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Electric Imports and the Environment: What the New England Clean Power Link Tells us About Demand

Trevor Sutherland December 16, 2016 09:16 PM

On December 5th the New England Clean Power Link (NECPL) received its Presidential Permit, a required license for any transmission project that links the U.S. power grid to that of another country. The $1.2 billion project, financed by...

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The U.S. Leading a Globalizing Natural Gas Market

Jude Clemente December 12, 2016 03:53 PM

Today, only about 33% of all natural gas used is traded internationally, versus 66% for oil. Gas has typically been sold in three regionalized markets with different contract structures; North America (hub-based), Asia Pacific (oil-indexed), and Europe (hub-based and oil-indexed). But, the sale of LNG is transforming natural gas from...

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OPEC’s Production Cuts: Will They Matter?

Jude Clemente December 1, 2016 03:45 PM

After weeks of negotiations, OPEC ministers in Vienna on Wednesday agreed to lower their oil supplies to ease a global glut that has halved prices since 2014. The 14 Member Countries worked a deal to cut crude production by...

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CAPEX Reductions Today Could Lay the Foundation for a Price Spike

Jude Clemente November 21, 2016 02:23 PM

The oil and gas price collapse has discouraged investments in future production in recent months and is setting up a potential spike in prices. The industry is caught in an underinvestment cycle that could reverberate much sooner than most realize...

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Designing High Efficiency Buildings

November 2, 2016 02:24 PM

It’s an often-repeated statistic: about 40 percent of the energy used in this country is consumed in residential and commercial buildings. That’s more energy than is used in both the transportation and energy sectors. Alarmingly, however, much of that energy is wasted — 30 percent in the average commercial building, according to Energy Star. So, what can be done?

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