The entry costs of modern renewables

Perhaps I’m being biased here because it’s something that relates to my home country, but I do think this article deserves a read: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus, by Macro Sibaja on the Costa Rican newspaper ‘The Tico Times’. Originally by the AFP, the article basically summarises a fairly important event…

Are some taxes better than others?

I normally do not like to even mention articles in company blogs because they are necessarily biased. After all, they’re marketing. But take a look at this article: Stranded assets: do they have a future? The post was written by Bruce Menzies, who is the Chairman and co-founder of PAL, an UK based company that…

Being cool in the world of tomorrow

Although it would initially seem as totally unrelated to energy, you have to read this article entitled If Eating is “Cool” then Farming must be “Cool” too by Willfred Iyamuremye on the World Bank blog. The article is actually about agriculture. It starts by noting that the perception of farmers is not precisely ‘cool’. In…

Highlighting divergence in cost/benefit analyses

Oftentimes, the issues that grab energy headlines are an extension of deeper underlying divisions. Take Keystone XL pipeline, which was a major news issue this week due to Trump’s go-ahead. The official position is that it’s good for the economy. There are doubts about whether it even makes financial sense. And there are some who…

Overcoming our OPEC obsession

The articles that I want to highlight relate to a discussion that raged on in several energy- and oil-related outlets this week: are OPEC’s cuts working? Before that, a small background. We don’t know what the price of oil would be right now without the cuts but prices did increase slightly from the point cuts…