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Oil and the Economy

EIA’s Outlook Implies Upside Risks for Oil Prices

Although oil would surpass $200 per barrel under its high-price scenario, the EIA sees little effect in curbing demand growth. Read More

topics: EIA, Non-Opec Supply, Oil Demand Growth, Oil Prices, OPEC, Russia, Shale Oil Production
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Petropolitics

High Energy Stakes for Kurdish Referendum

The Kurdish predicament is defined by energy and oil. Their assets hold the promise of prosperity and independence—but they also serve as tripwires for conflict and sources of leverage for opponents. Read More

topics: Ceyhan, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Russia, Turkey
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Oil and the Economy

Commodity Watchdog Remains in Flux as Trading World Evolves

The slowdown in action at the CFTC is worrisome since it comes at a time of large growth in financial markets, including petroleum futures, which are susceptible to manipulation and aggressive trading tactics. Read More

topics: cftc, Crude futures, oil trading, regulation, Trading
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: EIA Sees Long-Term Petroleum Supply Growth Dominated by OPEC

Stay on top of the latest developments in oil markets, geopolitical risk, and alternative fuel vehicles with the SAFE policy team's Chart of the Week. Read More

topics: Capital expenditures, Gasoline, Household Spending, Iran, oil, Oil Price Volatility, Oil Prices, Oil Production, Saudi Arabia, Upstream Investment
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Oil and the Economy

Fights Break Out at Gasoline Stations in Texas, Florida

Like a scene out of the movie Zoolander, fights have occurred at gasoline stations in hurricane-affected areas. Read More

topics: Gasoline, Gasoline Demand, Gasoline prices, Hurricane Harvey
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Petropolitics

OPEC Set to Extend Cuts as Fundamentals, Price Move in Cartel’s Direction

When discussing the “success” surrounding OPEC’s cuts, it’s important to remember where the market was at the beginning of 2016, when prices fell below $30. Now, prices are in the mid-$50s, reflecting the impact of OPEC's actions. Read More

topics: Backwardation, Brent, Oil Demand Growth, OPEC, Saudi Arabia
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Oil and the Economy

International Implications of the Rise of China’s Teapot Refineries

Small independent refineries in China thrived in 2015 and 2016 as a result of low crude prices and high exports of refined products, but the road ahead looks bumpier as analysts see consolidation in the country's downstream sector. Read More

topics: China, Crude Oil Imports, Oil Prices, Refining, Teapot refineries
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Autonomous Vehicles

Trucking, Autonomy, and Energy Security

SAFE modeling shows that the widespread use of existing platooning technologies for trucks could save up to 20 billion gallons of diesel fuel through 2050. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, NHTSA, Oil Dependence, Trucking
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Autonomous Vehicles

Nuvve CEO on Vehicle-to-Grid Technology, Energy Storage, and Autonomy

Vehicle-to-grid technology will be a main factor in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles, according to the CEO of a start-up dedicated to EV integration. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Denmark, Nuvve, University of Delaware, V2G
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Energy Innovation

DENC Releases Case Study and Recommendations for EV Deployment During National Drive Electric Week

Coinciding with NDEW, SAFE’s Electrification Coalition is releasing a case study with the best practice recommendations developed through the Drive Electric Northern Colorado initiative. Read More

topics: China, Drive Electric Northern Colorado, Electric Vehicle Sales, Electric Vehicles, National Drive Electric Week
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Energy Innovation

National Drive Electric Week Set to Showcase Massive Growth Potential of EVs

This year’s National Drive Electric Week comes as more governments are aiming to move away from conventional vehicles in the next couple of decades, EV sales are seeing enormous growth, and forecasters are bullish on their long-term outlook Read More

topics: Electric Vehicle Sales, Electric Vehicles, National Drive Electric Week, Nissan Leaf
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Oil and the Economy

Brent-WTI Spread Widens, But U.S. Exports Keep It In Check

The spread between benchmarks Brent and WTI has widened recently, a reflection of a sharp increase in U.S. shale production this year at a time when OPEC is cutting back. Read More

topics: Brent futures, Crude oil inventories, Hurricane Harvey, OPEC, Shale, WTI
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Energy Innovation

At EPA Hearing, Testimonies Focus on Economic, National Security Benefits of Stricter Fuel Economy

'Fuel economy regulations are a preemptive strike against collusion and market-distorting behavior. In fact, current regulations will eliminate 12 billion barrels of oil imports between 2015 and 2040.' Read More

topics: CAFE Standards, EPA, Fuel Economy, General James Conway, NHTSA, Oil Dependence, OPEC, Securing America's Future Energy
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Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo’s Fake City Shows How AV Testing Is Quickly Evolving

The huge benefits of virtual simulations are that they help adjust for weaknesses of real-world trials and experiments, where not every single scenario can be tested. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Cognata, Waymo
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Oil and the Economy

Colonial Pipeline Shutdown and SPR Release Highlight Ongoing Energy Security Risks

Outages from Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent price volatility provide a reminder that despite the enormous changes on the U.S. supply side over the past decade, the country is still dealing with energy security vulnerabilities. Read More

topics: Energy Security, Gasoline prices, Houston, Hurricane Harvey, Refiners, SPR
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Energy Innovation

As EV Sales Surge, Government Support Still Crucial to Meet Ambitious Goals

The car industry is moving forward with new EV models, governments have set aggressive targets, and consumers are becoming more comfortable with the new technology, bringing about ideal conditions for electric cars to continue to thrive, even with low oil prices. Read More

topics: BNEF, China, Electric Vehicle Incentives, Electric Vehicles, IEA, Norway
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Petropolitics

U.S. Slaps New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela, Stops Short of Banning Oil Imports

The U.S. government stopped short of a ban on oil imports from Venezuela, hoping to insulate U.S. refiners. But in the short run, Venezuela will have difficulty moving volumes to the Gulf Coast since the region has been swamped by Hurricane Harvey. Read More

topics: Citgo, Crude Oil Imports, PDVSA, Sanctions, Venezuela
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Oil and the Economy

Hurricane Harvey Takes Aim at U.S. Refining Sector

Harvey’s effects on the nation’s energy infrastructure are wide-ranging, forcing a large swath of refining capacity to shut. Read More

topics: Energy Security, Gulf Coast, Hurricane Harvey, refineries
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Energy Innovation

Pilot Program in Denmark Reflects Large Upside for Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

The growth of EVs and plug-in hybrids, and the expectations for deeper penetration in coming decades, will result in the potential of feeding energy stored in vehicle batteries back to the electrical grid to smooth peaks and valleys in electricity demand. Read More

topics: Denmark, Department of Defense, Electric Vehicles, Nissan Leaf, V2G
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Energy Innovation

Diesel: Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

Despite the behavior that led to the 2015 VW scandal and its continued fallout, diesel remains an efficient fuel that can reduce total petroleum consumption, and is still a viable part of a larger strategy to reduce oil dependence. Read More

topics: clean diesel, Daimler, Diesel, Volkswagen