Since OPEC’s November 2014 decision to let the oil price fall rather than cut output, the outlook for the energy sector has changed dramatically. Oil prices have rebounded from an historic slump as OPEC has re-emerged and asserted itself to curb global oil production and oil demand has grown faster than expected. At the same time, U.S. shale oil looks set to rise sharply, and U.S. fuel economy standards may be eased, thus boosting demand, even as questions about longer term oil demand remain. All of this poses enormous uncertainties for design of environmental policy, for the global economy, and for geopolitical stability in key producing countries around the world.
Host Jason Bordoff sits down with Bobby Tudor, Chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC, to discuss the outlook for the energy sector. Prior to founding Tudor Capital, Bobby spent nearly twenty years at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he was a partner. Bobby holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University and a JD from Tulane Law School. Among many topics Bobby and Jason discuss, several include: The oil price outlook and the role U.S. shale will play; Digitization of the oil field; Capital availability and financing; The role of emerging markets in global demand; The new policy landscape in D.C. and how deregulation will affect the energy sector.
New markets dynamics, technological innovation, and evolving climate and geopolitical issues have made the energy sector incredibly dynamic and increasingly complicated to understand for policymakers, business leaders, academia and the general public alike. To help decode and explain these issues and their significance within a greater global context, journalists covering the energy beat have never been more important. On this episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange host Bill Loveless sits down with veteran energy reporters Steve Mufson from the Washington Post and Amy Harder, who has recently moved from the Wall Street Journal to a new startup called Axios, to discuss the importance of energy literacy and how the energy beat has dramatically changed in the last decade. Among many topics Bill, Steve and Amy discussed, several include: The importance of energy literacy and key challenges journalists face when covering the energy beat; Energy's interconnectedness to other economic, public health, and political factors; How the energy beat has changed over the years; The first months of the Trump Administration and energy policy.
Jason Bordoff speaks with Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil, about the short and long term energy outlook. Eirik is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas, and prior to his time at Statoil, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway, in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and he worked at Total E&P Norway. Jason and Eirik spoke at an international energy conference in Oslo, Norway. Among many topics they discussed, several include: The role of peak oil demand in energy markets; The growth of international LNG exports; China's demand for energy; The integration of renewables into the power grid.
Host Bill Loveless speaks with Robert Powelson, the new President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Robert is a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, he has chaired the NARUC Committee on Water and he formerly served as the President of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. Bill and Robert discussed: what state utility regulators expect to see from the Trump Administration and how it will differ from regulation under President Obama; the future of the Clean Power Plan and state approaches to decarbonization; nuclear waste and the future of Yucca Mountain; the need for a renaissance in energy infrastructure; and energy innovation.