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Posted By: Randy Burns - Senior Market Intel Analyst, Direct Energy Business
On: February 21, 2014
Conventional wisdom may say that natural gas is the primary fuel of electricity generation in the PJM region given the following two facts: 1.     The Calendar Year 2014 strips for NYMEX Henry Hub and PJM West Hub have been approximately 95% correlated since 2008. 2.     Natural gas usage for power  more...
Posted By: Kirk Edelman - Global Chief Executive Officer Energy Finance, Siemens Financial Services, Inc.
On: February 19, 2014
Last May, I wrote an article for EnergyPulse on shale gas as a potential game changer.  Since then, the developments in shale have taken the word ‘potential’ out of the equation.  Consider Siemens’ recent shale gas projects.  Recently, Siemens Energy received an order from Panda Power Funds to supply two power plant units  more...
Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: February 14, 2014
Having spent more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry I have seen my fair share of hydro-carbon price fluctuations. So it has not come as a complete surprise to me that the "shale gas" phenomenon has had such a dramatic impact on North American Natural Gas prices.  more...
Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: February 5, 2014
The shale revolution is old hat to me. In my book THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF OIL (1980), I referred to shale oil as an important part of the energy reserve of the United States (U.S.), and if I remember correctly, that remark did not ignite any criticism from the gentlemen  more...
Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: January 28, 2014
A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data has apparently claimed that the United States (U.S.) will soon surpass Russia as the largest (combined) producer of oil and natural gas in the world. Normally I would be sure to pass this information to my energy economics students the next time  more...
Posted By: Gerry DeNotto - Managing Director, MalekRemian, LLC
On: January 17, 2014
Accepted for publication on December 5, 2013. A character in Shakespeare's As You Like It asks "...can one desire too much of a good thing?" New England is testing the quote's implicit admonition with its growing dependence on natural gas-fired power generation. Over the last ten years, the New England  more...
Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: January 8, 2014
The shale revolution is old hat to me. In my book THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF OIL (1980), I referred to shale oil as an important part of the energy reserve of the United States (U.S.), and if I remember correctly, that remark did not ignite any criticism from the gentlemen  more...
Posted By: Chris Dubay - Senior Analyst, Market Intelligence, Direct Energy Business
On: December 12, 2013
Last winter, New England experienced the highest average natural gas and electricity prices in the country. On any given day, New England natural gas markets have the highest and most volatile spot prices in North America. When temperatures plummet during the peak of winter, weather demand increases at such a  more...
Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: December 5, 2013
Normally I wouldn't bother to broach this subject again, because for the last decade or so, economic and political misunderstandings, lies and delusions are everywhere and inescapable, and so a sensible contribution might not be appreciated. But according to a recent article on the important site 321 Energy, the shale  more...
Posted By: Jessica Kennedy - Energy Consultant, Energy Curtailment Specialists
On: November 8, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants.  This would permit new coal plants to emit no more than 1,300-1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.  While  more...

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