Blueprint Look and Feel

The Search for New Energy Market Consultant Leadership

The energy industry has been turned on its head by the impacts of the recession, global energy competition, and new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand renewable energy, and make the power grid smarter. The insatiable energy demand from emerging economies is driving technology change making the oil patch more digital and accessible through Read more about The Search for New Energy Market Consultant Leadership[…]

The Dirty Little Secret of Economic Impacts of Federal Rules

“We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the ‘‘Services’’ or ‘‘we’’), propose to revise our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). These changes are being proposed as Read more about The Dirty Little Secret of Economic Impacts of Federal Rules[…]

High Gasoline Prices and Politics are a Volatile Mix

Nothing infuriates Americans more than volatile, spiking gasoline prices.  Often the causes given for gasoline price hikes seem contrived.  Iran and Israel trade harsh words in press reports and before the ink is even dry of the page oil prices tick up.  Word of a fire at an oil refinery is enough to send prices Read more about High Gasoline Prices and Politics are a Volatile Mix[…]

Don't Mess with Texas, US EPA!

Don’t Mess with Texas!  That was the bottom line in a 23-page opinion by Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly who headed a three judge panel from the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans reviewing the appeal by the State of Texas of the US EPA action denying approval of a state Read more about Don't Mess with Texas, US EPA![…]

The Revenge of Competitive Markets and the Big Shift in Energy Economics

The economy, jobs and the debate over the direction of the country dominate 2012 political campaigns.  Nowhere is the political rhetoric fiercer than on energy issues. Today there is wave after wave of new Federal regulation designed to favor clean energy strategies at the expense of fossil fuels that still provide most of our energy Read more about The Revenge of Competitive Markets and the Big Shift in Energy Economics[…]

Natural Gas is Cleaner, Cheaper, Easier and Riskier

There is much to like in the growth of natural gas as the marginal fuel of choice for power generation.  Clean, cheap, easier to site, quicker to build, fewer regulatory or environmental hassles—-and it cuts emissions 40% compared to coal. A new study by Professor Lawrence M. Cathles, Cornell University, recently published in the journal Read more about Natural Gas is Cleaner, Cheaper, Easier and Riskier[…]

Energy Dodged the Dodd Frank Bullet

Energy industry appears to have successfully dodged a big Dodd Frank bullet with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) decision July 10, 2012 by a 4-1 vote defining a “swap” for energy transaction purposes as largely exempting any regulatory driven environmental transactions.  The types of typical transactions exempted includes environmental commodities, power supply peaking supply Read more about Energy Dodged the Dodd Frank Bullet[…]

Smart Grid versus a New Blue Mustang

When smart grid was in its infancy the toy of choice was a smart meter.  Like a stuffed animal in the crib every home had one.  Now smart grid is reaching adolescence and the toys cost more.  A lot more. The smart grid phenomenon is maturing and that is shifting the way the electric power Read more about Smart Grid versus a New Blue Mustang[…]

Preparing for the Next Boom

It does not feel like recovery.  Recovery is a time for rationalizing the old and positioning for what is to come.  I know it seems like the economy is still in the ditch.  But now is the time to get to work preparing for the competitive, smart-grid enabled, distributed, global energy future. But first we Read more about Preparing for the Next Boom[…]

Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update

On June 26, 2012 the US Department of the Interior extended the comment period on its proposed rules of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands for sixty days to September 10, 2012 at the request of the Governor of Wyoming and others who said they needed more time to study the implications of the proposed rules.  Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules: An Update[…]