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Strange Times: Natural Gas Storage Level – Remastered

September 14, 2022 - Amstutz Energy Management Solution Natural Gas Strategic Procurement Weather

By Chris Amstutz No Spoilers The fall season inherently breeds uncertainty. Questions like, will the weather be 80 degrees and sunny, or 50 and rainy? Is the Stranger Things cast too old to be believable anymore? Or the most important, troubling question of them all, will natural gas storage levels be at unsustainably low levels […]

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Shoot Me Straight: Is Biden Wrecking Energy Markets?

April 5, 2022 - Amstutz Electricity Ercot GENERAL Natural Gas Oil Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz We regret to inform you; the politicians are back at it again. We have commented on politics in energy numerous times in the past, and today we look to address the volley of energy headlines that have come out in recent weeks. Like every topic, there is nuance and gray area that […]

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Five Years and Fifty Blogs Later

May 20, 2021 - Amstutz Electricity Energy Management Solution G.E.T CONNECTED GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas Politics Strategic Procurement

Choice! Energy Management’s blog, The Burn, is an extensive and diverse selection of posts on all the latest energy news including technology, politics and business. Our goal is to open pathways for productive conversation, as well as examine Choice’s place in the world of energy. Where has the time gone? Five years ago, Choice! Energy […]

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ERCOT Disaster: MythBusters

February 25, 2021 - Amstutz Electricity Ercot Natural Gas Nuclear Power Politics Strategic Procurement Weather

By: Chris Amstutz The winter storm of the century in the energy capital of the world has frozen all preconceived notions of the Electric “Reliability” Council of Texas. As the snow melts and the plumbing repairs begin, the analysts at Choice! Energy Management find solace in aiding Texans through these difficult times. With any natural […]

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New Year Same Crazy: Regulatory Changes for Energy

February 10, 2021 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Natural Gas Oil Politics

By: Chris Amstutz Whoever started the idea that 2021 was going to be a more simple, normal year should be run out of town. *Insert more 2021 vs. 2020 meme’s here*.  New COVID strains, new politicians, and continued social uneasiness is making it feel like the 14th month of 2020. Add the fact that complex […]

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Holiday Movies as Natural Gas Fundamentals

December 7, 2020 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz via GIPHY The NYMEX natural gas market was not exempt from the craziness of this year. Compared to 2019 price volatility was up 50%, and we recorded the lowest price since 1991 ($1.482 on 6/25). Of the 236 days traded so far this year, 134 of those days traded below the $2.00 […]

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The Energy Wizards of Oz: Trump & Biden 2020

September 23, 2020 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Natural Gas Nuclear Power Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz Never have we had Presidential candidates with such diametrically opposed energy policies. We have spoken in previous blogs about the intertwined climate/energy policy debate, and now we have been led up to the fork in the proverbial yellow brick road. Will we get behind the Tinman, Joe Biden, and grease the gears […]

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Independence Day: The Natural Gas Market

July 1, 2020 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Strategic Procurement

via GIPHY The only thing that could make 2020 more unbelievable would be massive alien saucers hovering over major US cities. COVID-19 continues to linger, election rhetoric is heating up, and NYMEX Natural Gas just broke the record for its LOWEST MONTHLY PRICE SETTLEMENT IN 25 YEARS. With the July contract settling at $1.495/MMBtu, preconceived […]

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Choppy Waters: Power Market Volatility

January 30, 2020 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Strategic Procurement

By: Chris Amstutz Businesses across the country are taking notice of the rapidly changing power generation mix. Is it simply due to the sight of wind and solar farms popping up along the highway? No, rather it is due to something more vital: their bottom line. From California, to Texas, to the Northeast, the impacts […]

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Checkmate: Has Trump Slumped Oil?

