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Why Natural Gas Prices Collapsed

August 18, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Natural Gas Prices

I have laid out the argument since last winter that because of the deep inventory hole that developed over the course of the exceptionally cold winter, natural gas prices would remain high relative to last year, and that as a result natural gas producers would likely report higher year-over-year profits.[read more]

Richard Kauffman talks New Market-Based Energy System at New York Energy Week

July 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Market-Based Energy Systems

Last week, the 2nd New York Energy Week (NYEW) concluded. At its closing ceremony, the esteemed Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Office of the Governor of New York, offered his thinking on a new energy system.[read more]

Types of Carbon Pricing, Part 2 of 3

May 7, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Carbon taxes define a set price for all emissions from a jurisdiction and a particular time. For jurisdictions accounting for a small proportion of emissions and looking at limited time horizons variations in emissions will have little effect on the stock of GHGs in the atmosphere.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

US Export Bans 101: Markets Defy Artificial Barriers

February 5, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Environmental advocates weighing in against US oil and gas exports and Keystone XL Pipeline need to be wary. The belief that creating barriers to exports and infrastructure will lock oil and gas under the ground is a misplaced one. Markets will clear, as long as the demand for fossil energy remains.[read more]


U.S. 2013 Domestic Energy Supplies Growth Scorecard: Part 1

January 21, 2014 by John Miller

US Domestic Supply Scorecard

Some U.S. Renewables and Non-renewable Energy supplies grew in 2013, and a few did not. Various Energy Advocates and Critics viewed these increases or declines as positive and not so positive developments. Which U.S. domestic energy supplies grew at the greatest rates in 2013?[read more]

Good Energy News: US Energy More Secure and Reliable, Thanks to Efficiency

October 10, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Which energy source has had the biggest impact on meeting America’s energy needs over the past forty years? It’s not coal. It’s not oil. Not wind or nuclear. Believe it or not, it’s even bigger than all of those combined. Our greatest energy resource? Energy efficiency.[read more]

China, Japan, and Chekhov's Gun - Where Does Fracking Fit In?: Interview with Don Coxe

October 5, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Don Coxe has 40 years of institutional investment experience in Canada and the U.S. As a strategist and investor, he has been engaged at the senior level in global capital markets through every recession and boom since the onset of stagflation in 1972.[read more]

Optimistic Banker Sees 'Encouraging Time in the Basins': Interview with Bruce Edgelow

September 7, 2013 by Jim Patrick

As vice president of the energy group, Bruce Edgelow is responsible for helping to build ATB Financial's energy business and capabilities. His team consists of specialists in all aspects of the energy industry, including: drilling and service, pipelines, utilities, midstream, exploration and production.[read more]

The Road to Daegu Series: One Integrated Energy Market for Europe?

July 2, 2013 by Sheila Oliva

Road to Daegu


While Europe is playing a pioneering role in developing a sustainable energy system, there are increasing concerns that the EU is endangering its competitiveness.[read more]

Natural Gas Vehicles Already Big in Italy, Pakistan

March 21, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

The sudden abundance of natural gas in the US triggered a startling divergence of crude oil and natural gas prices that, in turn, has energized the advocates of using more gas in transportation.[read more]

Locking In Gas Prices

October 5, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

I recently received an offer from my household natural gas supplier, Washington Gas, to lock in my gas purchases for the next 12 months at a price of $0.699/therm. They reminded me that I had paid as much as $0.96/therm and as little as $0.68/therm over the last 12 months, before distribution charges, so on the surface this looks like a...[read more]

Derivatives markets, storage and price volatility

May 11, 2010 by Michael Giberson

I found this discussion of spot oil prices, futures prices, and commodity storage to be insightful: [R]ecent evidence suggests that the combination of derivative prices and storage stabilized rather than destabilized the oil markets. Indeed, during the run up in oil prices at the beginning of 2008 the spot price for oil was considerably...[read more]

Electricity: Ready for Centre Stage (Part 2 - Energy Challenges in an Interdependent World

March 1, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

    Here, then, are some of the energy-related challenges that form the backdrop to our world’s heightened electricity expectations…   The last two decades have seen some extraordinary changes in the world – changes that have only been accelerating. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, centers...[read more]

"Cheap" Natural Gas Soars by 15% in a Single Day Based on Better Economic News and Less Gas Going to Storage

September 11, 2009 by Rod Adams

As a long time observer of energy markets, I have maintained a continuing skepticism as many people assured the world that we were entering into a lengthy period of low, well-behaved natural gas prices. I have heard that before and watched as the fuel's natural volatility took over and prices see-sawed with great drama. Though natural...[read more]