RBAC Inc., Energy Market Simulation Systems

Ever Increasing U.S. Natural Gas Exports – for Now

The Biden Administration dropped a bombshell last week, announcing a pause to some natural gas export facility approvals and a review of how such projects are evaluated. Future evaluations of LNG Export facilities will “adequately account” for domestic energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. How this pause impacts future industry developments is yet to be […]

Potential Impacts of a Hurricane on Gulf LNG Exports

The advent of the LNG Export Era has had a dramatic impact on the North American Natural Gas Market. Nearly 13% of all natural gas produced in North America is shipped overseas to trading partners; exposing domestic customers to international markets. This global market exposure has been highlighted by the events in Ukraine when Russian […]

MVP Southgate: The Next Domino to Fall

With the “on again off again” nature of Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Status, there was bound to be collateral damage.  In our August 2022 commentary “Can Mountain Valley Pipeline Reduce Inflation?” we discussed the background of the project and the benefits it would provide to Virginia customers.  These benefits look to be on the horizon after […]

Haynesville and Marcellus: A Tale of Two Shales

Over the past two years, the oil and gas industry has seen record profit for producers, geopolitical conflicts, supply chain disruptions, inflationary and ESG pressures and a war to boot. A quote from A Tale of Two Cities comes to mind, and sums up quite nicely our recent circumstances: “It was the best of times, […]

California Energy Prices – When Things Break

Source: Adobe Stock California is certainly a state of extremes. It experienced extreme drought (leading to a low hydro year) and had extensive flooding later in the same year. Winter weather was cold, and parts of California were buried under a 50-year high snow just last week. One should expect some variance in energy prices […]

Natural Gas Prices are Down, But for How Long?

What Goes Up Must Come Down… 2022 was a turbulent time for natural gas prices, not only in Europe, but in North America as well.  Monthly Henry Hub prices settled over $8/MMBtu twice, and over $7/MMBtu for five months straight, driven largely by geo-political uncertainty and whipsaw market fundamentals. Prices that had not been seen […]

What do the Cowboys and Lower 48 Natural Gas Production have in Common?

Hard Work. Consistent, diligent, hard work (along with a little help from your friends) makes winning look easy. The American Football Cowboys’ running back tandem, Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliot, trampled the 8-1 Vikings, scoring four total touchdowns. Their success was made possible by a terrific offensive line. Similarly natural gas producers in the South-Central […]

Can Mountain Valley Pipeline Reduce Inflation

H.R.5376 or The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 seems to be all anyone can talk about these days. This broad-ranging legislation touches everything from healthcare to the IRS budget and even climate change. Proponents of the bill having said it will reduce healthcare costs, fund low-carbon energy projects and close tax loopholes. Opponents have opined […]

Out of Chaos – Finding Opportunity in a Volatile Gas Market

Ongoing chaos seems to have become the new normal: extreme temperatures rolling through the lower 48 United States, trade disputes with Mexico, LNG Plant explosions and last but certainly not least the ongoing Ukraine/Russia Conflict.  Every day there seems to be a new wrinkle throwing energy markets into a spiral, highlighting the need for companies […]