Oil and Gas

Short-term Peak for US Gasoline Prices near

Last reported at $3.674 gallon on Memorial Day, the US average price for all formulas of regular grade gasoline surveyed by the Energy Information Administration looks to be near a… Read more »

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What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »

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Higher Wholesale Gasoline Costs Working through Supply Chain

The decline in US retail gasoline prices through early May is set to reverse ahead of Memorial Day, frequently referenced as the start to the summer driving season and, indeed,… Read more »

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Playing DICE with Dr. Diesel’s Moteur to reduce CO2 Intensity

When you look at causality between Carbon in the atmosphere climbing rapidly since the industrial revolution and seemingly going over the top of the ‘carbon budget’ (the point at which… Read more »

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Retail Gasoline Prices Set to Decline on Softening Wholesale Costs

The national average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States is set to decline for the first time since the start… Read more »

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Gasoline Prices Tugged Higher on Ukraine

Gasoline futures values surged to a high last seen in July 2013 on Apr. 24 before dropping back while the US retail average has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks… Read more »

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What the Oceans can Teach Us about Energy Hedging

I recently posted on energy management strategy with interruptible natural gas rates and the polar vortex as the backdrop. Over the last few weeks, I’ve received several emails asking for… Read more »

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Panic, Planning, Preparation & The Polar Vortex

How many times have you heard the term “polar vortex” this winter? Apparently, it is Public Enemy No. 1. It has already been blamed for the extremely harsh winter here… Read more »

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Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of Invensys and what it means for our System Integrator Alliance Partners

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. With the regulatory process complete, we are now in a position to share more information with you on… Read more »

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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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US Gasoline Futures Driving towards 2015 Low

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The seasonal attributes of the gasoline market in the United States are on clear display, with gasoline demand sliding since… Read more »

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US Gasoline Futures Drop Back in Spring Transition

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Sliding from a 1-1/2 year high on the first day of March, the April gasoline futures contract rolled into the… Read more »

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Colonial Pipeline Explosion Spikes Gasoline Futures

Within minutes of taking over as the nearest delivered contract in the evening hour of October 31, December RBOB futures spiked 18.56cts or 12.8% to a five-month high on the… Read more »

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eBOLs: Fact, Fiction and Future

Remember the not-so-good-old-days when most of our time was consumed by long paper trails and error-filled BOLs? They got damaged. They were late. They got lost. They were difficult to… Read more »

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Innovation in the Midstream – An Innovation Summit: Software Conference Update

Merriam-Webster defines innovation as “the introduction of something new” or “a new idea, method, or device”. It is that spirit that reflects what is happening this week at Schneider Electric… Read more »

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US Gasoline—another Psychological Barrier Breached

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Refining units returning from seasonal maintenance, notably along the heavy concentration of processing capacity along the US Gulf Coast, during… Read more »

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Was Your First Day on the Job Nothing Like College?

It’s graduation time and there are a whole lot of new chemical engineers fresh out of college, starting their very first career job in the refining industry. Full of head… Read more »

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Why Closing the Gap Between Scheduling and Operations is a Value Booster

By: Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be of success, but rather to be of value.” Value is incredibly important because it… Read more »

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Recent Surprises Turn Oil and Gas Market Bullish

Addressing recent events transforming the U.S. oil and gas market Inventory Decreasing Unexpected surprises continue for the U.S. gasoline market in 2016, this time with gasoline prices underpinned as an… Read more »

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Value Realized by Closing the Gap Between Scheduling and Operations

Have you ever thought about how gasoline gets from the well to the pump? We often fill up our cars without considering what it takes to do so. To get… Read more »

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Trying to understand (SIS) Safety Instrumented Systems?

As automation process engineers, we know about safety instrumented systems in process industry, but safety systems are in multiple industries and applications with their own safety standards and their own… Read more »

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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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US Gasoline Futures Finds Bottom

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The freefall in New York Mercantile Exchange traded gasoline futures looks to have been arrested, halted near long-term support at… Read more »

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RBOB Futures Steps on the Gas in Ushering in March

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Bullish seasonal features are now the driving force in the US gasoline market, and speculators have already positioned for the… Read more »

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New Zealand Utility Finds a Prefab, Modular Data Center is Just the Fix for its Data Center Expansion

Prefabricated, modular data centers are landing Down Under. The New Zealand-based utility company Northpower launched a portable, prefabricated modular data center – specifically a Schneider Electric SmartShelter modular data center…. Read more »

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Trump and the US Biodiesel Market in 2017

The surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has sparked concern that the 10-year old Renewable Fuel Standard might come under attack by his… Read more »

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From Natural Gas to Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap and Why You Should Care Where It Comes From The other night I was getting steak out of the fridge to season and grill when my daughter asked… Read more »

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Just a Tryst, or have Americans again Fallen in Love with the Automobile?

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Now that we’re in the peak driving season in the United States, early year prognostications for sharp growth in gasoline… Read more »

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Putting a New Face on the Industrial UPS Market: Faster Delivery, Lower Cost, Smaller Footprint

An order we recently took from a longtime customer illustrates the challenges that users of industrial UPSs often face. The customer, a refinery based in Turkey, was looking to replace… Read more »

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How Digital Operations Management Improves Profitability in this Challenging Oil and Gas Environment

Oil prices have dropped below $50/barrel recently, a level not seen since November 2016.  The decline in oil prices is likely due to the imbalance between supply and demand, slower… Read more »

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