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Friday Energy Facts: Low Crude Oil Prices, Increased Gasoline Demand Lead to High Refiner Margins

May 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Refiner Margins

Gasoline crack spreads in the United States, especially on the U.S. East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months. Crack spreads, which reflect the difference between wholesale product prices and crude oil prices, are a good indicator of refiner profitability.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

May 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Peak Oil and Fuel Booms

Over the last few years, those worried about peak oil have been on the defensive. The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible. So we can declare peak oil dead, right? Chris Nelder, an energy analyst, has a simple answer: No.[read more]

Hamm vs. Powers: Bulls, Bears, Breakeven Prices, and U.S. Oil Output

May 18, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Energy Markets and Energy Booms

Widely divergent views were on display recently with Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm promoting US crude oil exports, Energy Information Administration Chief Adam Sieminski discussing recent oil market lessons and author Bill Powers playing the pessimist.[read more]

First Real Debate on the EU Energy Union Reveals Top Priorities [VIDEO]

May 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Union Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Anders Marvik (Statoil EU Affairs) to debate the question: “Where to next for the Energy Union?"[read more]

Advanced Energy Now: Fueling Stations Get Boost from Low Priced Gas

May 16, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Fueling Stations and Gas Prices

The low cost of natural gas is boosting market acceptance of natural gas vehicles, trucks, and buses, which in turn is increasing demand for the fueling infrastructure to support the growing fleets that use cleaner burning — and increasingly cheaper – natural gas as a transportation fuel.[read more]

Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

May 14, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Biomass and Fuel Replacement

Natural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility was recently constructed to replace natural gas-fired heating.[read more]

The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Red Herring

May 14, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Fossil Fuel Policy and Subsidies

Every few months we hear another round of passionate recommendations that fossil fuel subsidies be phased out to level the playing field for clean energy. Sounds sensible, but there’s reason to think that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies wouldn’t be nearly as transformative as is often suggested.[read more]

Top 20 Risk Factors Cited by the 100 Largest U.S. Upstream Oil and Gas Players

May 11, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Risk Factors

What are US oil and gas producers most concerned about in the current oil price environment and over the longer term? Financial advisory and consulting firm BDO took a stab at answering that question in their annual 'BDO Oil and Gas RiskFactor Report.'[read more]

Natural Gas, Renewables Projected to Provide Larger Shares of Electricity Generation

May 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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U.S. Fuels and the Future

EIA projects that electricity consumption will increase at an average annual rate of 0.8% from 2013 to 2040, nearly in line with expected population growth. Continuing a recent trend toward lower levels of carbon-intensive generation, natural gas and renewable generation meet almost all of the increase.[read more]

U.S. Energy Demand Slows Except for Industrial, Commercial Sectors

May 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

United States Energy Demand and Change

U.S. energy consumption has slowed recently and is not anticipated to return to growth levels seen in the second half of the 20th century. Domestic consumption is expected to grow at a modest 0.3% per year through 2040, less than half the rate of population growth.[read more]

Is United States Energy Independence in Sight?

May 6, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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U.S. Energy Independence Possible?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Annual Energy Outlook features the key finding that the US is on track to reduce its net energy imports to essentially zero by 2030, if not sooner. That might seem surprising, in light of the recent collapse of oil prices and the resulting significant slowdown in drilling.[read more]

Overview of Our Energy Modeling Problem

May 2, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel Limits and Energy Modeling

We live in a world with limits, yet our economy needs growth. How can we expect this scenario to play out? My view is that this problem will play out as a fairly near-term financial problem, with low oil prices leading to a fall in oil production. But not everyone comes to this conclusion.[read more]

While Most Wait for the Federal Government, California May Have Just Broken the Methane Puzzle Wide Open

May 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Methane Risk and Policy

Methane from oil and gas operations is a serious climate risk, but also a ripe opportunity to make a huge dent in overall greenhouse emissions. This past week, the state of California took a big, and long-awaited, step to address the challenge.[read more]

Projections Show U.S. Becoming a Net Exporter of Natural Gas

May 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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U.S. Natural Gas Exports

In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015, the Energy Information Administration expects the United States to be a net natural gas exporter by 2017. After 2017, natural gas trade is driven largely by the availability of natural gas resources and by world energy prices.[read more]