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 Big Shift in Energy is a Complete Reversal of Fortunes

As we all read the 2012 economic reports last year we collectively thought of the right technical terms—the results sucked!  GDP growth had slowed to 1.5%, unemployment rates remained stubbornly high at 8.2% over average nationwide but the damage to youth, black and Hispanic and those with less than college educations are still horrible.  Clearly we Read more about The Big Shift in Energy is a Complete Reversal of Fortunes[…]

The Big Shift in Energy is Underway

The United States is engaged in a fierce debate over energy strategy, policy and production. 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 resources.  These rules are being promulgated as a consequence of a Read more about The Big Shift in Energy is Underway[…]

The Duke Mess

Do you remember when you were a kid and got into trouble with your siblings?  At my house, at least, my Dad would line us up and say ‘I don’t know which one of you caused this mess, but if I use my belt on each of your backsides I’ll know I got the guilty Read more about The Duke Mess[…]

Too Much of Two Good Things

The Pacific Northwest is experiencing too much of two good things.  The region is blessed with high quality, low cost hydropower generation which serves as the backbone of the power generation system.  Over the past decade, the Colombia River corridor has sprouted a sizable fleet of wind generation. So what’s the problem, you ask? The Read more about Too Much of Two Good Things[…]

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[…]

Putting Competition to the Test in Renewable Energy

One of the solar’s largest trade shows is being held in San Francisco July 9-12, 2012.  The Intersolar North America exhibition and conference for solar professionals to exchange information and develop business opportunities in the U.S. solar market may turn into a large job fair.  The problem is like the solar industry itself there may Read more about Putting Competition to the Test in Renewable Energy[…]

Rio+20 Economic Reality Check

The latest economic statistics are out and it is not good news.  The Federal Reserve’s latest projections for the U.S. economy show significant deterioration as previous GDP growth and other projections since the last report in April.  For example, change in real GDP was 1.9 to 2.4% compared to 2.4 to 2.9% in the April Read more about Rio+20 Economic Reality Check[…]

Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

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[…]