What This Summer’s Heat Waves Tell Us About America’s Electric Grid

With another triple-digit heat wave scorching the Southwest this week, fears of widespread outages are back. California’s grid operator has urged homes and businesses to crank up thermostats and avoid running power-hungry appliances during evening peak hours – all in an effort to avoid disruptions like the ones we saw earlier this month. The dangerous and expensive outages that left 80,000 Los Angeles residents in the dark then may have been limited…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 16 (Week Ending July 20, 2018)

Another week of below average natural gas injections continues to widen the storage deficit against the five-year average as the EIA reported a bullish 24 Bcf build that fell noticeably short of the market expectation of 36 Bcf. This sparse injection somehow managed to exceed last year’s build of 19 Bcf, but it has yet again compared poorly to the five-year average during the same timeframe, which is reported at…

Energy Newsletter – July 2018

The New Midstream Transactions – A recent trend in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry is for midstream services providers to offer certain forms of additional compensation to oil and gas lessees / operators (i.e., upstream asset holders) in exchange for providing acreage dedications and entering into long term services agreements, including mainly agreements for gathering, processing, transportation and the sale and marketing of hydrocarbons, and water sourcing…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 15 (Week Ending July 13, 2018)

The natural gas storage deficit grew yet again as this week’s injection of 46 Bcf came up noticeably short of the 56 Bcf market expectation. This build may be more robust than last year’s value of 31 Bcf, but it pales in comparison to the five-year average of 62 Bcf, which more accurately reflects the state of the thin storage levels that the market is currently experiencing. On a regional…

Offshore Energy, Conservation And Outdoor Recreation

Offshore energy development works for the states – all of them. The U.S. Interior Department recently announced that $61.6 million in revenues from offshore oil and natural gas will be distributed to all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia – via grants that support state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Ponder that: You don’t have to be a coastal state; you don’t have to be a producing state. Under…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 14 (Week Ending July 6, 2018)

The heat over the holiday last week took its toll as the EIA reported a 51 Bcf injection into storage, which ended up being a bullish value that fell short of the market expectation of 56 Bcf, last year’s build of 59 Bcf, and the five-year average of 77 Bcf. The Northeast and Great Lakes regions were hit the hardest with hot weather over the course of the week, and…

Department Of Energy Invests $8.8 Million In Innovative Technologies To Enhance Fossil Energy Power Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 15 projects to receive nearly $8.8 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects to develop innovative technologies that enhance fossil energy power systems. The newly selected projects fall under DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s Crosscutting Technology Research Program, which advances technologies that have a broad range of fossil energy applications. Specifically, the program fosters innovative R&D in…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 13 (Week Ending June 29, 2018)

The thirteenth week of injection season has provided little motivation in regards to pushing Henry Hub futures upward as  a slightly bearish 78 Bcf injection managed to edge past the 75 Bcf market expectation. While seemingly unremarkable in terms of fundamentals, this week’s storage value exceeded last year’s injection and the five-year average of 60 Bcf and 70 Bcf respectively. Notable causes of flat to lower prices include the seemingly…

How Virtual Reality Can Help The Oil And Gas Industry Confront Its Invisible Challenge: Methane

I’m a certified oil and gas tech nerd, and I’ve never been so excited about my job. I love data, the insights that come with it, and especially the ways of applying those insights to catalyze continuous improvement. There are few decisions I make without an Excel spreadsheet – and after spending several years working for an oilfield services company, I’m passionate about solving one of the biggest environmental problems…

Natural Gas Storage Report Injection Season Week 12 (Week Ending June 22, 2018)

After the July prompt month came to a close yesterday, the market began to reflect a slow and steady response to the summer’s increase in cooling demand. This week’s injection of 66 Bcf (along with a revision of 4 Bcf that raised last week’s implied net change from 91 Bcf to 95 Bcf) also supported the recent bullish movement by coming in under the expectation of 71 Bcf. While this…