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The Top 10 Energy Stories Of 2015

Robert Rapier offers up his picks for the Top 10 Energy Stories of 2015.

Nigeria’s Achilles Heel

This week guest writer Elisabeth Wiebusch discusses the challenges faced by Nigeria as they try to modernize their electricity grid.

My Top 10 Energy Stories of 2014

In his final article of 2014, Robert Rapier gives us his top energy stories of the year.

Permian Basin a Microcosm of Global Energy Markets

Jennifer Warren chronicles her journey through the Permian Basin in West Texas and provides insight into the U.S. oil boom: The winners, the losers, the future, global implications, and the environmental impacts.

What’s So Bad About Exporting Gasoline?

One of my Top 10 Energy Stories of 2011 was the fact that the U.S. had become a net exporter of finished petroleum products such as diesel and gasoline. In fact, because gasoline and diesel prices were so high, U.S. fuel exports were valued at $88 billion, which made them the top value export in 2011 for the first time ever: Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels. Just how big of a shift… Continue»

Top 10 Energy Related Stories of 2011

Here are my choices for the Top 10 energy related stories of 2011. Don’t get too hung up on the relative rankings. They are mostly in no particular order, although I think the top story is pretty obvious. 1. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster On March 11, 2011 the tsunami that flooded Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant resulted in the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. The tragedy spurred heated debates over whether nuclear power could ever be totally risk-free. Several countries decided that the potential consequences were just too great, and reversed their plans for new nuclear plants and in some cases shuttered existing plants. The incident will likely slow the global development of nuclear power for years, just as… Continue»

Grading My Predictions for 2011

In my list of Top 10 Energy Related Stories of 2010, I made three predictions for 2011. Those predictions were: I believe high oil prices will continue to put a strain on the economies of oil-importing nations. I expect that we will see oil prices once again head above $100 per barrel, although I expect the annual average for 2011 to be below $100 because of sluggish economies. I also expect that the bills are going to start coming due for some of the high profile ‘next generation’ biofuel producers, and that we will see bankruptcies from some of the companies I have discussed in this column. In hindsight, those predictions look pretty tame. However, bear in mind that oil… Continue»

Rank the Top 10 Oil Stories of 2011

Platts’ annual survey of the Top 10 Energy Stories of 2011 is now open: The top 10 oil stories of 2011: cast your vote now They listed about 40 stories; below are the ones that I voted into the Top 10 from the list they had put together: Keystone XL decision delayed until ’13 after enormous opposition Brent and WTI prices reach highest levels since 2008 surge Australia approves carbon tax, first among major western nations Brent/WTI spread blows out to as much as $28 US import dependence plummets on surge in US product exports ConocoPhillips, Marathon to abandon integrated model, will both split in two EA orders release of oil from inventories to counter tight market brought on by… Continue»

Why I Didn’t Short KiOR

In a recent column on the metric of “success” in Cleantech, I wrote that the measure of success that will matter to most people is whether the company sells energy at an affordable price: I simply don’t think that the fact that one can talk up a company and then IPO it at a profit is the proper metric for success. Some of those companies that have been IPO’d are grossly overvalued. Many of them won’t be around for long. (In fact, I wrestled hard this week with a decision to short one of them; I ultimately decided not to — but not because I don’t think the company is grossly overvalued). So is a company that is IPO’d, makes… Continue»

Book and Travel Update, and Some Interesting Stories

Book Update I have mentioned it on here a couple of times, but I am under contract to deliver a book on energy by the end of this year. I initially had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to write, but that has evolved a bit as I started writing. So far, I have turned in three chapters to my editor, and I have several others partially complete. The book is going to be broken down into sections of general information (who uses what, who produces what, how it is produced, etc.), controversies (nuclear power, climate change, peak oil, etc.) and then one on possible energy solutions going forward. I am trying to cover stories from an objective… Continue»