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Rising Production From Tight Oil Formations

There are reasons for optimism among the crepe-hanging.  The latest: This chart released yesterday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration which illustrates once again how technological advances are allowing producers to get more product per well.  Note the increase in production number year-to-year from 2007 to 2015.  Obviously, more product per well means less cost to...

Green In Europe: Who, What & Why?

Who's the greenest of them all in Europe? 2015 looks like a banner year for Europe as a whole, Clean Technica points out, until you look at data specifics, then "...it turns out that nearly half (47%) of new wind installations in 2015 took place in just one country: Germany. Meanwhile, the solar PV comeback was 'primarily based on a strong UK market', said SolarPower Europe. Demand in other...

How Low Can It Go?

Maybe it's time to visit the folks back home in Oklahoma.  Imagine the wild and free feeling of transversing those endless Western highways on...$1 a gallon gas.  You could pretend it's the 40s, then stop off and try to buy a 30 cent Coca-cola.  The Wall Street Journal posits that in the coming weeks $1 a gallon gas could be a very real possibility for parts of the U.S. -- namely...

Why U.S. Shale Refuses To Roll Over

All hail the wiley, tenacious American shale producers.  As crude price angst boiled around them they've quietly been figuring out how to drive down their costs so they can still break even, even when the West Texas Intermediate price for a barrel of crude slides below $30 as it has several times in recent weeks. That's why, as Oilprice.com puts it, Saudi Arabia "may have its work cut out...

The Iran/Investor Connection

What ever you thought of the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal of July 2015, it's not hard to see why it became increasingly impossible to keep global businesses and other governments from respecting the economic sanctions the United States had attempted to level.   As the Economist put it: "The prospects in a post-deal Iran are vast. It is the world’s 18th-largest economy. The population...

Low Prices? No Problem...

Or so one could deduce after looking at this chart prepared by Wood Mackenzie Upstream Research which shows, as Bloomberg puts it, that after "a year of low oil prices, only 0.1 percent of global production has been curtailed..."  It's all about "the industry’s resilience" notes Bloomberg. The analysis, published ahead of an annual oil-industry gathering in London next week, suggests...

The Renewables Revolution

The tide is turning against fossil fuels according to Bloomberg Business. Renewables, which Bloomberg defines only as solar and wind, "accounted for 68 percent of new capacity...added to U.S. electrical grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil...

OPEC V. US Shale - The War Grinds On

The trench war called OPEC V. US Shale grinds on. The latest salvo: OPEC's Monthly Oil Market Report  (January, 16) which contains rather intimidating statements like “[This] will … be the year when the rebalancing process starts. After seven straight years of phenomenal non-OPEC supply growth...2016 is set to see output decline as the effects of deep capex cuts [by non-OPEC...

Nuclear's Place In Japan's Future

On Monday Japan restarted Takahama 3, its uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel nuclear energy unit located in the Fukui prefecture.  That's three units up since the Fukushima disaster of 2011 -- out of a total of the 43 units that once operated in Japan.  Twenty two units are in some stage of the laborious restart process.  Will Japan ever go back to being the nuclear-driven...

Renewables Up. Emissions Hardly Budge?

A very interesting think tank study from, and about, Europe. "Sandbag" (that is most un-think tankish name of the think tank) crunched decades worth of numbers and report that while "2015 saw a record 2.5% increase in renewables generation in Europe, which now makes up 29% of total European electricity supply...CO2-emissions from the power sector fell only 0.5% after a 7.5% fall in 2014." Part...

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