Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted August 7, 2013
Now for a change of pace: Kudos to EPA for deciding to give the oil and natural gas industry more time to install emissions controls on storage tanks.
Phasing in the deadline for controls on volatile organic compounds emitted by storage tanks – through April 2015 instead of the original deadline about two months from now – is encouraging because it recognizes industry’s willingness to make its operations cleaner under realistic and fair regulation, while also suggesting the agency can be responsive to industry’s reasonable points of view (more below).
Posted August 6, 2013
Posted August 6, 2013
Posted July 25, 2013
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, with some on-target remarks to a forum this week on surging U.S. shale natural gas production hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center:
“We are in what I’ve come to describe as an economic Olympics, and winning is all about creating the most high-skill and high-wage jobs you can. … In this economic Olympics the American economy gets out of the blocks with a very strong lead because of natural gas. So what we want to do is put in place bipartisan policies that help us extend that lead in the natural gas field.”
Posted July 18, 2013
The history of modern crude oil prices includes a number of instances where historical events have accompanied dramatic price shifts. Simply: Events that impact or could impact supply affect the global crude oil market. And, because the cost of crude is the main driver of gasoline prices – currently about 66 percent
Posted July 15, 2013
Posted May 31, 2013
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has a new report that details the decline in sales of oil and natural gas from production on federal lands (2003-2012). Key points:
- Sales of crude oil from federal lands, onshore and offshore, decreased 5 percent in fiscal year 2012 (ended Sept. 30) to 596 million barrels from 629 million barrels in FY 2011. That includes an 8-percent decrease in offshore volumes, partially offset by an 8-percent increase in much smaller onshore volumes.
- Natural gas sales from federal lands decreased 7 percent in FY 2012 to 4,262 billion cubic feet (bcf) from 4,584 bcf in FY 2011. Offshore volumes were down 19 percent, while onshore was virtually unchanged.
- Sales of all fossil fuels produced on federal lands (also including coal and natural gas plant liquids) fell by 4 percent in FY 2012.
Posted May 23, 2013
Gasoline prices have been rising with the approach of the summer driving season – up to about $3.66, according to AAA – pushed there by rising crude oil prices. U.S. consumers need help. And they could get it – if the administration pursued a number of energy policies to put downward pressure on global crude costs, while abandoning other choices that could harm consumers.
API Chief Economist John Felmy’s reporter briefing Thursday focused attention on two paths: one that will increase domestic production of oil and natural gas and one that won’t. Unfortunately, the administration – via proposals to increase energy taxes and a new wave of questionable regulation – looks headed down the wrong path, a recipe for disaster for American energy:
Posted May 21, 2013
Two new reports outline the importance of crafting the right policies to capitalize on America’s vast wealth in shale natural gas.
An American Chemistry Council (ACC) analysis points to rich capital investments and job gains to be realized in that sector because of abundant, affordable supplies of shale natural gas:
- $71.7 billion in chemical industry investments publicly announced through the end of March.
- 46,000 new chemical industry jobs by 2020.
- 264,000 jobs in supplier industries by 2020.
- 226,000 induced jobs in communities where chemical industry workers spend their wages.
- $20 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.
Posted April 5, 2013
Reasons why the oil and natural gas industry talks about a regulatory “tsunami” coming down from EPA:
- A newly proposed Tier 3 rule to further lower sulfur content in gasoline – that would have “very small” additional environmental benefit, according to a recent study. At the same time, it could increase the manufacturing cost of gasoline by up to 9 cents per gallon. (More on Tier 3 below.)
- Increases in the federal ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard – which could add to the manufacturing cost of gasoline by about 30 percent by 2015, according to a study by NERA Economic Consulting. (Posts on that here, here, here and here.)
- A potential vapor pressure reduction requirement that could increase refinery costs.
- An expected Refinery Sector Rule, new ozone requirements and greenhouse gas controls for refineries.