Denver Post reporter Mark Jaffe on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post
Denver Post reporter Mark Jaffe on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post

Mark Jaffe, Writer, EUCI

Mark Jaffe is a former writer on energy issues for The Denver Post. He was an energy and corporate finance reporter for Bloomberg News and covered environment and energy for The Philadelphia Inquirer. As a Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a Neiman Fellow at Harvard, Mark studied the links between the economy, energy and the environment.

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A Biden plan would speed a clean energy transition, but have limited impact on oil - Energize Weekly, October 28, 2020 As Election Day nears, analysts are starting to focus on what the administration of front-running Joe Biden will mean for energy and find it could accelerate the decline of coal, stabilize near-term oil markets, as well as boost renewables and new jobs. A Biden administration, despite its avowed aim of banning new oil development on
Fossil fuel demand drops in 2020 with a limited rebound in 2021, IEA says - Energize Weekly, October 21, 2020 The global pandemic will cut worldwide energy demand 5 percent in 2020 and result in an 18 percent decline in energy investment, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts. If the novel coronavirus is brought under control in 2021, energy demand will return to its pre-crisis level by the end of the year – if
Corporate solar had another banner year in 2019 with 1.2 GW of new installations - Energize Weekly, October 14, 2020 Corporate solar generating capacity continued its rapid growth in 2019 with nearly 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity – a 10 percent year-on-year increase, according to a survey by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). There is now a total of 8.3 GW of corporate solar capacity at 38,000 sites in 43 states, with 50
Pandemic and weak prices drive shale oil companies back into the red and debt - Energize Weekly, October 7, 2020 After trying to cut spending and debt, shale drillers are seeing a wave of red ink and increasing liability in 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the weak oil and gas prices it has spawned, according to two financial analyses. In 2019, 39 oil-focused exploration and production (E&P) companies evaluated by
Utilities are pledging zero-carbon emissions, but “the math doesn’t yet add up” - Energize Weekly, September 30, 2020 A growing number of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) have pledged to sharply reduce their carbon emissions or even cut them to zero, but two studies have found a gap between the pledges and those utilities’ performance. Forty-three of the country’s 55 IOUs have emission-reduction targets, and 22 have net-zero or carbon-free electricity goals, according to a
Oil demand has peaked and won’t recover from the pandemic, BP and DNV GL say - Energize Weekly, September 23, 2020 One casualty of the novel coronavirus pandemic – which will not recover – is the global oil market, according to analyses by oil major BP and consultant DNV GL. BP in its 2020 Energy Outlook projects that the market hit its peak in 2019 and “does not fully recover” from the COVID-19 pandemic. The International
Two FERC decisions pose problems for renewable energy generation - Energize Weekly, September 16, 2020 In a pair of September rulings, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has undercut the development of clean energy projects, according to environmentalists and a dissenting commissioner. A Sept. 1, FERC decision limited the flexibility of small, renewable energy projects to get certification that assures their electricity will be bought at favorable rates under the
Could a Biden presidency be a boost to both the power sector and the oil and gas industry? - Energize Weekly, September 9, 2020 Joe Biden becoming president of the U.S. could be a boost for clean energy and perhaps somewhat ironically, for oil and gas – at least in the short run. That was the conclusion of energy industry consultants Wood Mackenzie and Rystad Energy in separate analyses. While Wood Mackenzie looked at Biden’s clean power plans and
U.S. wind investment hits $13 billion in 2019, generating capacity grows across the country - Energize Weekly, September 2, 2020 More than nine gigawatts (GW) of wind generating capacity – a $13 billion investment – was installed in the U.S. in 2019 as wind power output rose to 7 percent of the nation’s total electricity supply, according to a market report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Renewable energy investment globally – led by a
Rural communities to get $865 million in infrastructure aid from USDA programs - Energize Weekly, August 26, 2020 The Trump administration, in the last three weeks, has announced $865 million in loans and grants to upgrade rural infrastructure – electric grids, water systems and broadband internet. The two largest programs are for water and wastewater systems – $462 million – and rural electrification – $371 million. The largest loans are in the rural

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