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Visualizing Disruptive Technology Pay-Off

We face today an enormous challenge of making sense of the complexity that swirls around us.  It is not just data; it is the context in which stuff is happening that could change the insight we get from the data.  It is not just volatility; it is the trade-off analysis that slows decisions for fear Read more about Visualizing Disruptive Technology Pay-Off[…]

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Smart Grid History: The Bad, the Good, and the Revenge of the Customers

When the short history of smart grid is written someday, I predict it will include four chapters: Government industrial policy and political correctness Market rationalization of the policy mistakes Customer aggregation, choice and revenge The return to rational energy economic equilibrium In Chapter 1 we will hear all about the first phase of smart grid Read more about Smart Grid History: The Bad, the Good, and the Revenge of the Customers[…]

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When Will Disruptive Technology Shift Power to Energy Customers?

Image via CrunchBase The power of disruptive technology to reshape and change the dynamics of competitive markets is not necessarily in the products we use.  Often it is in the ideas that make those products attractive to customers.  The more attractive the products the more transformational their use can be in competitive markets when customers Read more about When Will Disruptive Technology Shift Power to Energy Customers?[…]

How We 'Fracked' the Energy Industry—-for the Good!

SOURCE: US EIA The energy industry is being turned on its head by changes in technology, regulation and global markets. In oil and gas the shale revolution onshore was unleashed by technology changes in 3D seismic imaging making E&P more accurate and productive, horizontal drilling enabling access to the ribbon-like shale and tight oil formations, Read more about How We 'Fracked' the Energy Industry—-for the Good![…]

Time to End the Renewable Fuel Standard

On August 10, 2012 The US Department of Agriculture released a specialized crop forecast sure to send corn prices higher than their already record setting $8 per bushel.  The USDA report said corn production would be “sharply lower” down 22.6 bushels per acre to 123.4 bushels per acre making the current harvest the lowest forecast Read more about Time to End the Renewable Fuel Standard[…]

WoodMac Attack

Bloomberg reported rumors that McGraw-Hill had out bid it and others at 1.1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) for energy consultant and advisory service provider Wood Mackenzie.  Wood Mac is being flipped by Charterhouse Capital Partners which acquired it in 2009 for 520 million pounds in a fire sale.   Other suitors in the auction according to Read more about WoodMac Attack[…]

Will National Energy Policy ‘Evolve’ to a Clean Energy Standard?

Clean energy is something everyone is ‘for’.  Few people are in favor of dirty energy.  But the problem is the definition of what is clean depends upon who you ask.  We will say we are in favor of clean renewable energy, when polled, until a wind producer tries to site a wind turbine near us, Read more about Will National Energy Policy ‘Evolve’ to a Clean Energy Standard?[…]

Put America’s 'Spare' Oil Productive Capacity to Work

Global oil prices are driven by a ‘rule of thumb’ that suggests prices will go up when the spare capacity of oil available on any given day is less than 5% of expected global demand.  In today’s high priced oil market that swing in spare capacity is about 2%. This a big deal because traders Read more about Put America’s 'Spare' Oil Productive Capacity to Work[…]

The Cushing Manifesto

“Right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast.  And today, I am directing my administration to cut through red tape, break through bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority.”  —President Barack Obama That was the Read more about The Cushing Manifesto[…]

Solar Goldilocks Symbolism in Tariff Decision

Not too big.  Not too small.  It was just right! That seems to be the key takeaway from the decision by the US Government to impose import duties on China solar panels ranging from 2.9 percent to 4.73 percent to match the level of government subsidies received by the Chinese manufacturers.  The US International Trade Read more about Solar Goldilocks Symbolism in Tariff Decision[…]