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Energy 24/7: The Shale Revolution - A Bust for Investors [PODCAST]

March 27, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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We have all heard of the “shale revolution." It has been touted as the energy panacea of our time. Given the extreme hype, one would expect that such enthusiasm would translate into above average share performance for shale operators. This has not been the case.[read more]

The Shale Debt Redux

March 26, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Shale debt, falling prices and slack demand has tight oil producers in trouble. And yet, there is still burgeoning production. Why? Well, we’ve seen this before. It’s the shale debt redux. Operators did it a few years ago in natural gas and prices have yet to recover.[read more]

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

March 25, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Coral Davenport wrote a story in the New York Times about the political debates in Washington regarding the proposed Keystone pipeline: “… most energy and policy experts say the battle over Keystone overshadows the importance of the project as an environmental threat or an engine of the economy."[read more]

Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

March 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Ozone in Western States

Long familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development.[read more]

Look Out for "Market Ingenuity" from Stressed LNG Project Developers

March 24, 2015 by Rod Adams

LNG and Market Competition

With the hundreds of billions of dollars at stake around the world in LNG infrastructure projects, nuclear professionals need to pay close attention to the fact that “market ingenuity” for LNG producers can include efforts to force nuclear plants to shut down.[read more]

New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides, and a Lawsuit

March 24, 2015 by Christina Nunez

Government Fracking Rules and Reaction

No sooner had the Interior Department released new regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on about 756 million acres of federal and Indian land than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”[read more]

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

March 23, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's Changing Keystone Oil Pipeline Stance

March 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Pipeline Policy and Rhetoric

President Obama has used increasingly negative rhetoric in recent months when discussing the Keystone XL pipeline. The President’s remarks have left most observers with the impression that he will reject the controversial pipeline’s permit and cancel the project once and for all.[read more]

How to Make Money in the Chaos of Oil and Gas: Interview with Stephane Foucaud

March 20, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Stephane Foucaud is managing director, institutional research, of FirstEnergy Capital LLP. Before joining FirstEnergy, he was head of oil and gas research at Fox Davies Capital and senior oil and gas analyst at Société Générale in London, covering Royal Dutch Shell, BP, BG Group, Statoil and Cairn Energy.[read more]

South Africa's Shale Gas Potential

March 19, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

South Africa is undergoing changes to its energy supply, from renewable energy, to two new coal plants, with the possibilities of shale gas exploration. As the country is a net importer of gas from its neighboring Mozambique and Namibia, efforts are increasing to secure oil and gas domestically.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Technology is a Competitive Advantage'

March 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Technology and Energy

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A law that has been proposed would allow for commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters.[read more]

Power Can Be Both Clean and Reliable

March 19, 2015 by Doug Vine
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A number of analysts have raised concerns that the proposed Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing power plant carbon emissions, could threaten the reliability of electric power. But a closer look at the U.S. power system and the safeguards in place suggests that these reliability issues are manageable.[read more]

Electricity Saving Campaign in Brazil Obscures Energy Challenges

March 19, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

Brazil and Energy Challenges

The once electric buzz surrounding the prospect of Brazil as an emerging market powerhouse is no more. International investors are losing their taste for the country and it’s weakening economy, remarkable considering just a few short years ago Brazil was heralded as a harbinger of a new global economic order.[read more]

Oil Price Decline Leads to Lower Tax Revenues in Top Oil-Producing States

March 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Prices, State Revenues

Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, and Oklahoma are four of the five top oil- and natural gas-producing states, and they derive a significant share of their unrestricted operating revenues from taxes on oil and natural gas production. But the decline in spot oil prices has reduced production tax revenues.[read more]

Despite Rising Tensions, Europe to Remain Russia's Main Gas Customer [VIDEO]

March 16, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Russia, Europe, and Fuel Supplies

Tatiana Mitrova, Head of the Oil & Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute in Moscow, joins Hughes Belin on viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster to analyse the consequences of troubled European Union-Russia relations for energy trade.[read more]