“Germany Poised to Become LNG Powerhouse”???

Guest “I do not think that word, powerhouse, means what you think it means” by David Middleton Germany Poised to Become LNG Powerhouse With Law to Cut Red TapeLegislation set…

2021: The Year Renewables “Lost Last Place”

Guest “Let’s go Mets!” by David Middleton There are three things that I am somewhat embarrassed of: I am not a native Texan… I was born in Connecticut, but I…

Haynesville Shale: Record Natural Gas Production

Guest “Fracking A, Bubba,” by David Middleton The Haynesville Shale (technically Haynesville/Bossier) in northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana is the third largest natural gas play, in terms of production rate…

Inflation More Than Offsets 4.3% Rise in Residential Electricity Rates

“Inflation is our friend” Joe Biden? Or Dan Akroyd? Does anyone else remember this classic Saturday Night Live skit? I still laugh my @$$ off whenever I watch this. I…

EIA: “Policies, rather than market demand, drive the adoption of biomass-based diesel fuels”…

Guest “Do they intentionally get the headlines wrong?” by David Middleton MARCH 24, 2022EIA projects U.S. renewable diesel supply to surpass biodiesel in AEO2022 In our Annual Energy Outlook 2022 (AEO2022) Reference…

We Should Not Compare Electricity Sources Using Nameplate Ratings

Renewables only “take root” because governments, market operators, utility regulators and misguided Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors – misguided only in that they do not account for how the…

EIA: US Fossil Fuels Production to Reach Record Highs in 2023… The Permian is already there!

Guest “Frac On!” by David Middleton JANUARY 21, 2022EIA expects U.S. fossil fuel production to reach new highs in 2023 After declining in 2020, the combined production of U.S. fossil…

Old King Coal Not Going “Gentle Into That Good Night”

Guest “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” by David Middleton Note: Except for Rudyard Kipling, I don’t like poetry, especially Dylan Thomas. It’s jut that I’ve just seen…

U.S. to shutter 14.9 GW of coal-fired & add 46.1 GW of utility scale solar PV in 2022

Guest “You can’t fix stupid” by David Middleton JANUARY 11, 2022Coal will account for 85% of U.S. electric generating capacity retirements in 2022 Operators have scheduled 14.9 gigawatts (GW) of…

Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve: “A really futile and stupid gesture”

Guest “Let’s go Brandon!” by David Middleton Back before the shamdemic, the economy was booming, oil prices were rising and President Trump was about to slam the Iranian thugocracy with…

EIA: Renewables no longer expected to be #1 by 2050

Guest “Just a bit outside” by David Middleton In the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2020 International Energy Outlook, renewables (including hydroelectric) were forecast to surpass petroleum and other liquid fuels…

Six States Provide 55% of US Primary Energy… (And Federal Oil & Gas Leasing to Resume!)

Guest “Two posts for the price of one” by David Middleton AUGUST 31, 2021Six U.S. states accounted for over half of the primary energy produced in 2019 In 2019, the…

Peak Coal?

Guest “Sometimes an annoying comment inspires a post,” by David Middleton Note: If you are having difficulty seeing any of the images, I reposted them in this comment. I think…

US LNG Exports Hit New Record High!

Guest “And the year is only half over!” by David Middleton JULY 27, 2021U.S. liquefied natural gas exports grew to record highs in the first half of 2021 U.S. exports…

Summer Natural Gas Prices Reach 7-yr High!

Guest “Thanks Joe!” by David Middleton JULY 22, 2021Summer U.S. natural gas prices are the highest since 2014 In June, the U.S. natural gas spot price at the Henry Hub…

US Crude Oil Exports: Record High in 2020, Despite Lockdown

Guest “Yee-hah! ” by David Middleton JULY 20, 2021U.S. crude oil exports reached record levels in 2020 and remain high in 2021 Despite volatility in global oil markets, U.S. crude…

Hawaii Renewable Electricity Claims Unsupported by EIA Data, Emissions Unchanged

The political leadership and people of Hawaii understandably want to address the huge dependency of the state on high-cost petroleum for its electricity. But instead of focusing their efforts on…

Top Ten US States: Renewable Electricity Generation

Guest “Now that’s funny right there!” by David Middleton NOVEMBER 23, 2020New York generated the fourth most electricity from renewable sources of any state in 2019 In 2019, more electricity…

EIA: “About 25% of U.S. power plants can start up within an hour”

Guess “Did you know?” by David Middleton In a world where mostly unreliable power plant (solar & wind) construction is on the rise, backup power generation becomes more important every…

EIA: US CO2 Emissions From Electricity Generation Down to 1980’s Levels… Frac On!

Guest “Frac on!” by David Middleton NOVEMBER 10, 2020U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell in 2019, mainly in electric generation After rising by 3% in 2018, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2)…

Utility-Scale Battery Costs “Fall” to $625/kWh

Guest “Now that’s funny right there!” by David Middleton OCTOBER 23, 2020Utility-scale battery storage costs decreased nearly 70% between 2015 and 2018 The average energy capacity cost of utility-scale battery…

EIA predicts energy recovery from Covid

“The October Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) remains subject to heightened levels of uncertainty because mitigation and reopening efforts related to COVID-19 continue to evolve. Reduced economic activity related to the…

Wildfires inhibiting solar power generation in California

Guest “irony can be so ironic” by David Middleton SEPTEMBER 30, 2020Smoke from California wildfires decreases solar generation in CAISO In the first two weeks of September 2020, average solar-powered…

COVID-19 Dooms the Climate… Again! IEA: Oil Demand to Soon Exceed Pre-Lockdown Level

Alternate Title: Peak Oil Foiled Again Guest “too fracking funny for words” by David Middleton IEA chief says low oil prices will take demand beyond pre-crisis highsBy JAVIER BLAS on…