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Category: Energy Economics


Conventional Fuels, Energy Economics, Nuclear

Trump Administration May Give Mouth-To-Mouth To Resuscitate Coal Industry

May 21, 2018

Via: Forbes

The Trump administration may try to resuscitate the coal industry by using laws that, in effect, conclude that national security is at stake because the reliability of the electric grid is at risk. That is a hard case to make […]


Energy Economics

Tax Credits and Solar Tariffs Affect Timing of Projected Renewable Power Plant Deployment

May 18, 2018

Via: Energy Collective

The timing and magnitude of adding wind- and solar-powered electricity generators to the U.S. grid are sensitive to federal policies, especially federal tax credits that are currently scheduled to expire or diminish by 2022. In addition to the Reference case […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels, Energy Economics

NAFTA? Tariffs? TPP? Trade Deficits? Let’s Pay Attention To Oil

April 20, 2018

Via: Forbes

Lost amid all the controvery over NAFTA, TPP, Chinese tariffs and steel tariffs, and bilateral trade deficits is what will almost certainly have a far more significant and enduring impact on the global economy, on global security, on geo-politics, than […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

President Trump’s Tariffs Threaten To Blunt America’s Booming Energy Sector

April 19, 2018

Via: Forbes

President Trump has been a boon to the U.S. oil and gas industry since he took office last January, but his tough stance on trade the couple of past month threatens to reverse the substantial progress that’s been made. Make […]


Energy Economics

How President Trump and Congress Can Make Energy Infrastructure Great Again

April 18, 2018

Via: Energy Collective

President Trump has been vocal on the need to improve America’s infrastructure. Given his background as a businessman and high profile for building things, upgrading the nation’s infrastructure has been a natural fit. Much of the public dialogue and the […]


Energy Economics

New Federal Tariffs Can’t Stop US Solar Industry, But States Still Can

April 16, 2018

Via: CleanTechnica

Just a couple of months ago, renewable energy advocates warned that President* Trump’s new solar tariff would kill off 80,000 jobs in the US solar industry this year. Whelp, the 30% tariff on imported photovoltaic panels went into effect on […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels, Energy Economics

Oil prices hit more than 3-year highs on Middle East tensions, US-Russia war of words

April 11, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

Oil prices hit new 2018 highs as rebels in Yemen launched new missile strikes on top crude exporter Saudi Arabia and as the market continued to worry about escalating conflict between the United States and Russia in Syria. Brent crude […]


Energy Economics

Can Shale Oil Producers Restrain Their Animal Spirits?

April 10, 2018

Via: Forbes

Investors have been calling for shale producers to avoid overspending because it could mean too much production which would drive down oil prices and leave them unable to service their debt. Needless to say, other producers such as OPEC would […]


Energy Economics

Tariffs On Chinese Solar Products Hurt U.S. Jobs – Here’s Why

April 6, 2018

Via: Forbes

President Trump recently imposed tariff increases on Chinese solar cells and modules, important components in solar energy generation. The intent was to punish China, whose solar giants like JinkoSolar, JA Solar, and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd. together dominate […]


Energy Economics

U.S. Energy Is Breaking All Kinds Of Records – Are You Participating?

April 3, 2018

Via: Forbes

If you recall, during the second presidential debate in October 2016, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that the U.S. is “now, for the first time ever, energy independent.” Many were quick to point out the inaccuracies. For one, the U.S. has […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

US still driving oil investment recovery

March 26, 2018

Via: Petroleum Economist

Executives see plenty of enticing opportunities, but spending will be heavily weighted to the US and they can’t commit without signs of a sustained path toward higher-priced oil Total global energy industry spending will rise by 7% this year, to […]


Energy Economics, Mainstream technologies, Renewable Energy

SunPower: Tariff Exclusion Would Free Funds to Open New US Solar Manufacturing Facilities

March 20, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

Solar industry stakeholders filed applications with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week seeking exclusions from the Trump administration’s 30 percent tariff on importedsolarproducts. Requests were due Friday night and a total of 55 comments were ultimately received, […]


Energy Economics

OPEC warns Trump’s trade policies could slow economic growth and dent oil demand

March 14, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies threaten to slow global economic growth and dampen oil demand, OPEC warned Wednesday. The potential fallout from Trump’s recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is one of several headwinds the 14-nation oil […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, World

Trump Plans Budget Cuts That Would Give China A Huge Gift In The Emerging Energy Economy

February 1, 2018

Via: Forbes

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is prepared to ask Congress for a massive reduction in the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs, cutting these efforts by 72% for fiscal 2019. While the Post […]


Commercialization, Energy Economics, Renewable Energy

The Inconvenient Truth About Renewables and Storage Lurking in Lazard’s Latest Cost Analysis

November 9, 2017

Via: Greentech Media

Financial advisory firm Lazard is out with its eleventh annual levelized cost of energy analysis. It shows renewable energy costs continue to inch ahead of conventional generation. But the data is also a reality check. While wind and utility-scale PV […]