November 28, 2018 - Amstutz Natural Gas Oil

By: Chris Amstutz The holidays are a time for being thankful for family, friends, and the recent slump in oil prices. Obviously lower oil prices mean Americans save more on gasoline, but oil prices affect many aspects of the energy and financial world. The recent happenings in the oil market have been a game of […]

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Strange Times: Natural Gas Storage Level

October 16, 2018 - Amstutz Natural Gas Weather

By: Chris Amstutz The fall season inherently breeds uncertainty. Questions like, will the weather be 80 degrees and sunny, or 50 and rainy? Should I pay money to have someone scare me, or just sit at home and let the evening news do it? Or the most important, troubling question of them all, will natural […]

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Energy Purgatory: SoCal

August 22, 2018 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Natural Gas

By: Chris Amstutz The recent pricing spikes in California serve as an interesting case study in the energy community. A series of events have aligned in California to give the CAISO grid and SoCal gas system their biggest test in the last ten plus years.  It certainly feels like Murphy’s law is at work in […]

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Check Back Soon Part III: Geopolitical Oil Fundamentals

July 10, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Oil

By: Chris Amstutz We have saved the broadest, yet most impactful, oil market discussion for part III of this blog series. The latest round of geopolitical news has made the oil market crystal ball less murky. The interactions between the countries of OPEC, Russia, China and the United States are tense, and oil prices are […]

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Check Back Soon Part II: Permian Production Growth

June 20, 2018 - Amstutz Natural Gas Oil

By: Chris Amstutz Certainly by now our consistent blog readers are picking up on the theme of relating random pop-culture topics to energy markets, and maybe to your delightful chagrin, this blog will be no different. Today we will continue discussing our latest series on oil market volatility and how Permian production growth fits in […]

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Check Back Soon: Oil Market Volatility

May 30, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Oil

By: Chris Amstutz Many analysts in the energy industry try to make a living by attempting to forecast the next big macro shift in oil prices. The truth of the matter is that nobody can fully anticipate movements in oil prices, not in this geopolitical environment, not with Trump as our President. Just when an […]

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Trade Wars: Energy in the Marionette Theatre

May 7, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Natural Gas Oil Steel Tariff

By: Chris Amstutz Puppet Master: (Noun) “A person, group, or country that covertly controls another” The weird thing about having such an unreserved President in office has been the rather predictable, unpredictability. One day we hear about alleged affairs with porn stars, but we know it will quickly be forgotten the next day when North […]

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ERCOT Madness

March 13, 2018 - Amstutz Electricity Natural Gas Weather

By: Chris Amstutz It’s that wild time of the year when work productivity tanks as people across America secretly watch their favorite college basketball team compete for glory in the NCAA Tournament. This sacred month for sports fans will be a roller coaster of expectations and emotions, just like this summer will be in the […]

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Nuclear Power: The Half-Life of an Industry

February 2, 2018 - Amstutz GENERAL Nuclear Power

By: Chris Amstutz What images come to mind when you hear the term “Nuclear Power”?  If it is 3 eyed fish, rivers of fluorescent glowing matter or people in haz-mat suits, you aren’t too far off from most people.  Shows like The Simpsons have been painting a satirically negative view of the nuclear industry for […]

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Did You See Those Prices?

January 8, 2018 - Amstutz Mattingly Natural Gas Weather

By: Matthew Mattingly & Chris Amstutz The Arcticgeddon, Snowmageddon, Bomb Cyclone Blizzard, or whatever you want to call it, just brought harsh winter weather to the Eastern Seaboard. This storm boasted 60+ mph blizzard winds and serves as the exclamation point for a wild two weeks of record low temperatures for the region and the […]

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What Happened…A Market Review

November 29, 2017 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL

By: Chris Amstutz Last fall we witnessed Donald Trump accomplish the improbable by defeating Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential Election. This fall we have seen a surge in Texas power futures, and many are again left wondering, what happened? While the results of a US Presidential Election may be moderately more important (sarcasm), I […]

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Winter Forecasts (Not So) Set In Stone

November 14, 2017 - Amstutz Natural Gas Weather Forecasting

By: Chris Amstutz With thousands of years of human technological advances you would think your local weatherperson could prepare everyone for the upcoming winter. Winter is coming (insert your favorite Game of Throne meme here) and unfortunately forecasts more than 7 days out are still iffy from most meteorologists. That is why many would rather […]

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Did Trump Save Coal?

September 26, 2017 - Amstutz Electricity GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Chris Amstutz / Matthew Mattingly It was around this time last year that in the heat of the presidential campaign, we witnessed a full committal to the coal industry by Donald Trump. “A lot of people are going to be put back to work, a lot of coal miners are going back to work,” […]

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