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Oil prices are plunging. 3 charts explain why it won’t impact power companies or the value of energy efficiency.

  • By Barry Fischer
  • December 18, 2014

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The price of crude oil has plummeted in recent weeks, hitting its lowest point since 2009. Driven by a perfect storm of increased oil supply and weakened oil demand, the price drop has rattled financial markets and provoked uncertainty about where oil prices are headed in 2015.

When oil prices tumble, there are winners and losers. Among the winners are car drivers and airlines, who find it cheaper to fill their fuel tanks. Among the losers are oil-producing companies, who get fewer dollars for every barrel of crude they sell.

What about power companies? It’s tempting to think that utilities, insofar as they are key players in the energy world, might also be adversely affected by convulsions in the oil market. But that would be incorrect.

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$220 billion. That’s how much Canada could save by investing in energy efficiency.

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • December 17, 2014

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We’ve recently highlighted how energy efficiency investments are paying big dividends across the United States. In states as disparate as Michigan and Georgia, a dollar spent on efficiency programs is delivering four dollars in benefits.

So, what can energy efficiency do for our neighbor to the north, Canada?

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10 energy numbers to remember from 2014

  • By Barry Fischer, Aaron Tinjum, and Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • December 13, 2014

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Sometimes energy makes headlines, sometimes it doesn’t. But it almost always has important implications for the global economy, the environment, and our day-to-day lives.

Here are 10 energy statistics from 2014 that capture some of the most noteworthy trends of the year, and that will shape the energy world in the years to come.

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