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Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?

With an almost eagle-eye-view of the Rocky Mountains from his office in Denver, Robert Attai advises clients on the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones. A partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell, his...

Posted August 27, 2014    

A Quiet Confession: China Cuts 2020 Shale Gas Goals in Half  

China quietly cut its 2020 goals for shale gas, a goal that was so ambitious that few took the number seriously.The goal – to ramp up from zero commercial production of shale gas to 60-80 billion cubic meters by 2020 – was met with skepticism both...

Posted August 20, 2014    

Not on My Balance Sheet: Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, and Stranded Assets

This week is shaping up to be rough for the US coal industry. The EPA is holding hearings on plans to dramatically cut carbon-dioxide emissions released from US power plants and the Obama administration just published a report on the economic...

Posted August 4, 2014    

A Shift and a Slowdown: A Look Behind China’s 1H Oil and Gas Data

Data for the first half of the year is trickling in on the world’s largest energy consumer. Here, we take a look at the trends behind the numbers.Crude imports are up, but that’s only half the story.Imports of crude oil rose 10.2% to around 6.13...

Posted July 21, 2014    

Emissions Markets with Chinese Characteristics, or how Transparency is Key

China’s highly anticipated pilot carbon markets are up and running, with the notable exception of Chongqing, but already the lack of transparency, pressure from big business and government-owned enterprises, manipulation of data and over allocation...

Posted May 28, 2014    

In Colorado, Local Fracking Debate Holds National Implications

In Colorado, commercials on the benefits of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) pepper the airways like political messages in the lead up to a presidential election.An oil and gas boom over the past decade saw wells creep closer to the metropolitan...

Posted May 12, 2014    

Plotting China's Air Quality: The Good, The Bad, The Un-Breathable [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s common knowledge that the air in China is bad. After all, the country uses 50% of the world’s coal.But just how bad the air is – is it unhealthy or lightly polluted? – is more than just semantics. It’s been the source of debate and controversy...

Posted April 21, 2014    

Shale Gas Blooms in China? Not So Fast

When China released its 2015 targets of 6.5 billion cubic meters of shale gas a few years back (source, in Chinese), it looked like the goal was out of reach. At the time, the country had zero commercial shale gas production and domestic natural gas...

Posted April 10, 2014    

Reading the Tea Leaves: Chinese National Oil Companies' Diverging Strategies

First, BP dropped plans to invest in a refinery in Qinzhou. Then PetroChina delayed plans for it’s Kunming refinery, part of a larger plan that includes a pipeline linking Southwestern China to the Bay of Benegal through Myanmar (bypassing the...

Posted April 7, 2014    

Powering Myanmar: FDI, Geopolitics, and the Appetite for Risk

In the last article of Breaking Energy’s series on Myanmar, we take a look at the state of foreign investment. For more on the challenges facing the government and how the country uses electricity, see the first article. For details on the...

Posted March 31, 2014    

Powering Myanmar: Investors Watch Closely as Government Cautiously Cuts Subsidies

In the second part of our series on Myanmar’s power sector, Breaking Energy takes a look at the pricing structure and future demand projections. Both are integral to understanding the third installment on independent power producers (IPPs) and...

Posted March 24, 2014    

Powering Myanmar: The Tricky Tale of Natural Gas, Hydro, Protests, and Foreign Investment

In this series on Myanmar’s power sector, Breaking Energy takes a look at the dynamics of the sector, what’s driving change, how foreign investors are getting involved, and the challenges facing the government. In Part I below, we examine the state...

Posted March 19, 2014