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Developing U.S. “Tar Sands”

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Eastern Utah may see tar sand production begin later this year. A private company, the Alberta-based U.S. Oil Sands, has invested $6 million since 2005 to test the oil sands at its 6,000-acre lease in eastern Utah and develop pilot projects on state land. They were granted preliminary permits to begin production in 2009, and have been raising capital and developing plans to begin production. “We would expect to hopefully to have this up and running by about September of next year,” said Cameron Todd, CEO of U.S. Oil Sands. The Bureau of Land Management estimates that the sands could… [more]

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Fraud in Renewables Markets

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM

In 2007, US EPA began using renewable identification numbers (RINs) to track fuel producer compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which calls for fuel blends to contain a minimum amount of renewable fuels. RINs quantify the biofuel, produced or imported, used in fuel blends. Fuel producers buy and sell them, and then submit them to demonstrate compliance. The complexity of RIN markets and RFS compliance has come under scrutiny lately, as several instances of fraud have emerged. In 2010, two small biofuel producers – Clean Green Fuel and Absolute Fuels – started selling fraudulent… [more]

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OPEC’s Uncertain Production Estimates

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM

This month OPEC, the intergovernmental affiliation of twelve oil-producing countries, released two different estimates for its members’ monthly crude production. The first estimated 31.2m b/d in February, and relied on secondary sources, as OPEC estimates have traditionally done since 1986. The significantly higher second estimate of 32.1m b/d relied on direct internal reporting from OPEC member countries. The estimates’ disparity casts doubt on the accuracy of OPEC’s reporting. OPEC accounts for 44% of world oil supply. In an article for Platts, Richard Swann explains “OPEC crude production estimates are undoubtedly among the world’s most important pieces of oil market data.… [more]

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Obama Goes After Oil Traders

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM

On Tuesday, President Obama outlined a package of efforts his administration is pursuing to ensure that energy traders are not responsible for “market manipulation” that drives up the cost of oil and consequently gasoline. President Obama called on Congress to “pass a package of measures to crack down on illegal activity and hold accountable those who manipulate the market for private gain at the expense of millions of working families.” Specifically, Obama suggested that Congress should provide funding to better police energy trading. He suggested that Congress should also significantly increase civil and criminal penalties for market manipulation and associated… [more]

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Where Are Gasoline Prices Heading?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Some analysts have projected gasoline prices to go as high as $5/gallon over the coming months, noting a world-wide crunch of spare oil production capacity, rising demand from developing countries, and typically high U.S. demand during summer months. Recently, however, some analysts have suggested that U.S. gasoline prices may have peaked for 2012, and recent surveys from AAA and DOE suggest gas prices have slipped this week, which may in part be a result of worse-than-expected economic news out of the U.S., Europe, and China. The national average retail price for a gallon of gasoline was $3.90 as of April… [more]

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Focus on Methanol

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM

At the Methanol Policy Forum – held March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC – energy industry and policy experts convened to discuss the fuel’s potential as a transportation fuel. The Forum’s opening remarks were made by DOE Assistant Secretary David Sandalow, who offered that methanol offered advantages as a transportation fuel but also brings along some challenges. Among the advantages: “First, and perhaps most important, methanol is inexpensive to produce. At today’s low natural gas and high oil prices, methanol could help reduce fuel costs consumers pay at the pump. “Second, methanol is a liquid at room temperature. It doesn’t… [more]

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CRS: Limited Short-Term Options on Gas Prices

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

A recent Congressional Research Service report titled “Rising Gasoline Prices 2012” states that Congress has “limited short term options … to address gasoline prices.” The report identifies six short-run policy options – a Strategic Petroleum Reserve release, a gasoline tax holiday, relaxed fuel specifications, limits on refined gasoline exports, limits on commodities speculation, and diplomatic measures – and concludes that it is unclear “what the price impact of these short term options would be” and that they would involve policy tradeoffs which may include “national security, fiscal, and health priorities.” The report briefly addresses longer-term policy options, i.e. “measures that… [more]

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What’s Holding Electric Vehicles Back?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

On March 13th, C2ES held a panel discussion in Washington, DC titled “Electric Vehicles Plugging into the U.S. Grid.” The panel addressed the opportunities and challenges surrounding broad roll-out of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). A key point of discussion was the need for harmonization between the auto industry, utilities, and government so as to optimize the electric grid as PEVs become a larger proportion of the vehicle fleet. Another key point was the need for consumers that are well-educated on PEVs. What’s keeping PEVs, and other alternative fuel cars, from breaking into the market? Is it simply a lack of… [more]

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Climate Impact of Canada’s Oil Sands

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM

A paper by researchers at the University of Alberta, Edmonton found that the impact of Canadian oil sands mining, and subsequent land restoration, on carbon release has been significantly underestimated. This is due to the mining process’s destruction of peatland – bogs, swamps, etc. that host partially decayed organic matter – which, when destroyed, releases high levels of carbon. From the paper’s abstract in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science: “We quantified the wholesale transformation of the boreal landscape by open-pit oil sands mining in Alberta, Canada to evaluate its effect on carbon storage and sequestration. Contrary to… [more]

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Commodities Trading and Gasoline Prices

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: March 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

On March 5th, 68 Congressional Democrats sent a letter to regulators at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) urging that the agency “immediately enact strong position limits to eliminate excessive oil speculation as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.” The Dodd-Frank Act requires that the CFTC promulgate and enforce limits on oil speculation by January 17, 2011, but the CFTC has not yet done so. According to a Goldman Sachs report cited by the letter, “excessive oil speculation ‘translates out into a premium for gasoline at the pump of $.56 a gallon’”. Despite… [more]

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