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Category: Energy Economics


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

Two Ways Energy Storage Will Be A True Market Disruptor In The U.S. Power Sector

September 7, 2018

Via: Forbes

The term “market disruptor” is seemingly thrown around for every new technology with promise, but it will be quite prescient when it comes to energy storage and U.S. power markets. New energy storage projects in the U.S. are making solar […]


Energy Economics

Bank of America downgrades Chevron, citing risk of losing some overseas production deals

September 6, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is getting less optimistic on Chevron shares due to rising competition over energy deals. The firm lowered its rating to neutral from buy for Chevron shares, saying the renewals for the company’s key Asian projects […]


Conventional Fuels, Energy Economics, Nuclear

Billions At Stake: Should We Invest In Struggling Power Plants Or Communities Facing Closures?

August 23, 2018

Via: Forbes

FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal and nuclear power plants are facing serious economic challenges, along with the workers and communities that depend on them, and are hoping for a billion-dollar annual bailout from the Trump Administration. The company filed a deactivation notice […]


Commercialization, Energy Economics, Renewable Energy

Tax Equity Financing For Utilities: Another Helping Of Renewable Energy, But Hold The Tax Credits

July 18, 2018

Via: Forbes

Many consumers want more of their electricity to come from clean energy sour1ces like wind and solar. And many regulated utilities have responded, adding a record number of renewable energy projects to their portfolios, relying, in part, on federal tax […]


Energy Economics

Global energy investment in 2017 fails to keep up with energy security and sustainability goals

July 17, 2018

Via: International Energy Agency

The electricity sector attracted the largest share of energy investments in 2017, sustained by robust spending on grids, exceeding the oil and gas industry for the second year in row, as the energy sector moves toward greater electrification, according to […]


Energy Economics

Trump’s China Tariffs May Deal Solar a Second Tariff Blow

June 18, 2018

Via: Renewable Energy News

President Donald Trump’s latest batch of proposed tariffs includes a familiar target — solar. Buried as an obscure-sounding item in a 10-page Trump administration list of Chinese products that are set to be taxed at an additional 25 percent are […]


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 […]