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Statoil Chief: Energy Policy is Economic, Security, and Environmental Policy

May 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Statoil Chief and Energy Policy

Energy issues are more complex and interconnected than ever before, and for this reason energy has become front and center in many debates unfolding on national and international stages. Energy policy involves economic, security, and environmental facets.[read more]

Why a Climate Treaty or Carbon Tax Is Unlikely

April 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Treaties and Taxes and Likelihood

For a long time colleagues have argued that we must limit greenhouse gas emissions via a binding international treaty. Often the same colleagues will say that we need to limit emissions by pricing carbon to discourage its use. As economists say: all things held equal; that solution should work.[read more]

Our Oil Problems are Not Over!

October 4, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Pricing Problems

If a person reads US newspapers, it is easy to get the impression that all of the world’s oil problems are over. But this is not really the case, as a major piece of the world’s oil problem is high price. Prices continue to be far above historic levels.[read more]

Fracking May Provide Most of US Energy Despite Environmental Concerns [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 4, 2013 by Mia Shaw

Fracking and US Energy

If fracking continues, it will provide over half the energy supply of the U.S. in 2 years. Proponents of farcking also argue that natural gas could replace coal and oil as the major energy source worldwide, subsequently reducing CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent.[read more]

Beware Energy Efficiency Overpromises

August 5, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Over the past decade, energy efficiency has come to be seen as a fast, cheap and even profitable way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But behind the scenes a growing number of economists and energy analysts are challenging these assumptions.[read more]

Energy Policy and Liquified Natural Gas: To Export or Not to Export?

May 14, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

LNG tanker

President Obama is preparing to decide how much liquified natural gas (LNG) from the the U.S. boom in shale natural gas production it makes sense to export. Economically and geopolitically a lot hangs in the balance.[read more]

Market designs for Tres Amigas: How about trilateral market coupling?

October 21, 2009 by Michael Giberson

More thoughts on economic issues related to the Tres Amigas project, an ambitious proposal to connect the Western, Eastern, and Texas electric grids via a three-way high tech transmission link located in eastern New Mexico. (Earlier: Tres Amigas intro and Economics for …). Europeans have had several years of experience connecting...[read more]

The future of natural gas prices: a view from October 2009

October 7, 2009 by Michael Giberson

A short Associated Press item from last week provides a perfect illustration of the near-meaninglessness of the daily post-market story interpreting price moments. Natural gas prices tumbled yesterday after the government reported the United States is using so little that it has more in storage now than at any other time on record. The...[read more]

The Rebound Effect and the Backfire Hypothesis

September 18, 2009 by Charles Barton

Energy writers who are in the green camp, continue to tout their belief in energy efficiency as a major tool in the effort to mitigate global warming. Nuclear critics like Amory Lovins have argued that efficiency produced "negawatts" make nuclear generated megawatts unneeded. Critics of the negawatts approach have noted that economists...[read more]

Overproducing US Oil?

September 17, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

Tuesday morning I dialed into an API media teleconference concerning the administration's latest proposals on energy taxation and access. During the call API's President, Jack Gerard, mentioned the recent Congressional testimony of a Treasury Dept. official who suggested that current policies were promoting "overproduction of US oil and...[read more]

Brazil Flexing Its Muscles

September 16, 2009 by Robert Rapier

A couple of years ago I was thinking about the possible fates of various nations in a world in which depleting oil reserves begin to have a very strong impact on oil prices. I had visions of $100+ oil and eventually $5-10 gasoline, which would place a crushing burden on the U.S. economy.Of course higher prices will motivate people to...[read more]

Another reason why retail regulation is obsolete: atrocious incentives

September 8, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

While I am musing on the problems with the traditional regulatory model in electricity, as in my prior renewables feed-in reverse auction post, I am going to pile on (yes, it is like shooting fish in a barrel, but it’s the first day after a long holiday weekend, so cut me some slack, OK?). I was simultaneously excited and appalled on...[read more]