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Energy Economics

The IEA’s Latest Forecast Is Out: How Reliable Are The Price Scenarios?

October 14, 2020

Via: Forbes

The IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook has been released and at a ‘mere’ 464 pages, did not crash the internet. (When I was a boy, we would say its release meant the death of many trees for the printing.) As […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, State

West Virginia Natural Gas Power Project Shelved

October 13, 2020

Via: Power Magazine

A developer has shelved a 920-MW natural gas–fired power plant planned for Brooke County, West Virginia, citing “changing conditions in the energy and financial markets” and alleged coal industry interference. Energy Solutions Consortium (ESC), a single purpose entity engaged in […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

Trump unveils plans to end bifacial exemption, raise solar import tariff rates

October 12, 2020

Via: PV Resources

The Trump Administration in the US has set in motion plans to repeal the exemption for bifacial panels within Section 201 trade tariffs, while also increasing the proposed tariff from 15% to 18% from next year. The White House has […]


Energy Economics

What Should Oil Companies Do With Their Cash?

August 18, 2020

Via: Forbes

After the oil industry’s worst quarter in history, companies are taking a variety of approaches towards their finances, and getting a variety of advice and criticism from the pundits and media. Saudi Aramco’s decision to maintain its dividend has been […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

Solar-friendly US infrastructure bill inches forward as it passes House

July 2, 2020

Via: PV Resources

A bill which promises to revamp solar support frameworks and stimulate investment in grids in the US has cleared its first hurdle, passing the House of Representatives. H. R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, passed the House yesterday evening by […]


Energy Economics

Federal Regulator Calls For Closer Look At Carbon Pricing: Why That Matters

June 26, 2020

Via: Forbes

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced plans to hold a technical conference on carbon pricing in wholesale electric power markets in late September. This decision comes after a diverse coalition of private energy interests petitioned FERC to carefully […]


Energy Economics

The $3 Trillion Green Plan To Get The Economy Out Of Intensive Care

June 18, 2020

Via: Forbes

The International Energy Agency has outlined a $3 trillion plan to restart the global economy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions, saying that governments have a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to create jobs while decarbonizing infrastructure. Released today, the IEA says its three-year […]


Energy Economics

Congress Is Mulling Renewable Energy Stimulus: They Should Think Bigger

June 10, 2020

Via: Forbes

With discussions in the U.S. Congress underway on the makeup of a ‘Phase 4’ coronavirus stimulus package, multiple reports are identifying clean and renewable energy as a key sector that Democrats hope to support. Although details are still scarce, ideas […]


Energy Economics

Sanders, Warren rally behind calls for post-pandemic lifeline for US renewables

June 8, 2020

Via: PV Resources

The calls on the US to rescue its COVID-hit renewables sector are gathering steam, with high-profile Democrats now lobbying for new aid after the first stimulus package left the industry out. In recent days, former Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

Days Of Violence Also Scramble Northeast Energy Situation

June 3, 2020

Via: Forbes

Following days of rioting that frightened even those of us who remember the 1960’s, a dazed America wakes up in a very different place than before. Still in the midst of civic unrest and a global pandemic, the country also […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, World

Phase One U.S.-China Trade Deal Fails In Energy And Beyond

May 21, 2020

Via: Forbes

When the United States and China signed their historic trade deal in January, many believed that mounting tensions were beginning to thaw. I wrote then on these pages that the Phase One trade agreement was a mere cease-fire in an […]


Energy Economics

Energy, Infrastructure And Economic Needs Provide Unique National Opportunity

May 13, 2020

Via: Forbes

During the past two months of COVID-19 “lockdown”, the United States has watched 30 million jobs evaporate, incurred an additional $2 trillion dollars of debt, seen our national debt exceed the GDP, and still not fixed our infrastructure. In fighting […]


Energy Economics

Trump Ban on Foreign Bulk Power Equipment Triggers New Uncertainty

May 7, 2020

Via: Power Magazine

Declaring a national emergency over threats to the U.S. bulk power system (BPS), President Trump in an executive order (EO) on May 1 issued a sweeping ban on transactions by U.S. persons for electric equipment sourced abroad if the U.S. […]


Energy Economics, News and Policies, U.S.

US suspends plans to buy oil after funding is left out of $2 trillion stimulus package

March 26, 2020

Via: CNBC energy

The U.S. Department of Energy is suspending its plans to buy crude for the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve after the requested $3 billion in funding for the project was left out of the $2 trillion stimulus package. “Given the current […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels, Energy Economics

Texas Regulator To Trump: The ‘Appropriate Time’ To Intervene In Oil Markets Is Now

March 20, 2020

Via: Forbes

During his coronavirus Task Force press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump said he was considering intervening in the situation with the global oil market “at the appropriate time”: “It’s very devastating to Russia because when you look at it, […]