Risk is Still a Four Letter Word

The convergence of forces creating profound changes in domestic energy production is being driven by technology, globalization, demographic changes and by economies turning things upside down. But only recently and only in selected places across the energy value chain has it hit critical mass.  One of them is reflected in the graphic above from the Read more about Risk is Still a Four Letter Word[…]

My 2012 Predictions

It is the time of the year when New Years Resolutions are made.  Usually these are personal goals like losing weight, exercising more, stop smoking, spend more time with family.   Business goals are not predictions, they require plans and action to make things happen.  As we head back to our usual routines in the new Read more about My 2012 Predictions[…]

USE IT OR LOSE IT AMERICA: Domestic Energy Production @ Risk

Ok I admit it, I am an energy geek! I spent the last twenty years earning my living helping clients turn their energy strategies into actionable results.  I believe in the power of markets and worship at the altar of competition in the belief that thriving, competitive wholesale energy markets are good for the energy Read more about USE IT OR LOSE IT AMERICA: Domestic Energy Production @ Risk[…]

How Disruptive Technology is turning Domestic Energy Production into America’s Growth Engine

As Congress and the President spar over the political advantage or blame from our current debt crisis, disruptive technology is revving America’s potential for domestic energy production and turning it into a “game changer” in our claw back to economic growth.  This transformation is not happening in Washington, DC, it is happening deep in the Read more about How Disruptive Technology is turning Domestic Energy Production into America’s Growth Engine[…]

America's Energy Policy Reality # 1: Natural Gas is Our Fuel of Choice

The race is on to build market share for wind and solar energy with the states demanding it in renewable portfolio standards and the Federal Government encouraging it with subsidies and treasury tax grants.  This is not a bad goal for our clean energy future, but the battle has already been won and the winner Read more about America's Energy Policy Reality # 1: Natural Gas is Our Fuel of Choice[…]

Is Energy E&P America’s Hadrian’s Wall?

Hadrian was the third of the “five good emperors” of Rome ruling from 117 to 138 in a time of consolidation of the Roman Empire.  Best known for building Hadrian’s Wall which marked the northern most reach of the Roman Empire, his policy focus was securing the Empire by leveraging its strengths rather than overextending Read more about Is Energy E&P America’s Hadrian’s Wall?[…]

The Gift: Energy Security and Economic Growth from Unconventional Oil & Gas

The latest economic reports paint a discouraging picture of our anemic economic recovery.  Our politicians in Washington seem more interested in scoring points with each other than resolving the problems that prevent a return to sustainable growth.  Back home on Main Streets across America the locals are (1) worried; (2) angry and (3) ready for Read more about The Gift: Energy Security and Economic Growth from Unconventional Oil & Gas[…]

Russian Gas -vs-Unconventional Gas: Which will the EU Choose?

The US Energy Information Administration published a study of 48 shale gas basins in 32 countries that estimated that the EU has a technically recoverable resource potential for unconventional natural gas of 624 trillion cubic feet compared with 862 tcf in the US.  That estimate is substantially larger than previously thought and represents about 60 Read more about Russian Gas -vs-Unconventional Gas: Which will the EU Choose?[…]

The Unconventional Oil & Gas Gift Keeps on Giving

“Ultimate Potential for Unconventional Natural Gas in Northeastern British Columbia’s Horn River Basin”, a newly released report from the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines doubles BC’s estimated unconventional natural gas reserves from shale in the Horn River Basin to 78 trillion cubic feet, including 75 Read more about The Unconventional Oil & Gas Gift Keeps on Giving[…]

Snatching Energy Security Victory from the Jaws of Energy Disruption Defeat

I always cringe a little when I hear calls for a new comprehensive energy strategy.  It always seems to me it is such an oxymoron.  Energy bills in the United States are like the Farm Bill, the Highway Bill and other excuses to lard up a legislative Christmas tree with so many ornaments of spending Read more about Snatching Energy Security Victory from the Jaws of Energy Disruption Defeat[…]