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Macquarie's Brian Bagnell: Forget Peak Oil, Worry About Peak Demand

February 28, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Oil, Demand, and Energy Markets

 

Brian Bagnell, CFA, is a research analyst in Canadian oil and gas company analysis for Macquarie Capital Markets in Calgary. He was formerly an investment associate at the NB Investment Management Corp. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Brunswick.[read more]

Low Oil Prices Are an Act of Economic Warfare: Veteran Investor Bob Moriarty

February 19, 2015 by Jim Patrick
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Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet almost 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]

Methane Hydrates are a Promising Energy Resource

February 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Methane Hydrates Fuel Source

Methane hydrates are getting increased attention as a major new source of clean hydrocarbon energy. These enormous deposits of natural gas have never been developed commercially, but research and development has been promising, and expectations are that the gas could begin coming to market within a decade.[read more]

Michael Waring Has Seen the Energy Downturn Movie Before, and He's Not Worried

February 8, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Before forming Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. in 2000, Michael Waring served from 1985 to 1999 as a vice president, director and portfolio manager at KBSH Capital Management Inc., a private investment management firm with over $10B under management.[read more]

Increase in Average Gasoline Prices Ends 17-Week Streak of Declining Prices

February 4, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Prices and Market Trends

EIA conducts a survey of gasoline prices each Monday, and the most recent survey showed the U.S. average regular retail gasoline price increasing for the first time in 18 weeks. The national price averaged $2.07/gallon on Monday, up 2.4 cents from a week earlier.[read more]

Understanding Oil Demand, Oil Prices, and Climate

February 3, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

For 27 years in my graduate energy seminar, I’ve struggled to convince bright master’s and PhD students that oil prices might actually result from competition rather than a price-fixing conspiracy of oil companies and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel. But this year, my task was easier.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Currency Depreciation Against the Dollar Affects Oil Importers and Exporters Differently

January 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Markets and Currency Values

The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices, depending on whether a particular country is a net importer or a net exporter of crude oil.[read more]

Are Private Markets Effective for Rural Electrification?

January 13, 2015 by Becky Mawhood
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Almost 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. According to the IEA universal energy access could be achieved across the region by 2030, but rural electrification would require investment of around $20 billion per year.[read more]

My 2015 Energy Predictions

January 12, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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For the past 5 or 6 years, I have begun the year by making predictions for the upcoming year in the energy markets. I am generally happy if I can hit on 60-80% of them. In 2014 I went 5 for 5, but I can say with a fair amount of confidence that this is a feat that’s unlikely to be repeated for 2015.[read more]

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Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the End of OPEC

January 10, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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Saudi Arabian oil fields/shutterstock

Saudi Arabia just refused to cut production to arrest tumbling oil prices. In effect, the owner of the most valuable fossil fuel reserve on Earth just started discounting for a future without them. While they would never state this reasoning publicly, their actions speak on their behalf. And that changes everything.[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]

Is OPEC Washed Up?

December 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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As oil prices continued their slide following OPEC's meeting on Thanksgiving Day, speculation has grown concerning whether the cartel might have finally run its course. Is OPEC now at the mercy of market and pricing forces that are beyond its control?[read more]

Turbulent Times Call for Insulated Investments: Interview with Steven Salz

December 27, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Investment and Volatility

Steven Salz is an event-driven and special situations analyst at M Partners. Before joining M Partners he worked in a generalist equity research role at a major Canadian bank, in its internal retail asset management group. Prior to that Salz worked as a private Canadian defense contractor.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Oil Prices are Expected to Remain High Enough in 2015'

December 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Prices in 2015

The US Energy Information Administration recently slashed its 2015 oil price forecasts, but the statistical arm of the DOE still expects total oil output to increase to volumes not seen since 1972. It will take some time before current lower oil price levels manifest in lower US oil production volumes.[read more]

Saudi Oil Export Concerns Detailed; Renewable Energy Opportunities Identified

November 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Saudi Oil Exports and Renewables Opportunities

Increasing domestic Saudi Arabian energy demand bumping up against volumes of oil available for export is an issue we have followed closely, and a new report from the International Energy Agency provides some updated detail on how the kingdom is addressing its energy dilemma.[read more]