from The Great Debate:

The Case Against Natural Gas Exports

By Charles R. Morris
August 19, 2013

President Barack Obama has made middle-class jobs and natural gas two of his top second-term policy objectives. Both could be undermined if his Department of Energy (DOE) continues to approve gas industry applications for exporting American gas.

from Breakingviews:

Battered E.ON and RWE still far from bottom

August 14, 2013

By Olaf Storbeck

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Lipper Columns:

CTRL:ALT:INVEST: Corn could add “pop” to your portfolio

August 2, 2013

Teucrium Trading's Sal Gilbertie says that, while agricultural commodity prices will always be volatile, he sees investor interest in corn outpacing that in wheat or soybeans.

from Breakingviews:

Shell faces reality: it’s not about the barrels

August 1, 2013

By Kevin Allison

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Lipper Columns:

CTRL:ALT:INVEST: Don’t give up on solar energy yet!

July 26, 2013

Bill Lese, managing partner at VC firm Braemar Energy says there's still growth potential in the solar sector, and also likes early-stage investments in shale, coal and hydrocarbons.

from The Great Debate:

The architecture of abundance: Building energy infrastructure

By Fred Upton
July 25, 2013

For the past 40 years, energy policymakers in Washington worried about a seemingly intractable menace: managing the risks of scarce fossil fuels.

from Edward Hadas:

Static in the electricity market

By Edward Hadas
July 24, 2013

Let me start with a confession. I do not fully understand what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Barclays did wrong in the U.S. electricity market, and I am not entirely sure about the claimed misdeeds of JPMorgan. But my inability may well have less to do with my inadequacies than with the fundamental futility of trying to use financial markets to set the price of electricity.

from Breakingviews:

Barclays’ $453 mln power-trade spat looks lose-lose

July 17, 2013

By George Hay

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Alison Frankel:

The next great benchmark manipulation case?

By Alison Frankel
July 16, 2013

Last spring, when U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of Manhattan decimated the consolidated private litigation over banks' manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, the only claims that remained upright in the rubble of her ruling were those brought under the Commodity Exchange Act, which makes tampering with the price of exchange-traded commodities or futures illegal. Buchwald's opinion cited a plethora of Manhattan federal court decisions that permitted victims of futures price manipulation to move forward with their suits, including three consolidated class actions involving rigged prices for oil futures. I suspect we're going to be hearing a lot more about those cases over the next several months. Even as the class action bar tries to persuade the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the Libor antitrust claims that Buchwald dismissed, plaintiffs lawyers are gearing up for the next big litigation: claims that BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and other unidentified conspirators violated commodity and antitrust laws by reporting false prices for North Sea Brent crude oil to the price-setting agency Platts.

from Breakingviews:

Third time lucky looks a stretch for Eike Batista

July 1, 2013

By Christopher Swann
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.