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Sep

19

Power To the People? Not If Utilities Have a Say

By Deborah Lawrence (formerly Deborah Rogers) Solar capacity is growing. Rapidly. EIA, the Energy Information Administration, recently released figures on the growth of solar vs. natural gas power plant capacity additions for the first half of 2014. While natural gas appeared the winner at first glance, outperforming solar installations, it turns out that it was […]

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Aug

13

The Shale Sugar Lick

By Deborah Lawrence (formerly Deborah Rogers) A well known American comedian, Ron White, quips about the amount of sugar Americans eat by suggesting that certain restaurants install a sugar lick. Patrons can “belly up” and take their fill at the trough. Such an analogy might be apropos of some shale operators with regard to their […]

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Aug

12

EIA Corroborates the Work of Energy Policy Forum

Over a year ago, on 19 June, 2013, Energy Policy Forum (EPF) wrote a post exposing the explosion of capital expenditure by shale operators to drill and complete wells and the concomitant lack of free cash flow. Unless operations can produce sufficient cash, the exercise is obviously unsustainable. At some point a company simply hits […]

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