Shale Growth in other Nations: How Realistic is it?

American leadership in developing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in shale oil and gas plays is spreading around the world making it possible to extract previously uneconomic oil and natural gas resources from shale.  These resources are often called unconventional because the horizontal drilling and fracking are newer techniques than the conventional methods of Read more about Shale Growth in other Nations: How Realistic is it?[…]

Pure Essence of the Laws of Physics

Instantaneous, in perfect balance, universal—those are characteristics of the electric power grid.  Imagine anything else in your life with such exacting standards.  No, I am not talking about your honey–do list! More than 100 years after we learned to harness the laws of physics to create light, power machinery, and put it to work to Read more about Pure Essence of the Laws of Physics[…]

Super Committee Target # 1: Energy Subsidies

The super committee created by Congress in its latest act of creative genius is charged with coming up with at least $1.3 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years—or else, across the board cuts hit every category in ways both wonderful and ugly. As you can imagine the advocates are lined up around Read more about Super Committee Target # 1: Energy Subsidies[…]

Corporate Spring

That was how Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff described what was happening in the tech world of enterprise software.  Benioff used that play on words in a recent presentation to describe the same kind of disruptive technology disintermediation as the Arab Spring was causing in the Middle East as a result of the rise of social Read more about Corporate Spring[…]

Spending Like There Will Be No Tomorrow

The US Department of Energy Loan Program Office (LPO) is quite proud of its work. When you go to the Our Projects page it explains that “LPO is one of the largest and most productive energy project finance operations in the world and has committed over $30 billion to support 42 clean energy projects.  These Read more about Spending Like There Will Be No Tomorrow[…]

The Good News and the Better News with the Power NY Act of 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed The Power NY Act of 2011 (A. 8510/S. 5844) (PNY Act).  The bill was passed June 22, 2011.  On balance the law seeks to achieve three important public purposes: It revives expired Article X of the Public Service law which integrated and streamlined the permitting and siting process for power generation Read more about The Good News and the Better News with the Power NY Act of 2011[…]

Disruptive Technology Rationalizes the Energy Supply Value Chain

Disruptive technology is transforming the energy value chain. That process of rationalizing is being aided by energy policies and regulations that seek to frustrate or punish ‘black fuels’ and aid and abet ‘green fuels’ in order to achieve the policy goals of a clean energy economy. But disruptive technology is an equal opportunity change agent Read more about Disruptive Technology Rationalizes the Energy Supply Value Chain[…]

RIP PowerMeter and Holm

Do Residential Customers Really Want to Save Energy? The Home Area Network is toast according to the trade press as Google pulled the plug on its Power Meter and Microsoft did the same for Holm.  Both were designed to help home owners manage their energy use.  Power Meter was launched with great fanfare in 2009 Read more about RIP PowerMeter and Holm[…]

Disruptive Technology is Transforming our Energy Information Future

The forces of market fundamentals, competition and disruptive technology have turned the energy vertical on its head stripping it of many of its established market consultants and commoditizing the sources of data and information used and useful in decision support. But the need for expertise, analysis and insight has never been greater. After spending years Read more about Disruptive Technology is Transforming our Energy Information Future[…]

America’s Energy Policy Reality #4: Use the Bust to Plan the Next Boom

The energy business has always been a boom and bust place to be.  Driven by supply and demand fundamentals we always seem to repeat the same behaviors that got us where we are. Since we served energy, utility and investment banking clients at Henwood Energy Services, then Global Energy Decisions, then Ventyx as the business Read more about America’s Energy Policy Reality #4: Use the Bust to Plan the Next Boom[…]