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By Robert Rapier on Dec 16, 2009 with no responses

Platts Survey of Top Energy Stories of 2009

As I compile my year end list of the biggest energy stories of the year, I have just gotten an e-mail from Platts that is very helpful. As they have done in previous years, they have a survey up so readers can rank the top stories: Platts wants to know: the biggest oil stories of ’09 They will publish the results shortly after Christmas. Scanning the list and comparing to my rough draft of the Top 10, I see one story that isn’t currently on my list that I missed: The Valero Foray into Ethanol. Other than that, all of the stories that I have tentatively in my Top 10 are on their list except for two (and I bet… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 10, 2009 with no responses

Brainstorming the Year’s Top Energy Stories

I am working on a few things right now that should be finished up in the next week or so. First, I am compiling a list of questions/comments for Bob Cohen regarding his recent guest post on ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). I will post his answers. If you have a relevant question that you feel wasn’t asked following that essay, post it here and I will get it to him. Second, I am trying to put together the year’s top energy stories. In my mind the one at or near the top has been the resurgence in oil prices since January. Oil prices have more than doubled, and in a normal year that would be big news. But I… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 26, 2009 with 1 response

An E-Fuel MicroFueler Dealer Responds

After publishing the previous story, I went back and searched through my Gmail to see when I had first heard about the E-Fuel MicroFueler. It turns out that about a year ago a regular reader of my blog – and someone I had exchanged a number of e-mails with – sent me the first bit of information and asked for my opinion. He told me at that time that he had become a dealer of these systems. At the time, the idea was to use sugar as the feedstock. I made a number of comments, including my concern that the capital costs alone were too high to make the unit economical. I said that I felt like they would need… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 5, 2008 with no responses

Rank the Top 10 Oil Stories of 2008

As I recover from a backlog of work, one of the stories I plan to write is a post covering the top energy stories of 2008. Around that theme, Platts just put up a request for reader input on the top oil industry stories of 2008. Their poll runs until Christmas: Rank the top 10 oil industry stories of 2008 Below is the way I would rank the Top 10. I had an easy time ranking the top five, but then it was more difficult to sort them out. My top 10 oil industry stories of 2008: Crude prices soar in 1H, WTI tops $147, Brent right behind Prices collapse below $50 in 2H as demand retreats Ethanol’s struggles: VeraSun… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jun 1, 2008 with no responses

A Mixed Bag of Oil Projections in the MSM

Update: One more noteworthy story from Newsweek: The Coming Energy Wars Oil drives so much of the global economy, it’s almost impossible to fully imagine the world of $200 oil. No question, the shock will force nations to go greener much faster than now, particularly by conserving energy and developing and adopting new non-fossil fuels. But none of this can happen full stop in six to 24 months. So the predictions tend to be gloomy: some analysts see a shift toward regional trade, and even a major reversal of globalization itself, as rising transport costs make it too expensive to ship many kinds of goods long distances. A major acceleration in the transfer of wealth that has, in the past… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 12, 2007 with no responses

Rank the Top 10 Oil Stories of 2007

While I intend to write a post covering the top energy stories of 2007, Platts is asking for reader input on the top oil industry stories of 2007: The top 10 oil industry stories of 2007 A lot of the listed stories would make both lists. I list my Top 10 below that I submitted to Platts. The first few were easy, but I had a hard time picking between the last three or four. My top 10 oil industry stories of 2007: Oil soars, reaches close to $100 for WTI Spare capacity dwindles, supply/demand balance tightens; Peak Oil theory gets more attention Climate change rapidly moves up the list of the world’s concerns; US Senate votes for mandatory GHG… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 23, 2007 with no responses

Welcome Guardian Readers

Introduction About a month ago, I was contacted by The Guardian, one of the major newspapers in the U.K. They were launching the Guardian Commercial Partners Network. While there is potentially some ad revenue involved, that wasn’t what interested me. I have never really tried to capture much ad revenue, even though I make a few dollars a month between the Google and Amazon ads. But the reason I started this blog was to make a contribution to energy and sustainability discussions. This is what The Guardian offered: Exposure – we will promote your website from the Guardian Unlimited homepage, which attracts over 22 million page impressions a month, to send our readers your way. The more viewers I can… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 15, 2007 with no responses

National Geographic Story

Update: This was a story originally posted in August of 2006 (Wow, that’s been the fastest year of my life), but E3 Biofuels has come up in discussion quite a few times lately. I am going to be traveling over the next 5 days with intermittent Internet access, so I thought I would bump this up top. Note that this story was prior to their plant startup. Ah, and that solves a long-term mystery for me. I wondered why some people refer to me as an “oil industry analyst.” This must have been where that originated. ————————- Last night I noticed some traffic being directed here from National Geographic. Being a curious sort, of course I followed the link back… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 16, 2006 with no responses

Prop 87 Interview

I was interviewed yesterday by reporter Marc Strassman from Etopia News. There is a brief story, including a link to the interview, at: California Politics Today #631 The interview went in a lot of different directions (not just Prop 87), and it lasted for almost an hour. It went pretty smoothly for the most part. I misspoke on at least two occasions. Once, Mr. Strassman asked about Peak Oil, and said that most studies suggest that it will happen by 2010. I told him that I didn’t think it would be that soon, but I mentioned that the Hirsch report warned that we would need to begin preparations 20 years prior to the peak, and we are certainly within that… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 10, 2006 with no responses

Xethanol Story

Xethanol Debunked (Updated 8-11-06 to dissect XNL News Release) In case you didn’t see it, earlier this week the website posted a blistering exposé of Xethanol (XNL: AMEX): Xethanol Corp A recent press release from Xethanol describes the company as follows: Xethanol Corporation’s goal is to be a leader in the emerging biomass-to-ethanol and biofuels industry. Xethanol’s mission is to optimize the use of biomass in the renewable energy field and convert biomass that is currently being abandoned or land filled into ethanol and other valuable co-products, especially xylitol. Xethanol’s strategy is to deploy proprietary biotechnologies that will extract and ferment the sugars trapped in these biomass waste concentrations. Xethanol’s strategic value proposition is to produce ethanol and valuable… Continue»