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Dominick A. Chirichella, Energy Management Institute
November 21, 2014
The short-term direction of oil prices continues to be driven by the 30 second news snippets hitting the media airwaves on anything OPEC and/or the Iran-West nuclear deal. For the next week, these two issues will continue to be the main short-term oil price drivers with everything else playing a secondary...
Natalia Mestvirishvili, Director NE/NY Desk
November 18, 2014
Volatility in the power market has been a predominant feature in New England for the past two winters. Cold weather combined with a limited gas supply, caused by pipeline capacity constraints, left gas-fired power generators scrambling for fuel. In addition to this, the weather resulted in a rise in demand...
Lee Williams, Data Integrity Analyst & Amanda Dirkes, Analyst, Refining & Processing
November 18, 2014
Primary processing utilization rates in the East Coast, Mid Continent, and Gulf Coast remained virtually unchanged last week, although multiple changes occurred at secondary units. The following is a recap of utilization rates and operational statuses affecting the market in the those regions. East Coast...
Pedro Mulero, Director of Demand & Wind Forecasting
November 14, 2014
The upcoming winter will offer a wide variety of weather scenarios, which may or may not be similar to those we experienced last year. None of these scenarios, however, will likely include the return of the dreaded polar vortex. A Brief Recap of Winter 2013-2014 Last winter was extremely cold in...
Rick Margolin, Senior Natural Gas Analyst
November 14, 2014
Genscape’s meteorological group is forecasting another colder-than-normal winter for many parts of the U.S. However, Genscape supply and demand forecasts indicate that, even if temperatures are to mimic last winter’s extreme cold, the market will not be as bullish as last winter due to...
Hillary Stevenson, Manager, Supply Chain Network
November 13, 2014
Change is inevitable. The significant increase in North American crude oil production and infrastructure build out has not only reshaped the relationship between domestic and global crude oil pricing, but has fundamentally altered the connection between North American crude trading hubs. In the old...
Lee Williams, Analyst, Data Integrity & Amanda Dirkes, Analyst, Refinery Processing
November 11, 2014
Primary processing utilization rates increased in the Mid Continent and Gulf Coast last week as the fall turnaround season continues to wrap up. The following is a recap of utilization rates and operational statuses impacting the market in the East Coast and those regions. East Coast In the East Coast...
Lee Williams, Analyst, Data Integrity & Amanda Dirkes, Analyst, Refinery Processing
November 06, 2014
Primary processing utilization rates increased in the Gulf Coast last week as the fall turnaround season begins to wrap up. The Mid Continent, on the other hand, decreased due to units being shut at an Oklahoma refinery. The following is a recap of utilization rates and operational statuses impacting the...
Jodi Quinnell, Manager, Crude Oil Analytics
November 05, 2014
With continued weakness in crude oil prices, the constant question is when, and by how much, will producers in the U.S. pull back on drilling and production plans. Currently, oil and horizontal rigs are at a near all-time high and drilling activity shows little sign of slowing down. There are...
Lee Williams, Analyst, Data Integrity & Amanda Dirkes, Analyst, Refinery Processing
October 30, 2014
Primary processing utilization rates were unchanged for refineries in the East Coast, Mid Continent and Gulf Coast this past week as ongoing fall turnaround work continues. The following is a recap of utilization rates and operational statuses impacting the market in those three regions. East Coast In...

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