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Economy

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The study of energy (oil, natural gas, electricity) value chains and markets, leading to economic insights and projections that inform decision makers in industry and government as well as other stakeholders.


Natural gas and oil resources

Natural gas and oil resources
The study of conventional and unconventional resource production, including integration of geologic analysis and recovery/decline analysis with well economics and production outlooks for oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Policy and regulatory issues that impact hydrocarbon recovery and supply.

Center for Energy Economics
BEG Shale Resource and Reserve Study


U.S. producer and national oil-company benchmarking:

U.S. producer and national oil-company benchmarking
The study of the cost structures, performance, company finances, funding sources, and capital market risks that inform exploration and production economics. Policy and regulatory considerations that influence oil and gas producer behavior and cost structures.

Center for Energy Economics NOCs


Critical energy infrastructure (midstream to downstream):

Critical energy infrastructure (midstream to downstream)
Value-chain costs and stakeholder risks involved in the development and operation of oil and gas logistics and infrastructure. Electric power logistics, including grid enhancement and reliability.

Center for Energy Economics 


Natural gas and oil markets

Natural gas and oil markets
Analysis of commodity market trends and demand-side analyses, including modeling EPA regulations, renewables, and other factors impacting competitiveness of natural gas for power generation; drivers for industrial demand for natural gas; natural-gas use in transportation; natural-gas trade flows; and global gas-demand studies.

Center for Energy Economics


Electricity markets

Electricity markets
Economics of generation technologies—including coal, natural gas, nuclear, and renewables—plus demand response, storage, ancillary services, regulation, and other market design issues. Testing via AURORAxmp economic dispatch software.

Center for Energy Economics


Energy webs

Energy webs
Demonstration of the complexities of - and tradeoffs associated with - alternative energy options across multiple dimensions such as cost, reliability, environmental impacts, safety, and systems security.

Center for Energy Economics