2017 WSLCA Summer Conference

July 10, 2017

Event Date: July 9-13, 2017 Location: Anchorage, Alaska Event Link

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Risk Management at Risk: The EPA Needs Time to Review Controversial New Safety Measures

July 10, 2017

By Jacqueline Campos In the final days of the Obama administration, the EPA published an amendment to the RMP, affecting chemical facilities and oil refineries. The amendment sought to improve accident prevention efforts and strengthen coordination, communication and public information accessibility. The highly controversial changes to the plan, published in January, were set to take effect March 2017. However, facing intense pressure from a host of industry groups, the EPA […]

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Opportune Hires 13 New College Graduates

July 6, 2017

Opportune LLP, a leading international energy consulting firm, announced today that it has hired 13 new college graduates as part of the firm’s recruitment strategy to attract the next generation of top energy industry talent. The employees will participate in Opportune’s knowledge-transfer and training program across the company’s Process & Technology, Restructuring and Entity Valuation practices. Opportune has made a significant investment in employee training to ensure entry-level employees are […]

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The Future Looks Bright for Natural Gas-Fired Power Generation but Price Volatility is a Wild Card

July 3, 2017

By Aaron Larson, POWER Magazine‘s executive editor Commentary by Charlie Palmer The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) earlier this year reported that the power sector was poised to add 11.2 GW of new natural gas–fired capacity in 2017. If that forecast proves accurate, it will be the largest addition in any year since 2005. What’s more, the EIA said another 25.4 GW of gas-fired capacity would be added in 2018. […]

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Opportune on CBS Evening News

June 30, 2017

Click here to see the full video DALLAS — The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates a record 44.2 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles over the long weekend. The vast majority, 37.5 million, will be driving. These road trips are being fueled by cheaper gas. Maria Martinez is driving from Texas to Kansas for Independence Day weekend. But this year, filling up her gas tank isn’t draining her wallet. […]

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Key Business Challenges for Retail Energy Providers: Part II

June 29, 2017

By Charlie Palmer In Part 1 we discussed some ways retailers can better manage their commodity risks and improve their margin forecasting and analysis.  In Part 2, we will focus on reducing costs. What are the key levers for a retailer to improve their operation and reduce costs? Streamline business processes to increase efficiency and improve reliability Reduce back-office costs & increase flexibility Evaluate outsourcing options Streamline business processes to […]

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Q&A: Texas oil should keep booming despite crude prices

June 19, 2017

by Jordan Blum, reporter with the Houston Chronicle Interview with Curt Taylor, President of Ralph E. Davis Associates, an Opportune LLP company Curt Taylor worked for years researching whether oil and gas projects were worthy of investments. Now, he’s moving over to the consulting game as the new president of the 93-year-old petroleum engineering firm Ralph E. Davis Associates. Taylor, a longtime managing director for the EIG Global Energy private equity […]

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The Value of Integration

June 19, 2017

FAILING TO INTEGRATE YOUR BUSINESS CAN BE DEVASTATING TO YOUR INVESTMENT by Drew Lockard for Oil & Gas Financial Journal AS RECORD LEVELS of oil and gas A&D activity in 2016 transition into a healthier 2017, the ability to identify, vet, and ultimately integrate acquisitions remains important. After the commodity price drops in 2014, many companies worked diligently to reduce debt (in or out of bankruptcy court) and slash operating […]

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