposed to a much more prosaic kind of risk: the possibility that fuel prices will increase over time.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Gulf of Mexico 2014 Production Shut in by Storms Seen Higher than Last Year

June 13, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf of Mexico Production

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a relatively mild hurricane season, but even a fairly quiet season like last year can lead to disruptions to offshore crude oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.[read more]

How Ambitious Are the EPA's Proposed Carbon Dioxide Reductions?

June 5, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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EPA Carbon Ambitions

The Obama administration’s proposed carbon reductions are larger than what the EIA predicts would happen without regulations, but are smaller than reductions that would be achieved if the carbon intensity of the economy or power sector declines at the same pace it did between 2005 and 2013.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Not Everyone is Going to Survive'

May 31, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Unconventional Energy Companies

 

Bloomberg research indicates numerous companies operating in various US shale plays are severely overleveraged, with interest expenses making up significant double-digit percentages of revenue in many cases. The problem is comparatively expensive shale wells.[read more]

Surfing the Volatility Curve: Interview with Jason Wangler

May 27, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Jason Wangler has over five years of equity research experience focused on the exploration and production and oilfield services sectors of the energy space. Jason previously worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Dahlman Rose & Company before moving to Wunderlich Securities.[read more]

Trillion-Dollar Question: Are Oil Companies Over-Investing in High-Cost Projects?

May 26, 2014 by Reid Capalino

Oil Companies and Investment Risks

Despite significant risks to long-term global oil demand (including from the need to reduce CO2 emissions), over the next decade oil companies may spend $1 trillion to develop new high-cost oil production. This post surveys how such expenditures will affect investors, and how investors can respond.[read more]

Changing the Discussion: It's All About People

May 15, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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People and Changing the Discussion

“It’s always amazing when a United Nations report that has global ramifications comes out with little fanfare.” So starts an article in Forbes magazine talking about the most recent UNSCEAR report on the consequences of the Fukushima accident in Japan.[read more]

Putting Productivity Back Into Energy Production

May 13, 2014 by Jim Baird

Production and Efficiency

From each barrel of oil, cubic foot of natural gas or ton of coal produced economic winners and losers are inevitably created. But it doesn't actually have to be that way. We can produce the energy we need and remedy climate change at the same time.[read more]