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Are Private Markets Effective for Rural Electrification?

January 12, 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 9, 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]

Energy Quotes of the Day: 'People are Panicking' and 'It's the Economy, Stupid'

November 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Economics and Markets

Benchmark oil prices took a nose dive recently, with both WTI and Brent shedding their recent gains. Prompt-month WTI dipped into $75 per barrel territory on a combination of weak economic outlooks and supply/demand fundamentals.[read more]

Oil Price Slide: No Good Way Out

November 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Price Collapse

The world is in a dangerous place now. A large share of oil sellers need the revenue from oil sales. They have to continue producing, regardless of how low oil prices go unless they are stopped by bankruptcy, revolution, or something else that gives them a very clear signal to stop.[read more]

Is President Obama Manipulating Gasoline Prices?

November 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

For those who tend not to read much past the headline, the answer to that question is “No.” President Obama is not manipulating gasoline prices. If you want to understand a bit more about the issue of falling gas prices during election seasons, feel free to read on.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We Anticipate a Strong Price Recovery'

November 3, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Oil Price Volatility

With all eyes on the global crude oil market due to recent price declines, analysts and investors are frantically searching for the bottom, with some expecting a continued plunge. While there could still be some short-term volatility and downward pressure, Barclays’ analysts see oil prices strengthening again.[read more]

Energy Master Limited Partnerships Go Mainstream: Baird's Ethan Bellamy

October 18, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Ethan Bellamy specializes in the analysis of master limited partnerships at Robert W. Baird & Co. He was director of research for the Lehman Brothers MLP Opportunity Fund, where he was responsible for fundamental analysis and due diligence in public, PIPE and pre-IPO investments in natural resources.[read more]

How (Geo)Political Stability Traded for 'Messy' Democracy in the Middle East Hinders Energy Market Interconnectivity

October 8, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Stability and Energy Markets

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, suggests in an article titled “What can the Middle East learn from the US shale boom?” three ways for regional policymakers to bring interconnectivity to the Middle East’s oil and gas market as well as accompanying infrastructure.[read more]

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Power Markets and the Changing Color of the Grid

September 30, 2014 by Alexander Goodman
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Markets and the Grid

Across the Midwest and Eastern US and into Canada, the extreme weather events of 2014’s winter tested the regional energy markets in unprecedented ways. Successive polar vortexes swept cold over North America and pushed energy prices to record highs.[read more]