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Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

  • 08/16/18

    Global Central Banks and Climate Change

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Central banks in our global economy are analyzing the impacts of climate change on long-term economic growth and inflation. Policymakers deem this as essential to quantify in order to pursue their objectives of price and financial market stability. The Bank of England has been at the forefront with…

  • 08/07/18

    Fuel Economy Proposal is Bad and Wrong

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: No one said that fuel economy regulations are optimal. Data and economic analysis conclude that a carbon tax or cap and trade schemes work the best. But absent that type of evidence-based policymaking, fuel economy rules are the behavioral nudge that incentivizes capital investment in a capital stock…

  • 07/31/18

    Surge in Oil Demand Growth

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: The leading indicators of the global economy suggest that growth is robust going into the second half of this year, fostering a rise in energy demand, particularly for oil. So far this year, oil demand is growing at an annual rate of nearly 2 million barrels per day….

  • 07/25/18

    Tariffs and Energy

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: A trade war has ignited, led by rhetoric and then implementation of U.S. import tariffs on solar panels, washing machines, steel, aluminum, and a host of products; most, if not all, from China. Next up was a broader implementation of U.S. import tariffs on goods from China. There…

  • 07/24/18

    Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets: Recent Published Research Sheds Light

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Research published last month provides a macro look at winners and losers when fossil fuels become stranded, i.e., not worth the walk to lift out of the ground. Energy efficiency, cost competitiveness of renewables, and policies designed to limit CO2 emissions combine to increase these strands. Projections of…

  • 06/19/18

    Stranded: UK Pension Funds May Get Green Light to Divest

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Early this week, the UK government issued a report seeking comment on discussion to allow UK government pension funds to divest of fossil fuel related financial assets. This effort is not new, but the UK government may be ahead of other countries in their call to allow portfolio…

  • 06/06/18

    Energy Reliability and Risk Mitigation

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: A statement issued by the U.S. Administration alleges that both coal and nuclear energy sources should be subsidized in order to provide an added layer of energy security. Central to this issue is the assertion that cyber security risks pose significant danger to the electric grid, thereby supporting…

  • 06/05/18

    Global Energy Demand Growth and Oil Pricing

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Global energy demand growth has accelerated and most forecasters anticipate over 1.5 million barrels per day of additional demand this year as compared to 2017. This acceleration is largely due to growing consumption trends in emerging markets, particularly in China and India. Oil prices may be affected by…

  • 05/01/18

    Economic and Social Impacts: Future Mobility Workshop

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: A full day of panel discussions with experts from across the country…and the UK…convened to discuss the future of mobility. Experts noted several trends using solid analysis of a diverse data sets, from ride hailing statistics to global electrified and autonomous vehicle sales. Policy interventions are key: many…

  • 04/24/18

    China’s New Energy Vehicle Policy

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released an updated policy last week. Combined with existing policy, the government is seeking to foster an investment climate for electrified vehicles. Being a leader in the production and sale of EVs may also provide a long-run global competitive advantage. China’s…