Few expected huge news out of Friday's OPEC meeting, Charles Kennedy writes, but the fact that Indonesia wants back in the powerful oil cartel came as a surprise.
Sanctions on Iran have kept its oil out of the marketplace, writes Nick Cunningham, but that could change if the country reaches a nuclear agreement with the West. What's unclear is how OPEC would accommodate the flood of Iranian crude.
Falling oil prices last year spelled trouble for Russia, which gets half its budget from fossil fuel revenues, writes Andy Tully. But the modest revival in prices over the last few month has made economic forecasts more optimistic.
In coal-loving Kentucky, Obama's climate regulations and the cheap price of natural gas are making the fossil fuel an appealing alternative to coal, writes Andy Tully.
With solar costs falling, oil-poor countries in the Middle East – like Egypt and Jordan – might be able to cash in on their plentiful sun power, writes Darrell Delamaide.
Big investors are confident that fossil fuels will remain a key energy source for years down the road, writes Michael McDonald, and the number of clean energy patents – a proxy for innovation – fell last year.
With the world’s largest coal consumers trying to rid themselves of the dirty fuel, it appears that there is little room to maneuver for coal producers, Cunningham writes. 2015 may be the year in which it all starts to fall apart.
Even Shell officials think that the oil major will not be able to see Arctic oil hit the market until sometime in the 2030s, Cunningham writes.
First developed in the early 19th century, the Stirling engine is regaining favor as a way to squeeze even more power out of the sun's energy.
Major oil companies including Total, Eni, Saudi Aramco, BG, Royal Dutch Shell, and others have come together to form an industry group to weigh in on climate negotiations to take place in Paris later this year.
Crude prices have risen over the past few weeks, after collapsing from $100 a barrel last summer to around $50 a barrel early this year. But as James Stafford writes, some predict prices could fall again later this year.
Iraqi oil production is growing, writes Nick Cunningham, even as Islamic State gains ground. The global glut of crude has insulated markets against geopolitical shocks, and the fall of Ramadi hasn't impacted production in Iraq's oil-rich South.
Azerbaijan has long been a key piece in the US's foreign policy puzzle, writes Nick Cunningham, and news that Congressmen traveled there at the expense of a state-owned oil company is the latest link between the countries.
OPEC mega-producer Saudi Arabia is boosting oil production to hold its market share, writes James Stafford, forcing US shale drillers to scale back production until prices rise.
Unless the US can do more to assuage Saudi Arabia's concerns, writes Nick Cunningham, Arab opposition may undermine a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear program.
Low oil prices are especially challenging for producers in North Dakota, where the cost of production is high. Pipeline spills and an oil train derailment there last week add another dimension to the difficult oil drilling picture in the state.
The potential of future US and UK sanctions on Russia has scuttled a Russian billionaire's plans in North Sea oil and gas fields, writes Andy Tully. It comes at a time when low oil and gas prices have decreased interest in North Sea fields.
Low oil prices have meant an uptick in demand for tankers that ship crude oil and refined products around the world, writes Charles Kennedy. And that growing demand has meant tanker companies can charge more for their services.
The US ban on oil exports could be on the way out – at least to a limited extent, writes Alexis Arthur. And it could dramatically alter the landscape of North American energy integration.
Cheap oil has challenged the oil business, but refining has been a bright spot. That's good news for the likes of Exxon and Shell, whose losses at the well have been offset by strong demand for cheap gasoline and other refined products.