Category: Energy

The Effect of President Obama’s Keystone XL Veto

President Obama officially vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline project after bipartisan votes by both the House and Senate landed the bill on his desk. Without the Senate to block legislation from getting to his desk, the president is now planning to veto many bills that pass both houses. Veto-proof coalitions are now needed to pass […]

Apple Ventures into Solar Power

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook threw his weight behind solar energy with an $850 million deal to buy power from First Solar, the biggest developer of solar farms in the U.S. This new pledge puts Apple on the same page as other big businesses, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon, who have also bought into solar power […]

Person-to-Person Energy Market

With ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber and travel services like Airbnb, the person-to-person market is gaining more and more traction in the American market. In Europe, the idea is gaining even more of a foothold ― starting with the energy sector. Vandebron is an Amsterdam-based person-to-person electricity service. The service provides a platform for […]

Upheaval — Natural Gas Growth Could Redefine Decades

Over the past few years, natural gas growth has been an energy investor’s fallback strategy. With a historically positive growth in almost every company’s stock and unperturbed fundamentals — promoted by technological advances — it is highly unlikely that such an industry trend is cyclical. Some of gas’ most representative stocks (as deemed by the […]

Evolving Energy Infrastructure — Energy Battles Looming at Home

The electrical utilities industry is one that has always been regarded by economists as unique, with its most defining aspect being competition. There is little to none. However, economists have always argued that this is only a rational byproduct of the infrastructure associated with transporting energy. A perfectly competitive market is saturated with companies, and […]

Alaskan Oil Put on Ice With New Proposal

Last week, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a five-year strategy that would open offshore drilling from Virginia to Georgia, but put previously deferred areas off the Alaskan coast off-limits, reports Politico. While possibly good news for the Atlantic coast ― as well as the oil and gas industry ― the Alaskan […]

Super Bowl is Good for the Environment?

The Super Bowl is the most watched television broadcast in the United States with an estimated 111 million people watching each year. The amount of electricity consumed during the broadcast exceeds 11 million kilowatt-hours or equivalent to the amount of electricity generated by a medium-sized power plant. However, right before and during game time, electricity […]

Toxic Assets, Financial Sector Projections and… Bubbles?

As many economically-informed Americans know, the Great Recession of 2007 was instigated largely by belligerent lending by some of the largest banks in the United States — specifically a crisis started by aspiring homeowners and banks, who both overestimated the future value of the home, and investors who largely misunderstood the financial instruments called derivatives, […]

The Wind Beneath the Waves

The $2.6 billion off shore Cape Wind project failed to meet deadlines to secure financing and to begin construction and the heavily subsidized wind farm is now going to “sink below the waves.” The millions in taxpayer subsidies already prove that this thing should not float. While other off shore wind farms are planned, falling […]

Volatility Myth of Energy

Brookings Institution’s article claiming that falling oil prices will not hurt renewable “clean” energy wrongfully tries to make a comparison. Oil prices do fluctuate a good amount, and are part of a really good openly traded market. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, are not openly traded in a market and are heavily […]