Risk

Annual Badwater Ultra Marathon Held In Death Valley's Extreme Heat

Will it make a difference? Maybe. Certainly the fact that the Risky Business Project is fronted by a bipartisan and big-money bunch gives a high-profile twist to the U.S. climate-change discussion, at least in the short term. Led by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, the… Keep reading →

Yangon Economy Expands As Reforms Allow Business Growth

  In the last article of Breaking Energy’s series on Myanmar, we take a look at the state of foreign investment. For more on the challenges facing the government and how the country uses electricity, see the first article. For details on the government’s pricing structure and demand projections, see the second article. While residents… Keep reading →

Texas Gulf Coast Cleans Up After Hurricane Ike

The energy industry has the opportunity to become a leader rather than a laggard on climate change risk analysis by embracing the evaluation of risks and applying its significant financial and management resources to the improvement of climate resiliency. A new National Climate Assessment is set for release in late April 2014, and one of… Keep reading →

Positive Earnings Reports Push Stocks Higher

    There are some words in the business world that become swiftly debased: innovation and cleantech are, along with “crowd” anything, are among the worst of recent offenders. But that doesn’t mean that any of these terms fail to represent meaningful concepts for  energy sector decision-makers, and if anything participants in energy business decision… Keep reading →

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - Day 20

No doubt the Energy and Utilities industry has witnessed increasing complexity and significant challenges in recent years, centering around compliance issues, competitive pricing pressures, and business continuity. These issues, amongst others, will remain the focus for Board and Management’s corporate strategy and 2014 planning meetings around the world. Looking back on year 2013, and ahead… Keep reading →

Germany Expands Its Electricity Network

The US power sector is just beginning to understand the extent of the challenge it faces in replacing a retiring workforce, and to take steps to address it. But even if utilities manage to fill vacant positions, it remains to be seen how smoothly they can integrate a new generation of workers, and how long… Keep reading →

Hurricane Sandy Bears Down On U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coastline

After many years of essentially never worrying about power delivery, the past decade has brought an accelerating number of service interruptions to the citizens of the United States and steadily raised concerns about the sources of their energy alongside renewed interest in details of the system’s functioning. Those of us who have been working in… Keep reading →

The Future of Solar: Sink or Securitize

Solar Power Tower To Produce Enough Energy For 180,000 Homes

The energy finance community has been eagerly anticipating the introduction of solar asset-backed securities – “solar securitization,”  – for at least three years, and may be waiting for another year or more. But sooner or later, securitization is coming to solar finance, and when it does, it will have a profound impact on the pace… Keep reading →

World Poker Tour - Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship - Day One

When it comes to energy trading, there’s very little that’s 100% certain. But you don’t need to know everything to get a leg up in natural gas or power markets. You just need to know more than the other guy. Software firm EarthRisk Technologies has unveiled a mid-range temperature forecasting product designed to give its… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

In its latest report on the energy trilemma of security, equitable access and sustainability, the World Energy Council and its project partner Oliver Wyman polled dozens of policymakers and regulators to find out what they think stakeholders should do to help policy meet the global energy challenge. “It is time to cut through the present… Keep reading →

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