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Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

  • 11/07/17

    House Tax Reform Bill: Energy-Related Provisions

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: The House Plan cuts corporate and income tax rates, allows for immediate expensing of business capital equipment purchases and rolls back the ability to deduct interest expenses for both businesses and consumers. It does, however, retain both the production and investment tax credits, albeit somewhat reduced, for certain…

  • 10/31/17

    It’s Complicated: Energy Use in E-Commerce versus Traditional Retailing Channels

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: There is limited empirical research on the energy used in e-commerce sales as compared to traditional “brick-and-mortar”retail sales. Given the recent trend toward strong growth in online sales, these studies will be important in understanding the mix and magnitude of energy use associated with this transition. Much more…

  • 10/25/17

    The Future of Mobility : TE3 2017

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Our October 20 TE3 Conference included a panel of experts who discussed the future of mobility and the likely “slope of the curve.” How fast will change take place? There was a panel consensus that “this time is different,” i.e., that the technology has advanced which will allow…

  • 10/17/17

    India’s Energy Sector

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: India’s economy is growing at one of the strongest rates as compared to any other emerging market. Energy demand growth also is vibrant — and spans from coal to oil and renewables. Vehicle sales are fueling growth in oil demand as consumers enter the take-off stage of economic…

  • 10/10/17

    Raw Materials Used To Make Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: There are many components and raw materials that go into lithium-ion batteries to power electrified vehicles. Fluctuations in commodity prices can have an impact on battery costs and prices. Two commodities which may be pressure points are lithium and cobalt. In February, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy…

  • 09/27/17

    Forecasting the Unforecastable

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Short-term and even long-term forecasts of oil demand and prices are an art, not a science. There is a range of potential outcomes supported by demand, supply, technology, and policy drivers. Even so, many analysts must recommend oil forecast assumptions for business planning. Oil demand and price forecasts…

  • 09/19/17

    Cryptocurrency Energy Consumption

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are reportedly energy intensive technologies. While worrisome on the face of it, the laws of supply and demand will likely prevail to temper the alarmist predictions. Whether old or new, money provides three essential functions: store of value, medium of exchange, and…

  • 09/12/17

    China’s New Energy Vehicles

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: China’s government leaders have outlined an ambitious plan to increase the sales and production of new energy vehicles. As in other countries, without substantial subsidies or carbon taxes, aggressive targets will be difficult to achieve. China’s long-term strategy for the automotive industry is to expand the production and…

  • 09/06/17

    Harvey Aftermath

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Our thoughts are with the people of Texas as they struggle to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. The recovery has begun; the road ahead is long and arduous. The concentration of energy assets in the area hit by the hurricane adds to the challenges, though many…

  • 08/29/17

    Energy Exchange Traded Funds

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Energy exchange traded funds have exploded in recent years. In principle, this is a positive development because it has made investing in the energy sector less expensive, thereby providing more funds for capital spending in the sector. Most recently, investors are voting with their purse: year-to- date returns…