energy future

Changing Contract Expiration Dates Will Affect Crude Oil Futures Comparisons

February 4, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Futures

A change to the North Sea Brent crude oil futures contract is altering the way prices for Brent futures are compared to futures prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil. Beginning January 29th, the Brent contract will expire, or rollover to the next month.[read more]

Low Oil Prices: Why Worry?

October 1, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices and Economic Anxiety

Most people believe that low oil prices are good for the United States, since the discretionary income of consumers will rise. There is the added benefit that Peak Oil must be far off in the distance, since “Peak Oilers” talked about high oil prices. Thus, low oil prices are viewed as an all around benefit.[read more]

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

October 20, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Natural Gas and the Future of Energy

A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.[read more]

Does Energy Have a Place in the Sharing Economy?

September 17, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Energy and the Sharing Economy

A shared electricity future is still that: the future. But it’s not necessarily so futuristic. A shared economy in energy is looking less like The Jetsons than something that’s just around the corner. I bet we’ll be ubering up kilowatt-hours before long – and before we get into a flying car.[read more]

Renewables: The 'Energy of the Future'

June 22, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and the Future

Recently the 37th annual International Association for Energy Economics International Conference kicked off in New York. Renewable energy is not only a hot topic in the media but also a frequent topic of discussion among experts at this year’s highly interesting sessions.[read more]

What To Look For in an E&P Company: Foucaud's Secrets for International Investing

June 13, 2014 by Jim Patrick

International Energy Investment

Stephane Foucaud is managing director of institutional research at FirstEnergy Capital LLP. Before joining FirstEnergy, he was head of oil and gas research at Fox Davies Capital and senior oil and gas analyst at Société Générale in London, covering Royal Dutch Shell, BP, BG Group, Statoil and Cairn Energy.[read more]

The Future of Energy in Turkey, Part II

June 2, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Turkey's Energy Future

When in Istanbul, we visited the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and learned about Turkey's plan is to expand renewables, nuclear power, coal, and hydropower. In Ankara, we met with advocates and experts, and gained a fuller appreciation for Turkey's energy and climate future.[read more]

How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

April 22, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It's a witty commentary on the frequency of fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in energy storage conferences. Many will transform into data analytics events.[read more]

Oil Limits and Climate Change: How They Fit Together

April 14, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Climate Change and Oil

We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same time, oil is reaching limits, and this has an effect as well. How do the two issues fit together?[read more]

In British Columbia, Mulling the Role of Natural Gas in a Sustainable Energy Future

April 2, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

British Columbia and Natural Gas Debate

British Columbia finds itself at the forefront of the global debate on natural gas, and its role in the future of energy. Some 15 energy company consortiums are vying to build massive export terminals on the Pacific coastline of Canada’s westernmost province, with an eye to shipping gas to Asia.[read more]

Hawaii: A Postcard from the Future of Energy

February 25, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Hawaii and Energy

From an energy perspective, Hawaii is unique. Located in the middle of the Pacific, the Aloha State runs on imported oil. But its island environment—from sunny days to active volcanoes—also holds the keys to a future powered by renewable energy.[read more]

A Forecast of Our Energy Future; Why Common Solutions Don’t Work

January 31, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Futures and Solutions

In order to understand what solutions to our energy predicament will or won’t work, it is necessary to understand the true nature of our energy predicament. Most solutions fail because analysts assume that the nature of our energy problem is quite different from what it really is.[read more]

The First Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

January 7, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are a number of prognostications about 2014 Smart Grid trends, but this article offers a longer and broader view out to 2020, a milestone year for renewable portfolio standards in twelve states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington.[read more]