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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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Everyone Is an Energy Expert… So They Think

July 19, 2022 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas Oil Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Matthew Mattingly Gas Prices GIFfrom Gas GIFs 123 Everyone seems to have strong opinions on the high energy prices impacting our country (and the rest of the world).  Record high prices at the pump, coinciding with historically high prices for all fossil fuels have more people talking about energy supply and demand than I […]

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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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LNG Windfall Winners – Not the Usual Suspects

June 23, 2021 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas Politics Strategic Procurement

By: Matthew Mattingly The ever-changing energy landscape has proven its prowess again with the recent evolution of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) markets. Staying ahead of these trends requires a voracious reader willing to scour articles, blogs, and even Twitter. Books are slightly less of a requirement yet, I recently found myself reading Meghan L. O’Sullivan’s […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Just The Facts, Give Me The Facts!

November 1, 2017 - Mattingly Natural Gas

By: Matthew Mattingly Alright, so we heard you loud and clear. You love the information in the Bulls & Bears report, but you don’t have time to read the full report.  You need something quick and you need something easy. That way you can get back to what you do best…your job. Which is why […]

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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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Trump Effect # 2 – U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico

March 21, 2017 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly The best thing about Trump being president has to be political arguments. Not for me personally, but just watching others get in heated “discussions” because so many people love him or just flat out hate him no matter what he does. What is even more fun is starting political arguments. Nothing beats […]

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NYMEX Purchase (Yea…Now May Be The Time)

March 8, 2017 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly The NYMEX natural gas market has been depressed for a while now, even more so than the plot of Manchester by the Sea. Thanks to the shale era at the start of this decade, the NYMEX natural gas market has traded at historical lows. Furthermore, it’s been a rare occurrence for an […]

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The Trump Effect: What does it mean for Natural Gas Production?

February 24, 2017 - GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States and he is not taking long to put his campaign promises into action. Immigration, border walls, trans-pacific partnership and transgender bathrooms are just a few of the items that have been discussed or placed in executive orders. […]

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The Green and the Black…A Book Review

February 15, 2017 - Electricity GENERAL Mattingly Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Book reviews do not make the best blog entries. I get that, but sometimes the right book comes around that you need to share with your closest energy friends on the interwebs. That’s how I feel after just finishing The Green and the Black a book that discusses the fracking industry. Unlike […]

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How Low Can it Go? – Rig Counts

April 12, 2016 - Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Low pricing has been much the talk over the last few years in the energy industry. Low prices started in the natural gas industry, moved to natural gas liquids (ethane, propane, or anything else that ends with -ane), and finally hit the oil markets at the end of 2014. The drop in pricing […]

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Say Goodbye to the Curve – Hats & NYMEX

February 18, 2016 - Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Typically at least once a day I will see something on the internet or TV that makes me feel old. Today didn’t disappoint when I saw the following tweet regarding hats….     For the last couple of years I’ve noticed the trend was going to the flat bill hat, but curved […]

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Some NYMEX Trading Ranges are Wider than Others

February 10, 2016 - Natural Gas

by Matthew Mattingly Let’s be honest with ourselves, 2015 was a boring year for natural gas trading. Once the bottom fell out of the NYMEX market at the beginning of the year, trading remained range bound for the majority of the year. Finally, when the natural gas market did experience some movement it was only […]

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Let’s Face It – NG Production is Still on the Rise

January 26, 2016 - Natural Gas

By: Matthew Mattingly When discussing natural gas production in the United States, a phrase that I have been using a lot lately is “in the face of.” Although one of my colleagues isn’t fond of the phrase, “in the face of” is just another way to say “even though,” “in defiance of,” or “despite.” To me […]

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LNG Exports Set to Begin in 2016, But Does Anyone Really Care?

December 17, 2015 - Natural Gas

By: Matthew Mattingly A proposed game changer in the natural gas industry, LNG exports, is set to begin in the United States next month. That is when the Cheniere Energy, a Houston based energy company, is scheduled to start its first production train at the Sabine Pass project located at the Louisiana/Texas border. The export […]

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