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Andrew Baker

Andrew joined NGI in 2018 to support coverage of Mexico’s newly liberalized oil and gas sector, and his role has since expanded to include the rest of North America. Before joining NGI, Andrew covered Latin America’s hydrocarbon and electric power industries from 2014 to 2018 for Business News Americas in Santiago, Chile. He speaks fluent Spanish, and holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of Minnesota.

Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Competition Principles in Power Sector Dispute

Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Competition Principles in Power Sector Dispute

The suspension in late June by Mexico’s Supreme Court of new power sector rules imposed by the energy ministry marked a rare victory for proponents of competition in the country’s energy industry, analysts said. The controversial rulemaking, dubbed the Policy of Reliability, Safety, Continuity and Quality in the National Electric System, halted preoperative tests for…

July 2, 2020
Prominent Role for Natural Gas, Oil Exploration Even in Carbon-Constrained World, Says Wood Mackenzie

Prominent Role for Natural Gas, Oil Exploration Even in Carbon-Constrained World, Says Wood Mackenzie

Oil and natural gas exploration will play an essential role in meeting global energy demand through at least 2040, even if human-induced global warming is kept under 2 C, according to a recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie. “Only about half the supply needed to 2040 is guaranteed from fields already onstream,” said Wood Mackenzie’s Andrew…

July 2, 2020
Oil, Natural Gas Exploration Said Vital to Meeting Energy Demand to 2040, Even if Global Warming Kept Under 2 C

Oil, Natural Gas Exploration Said Vital to Meeting Energy Demand to 2040, Even if Global Warming Kept Under 2 C

Oil and natural gas exploration will play an essential role in meeting global energy demand through at least 2040, even if human-induced global warming is kept under 2 C, according to a new analysis by Wood Mackenzie. “Only about half the supply needed to 2040 is guaranteed from fields already onstream,” said Wood Mackenzie’s Andrew…

July 1, 2020
Mexico Energy Regulator Reportedly Lays Off 40% of Workforce Amid Pandemic, Sector Upheaval

Mexico Energy Regulator Reportedly Lays Off 40% of Workforce Amid Pandemic, Sector Upheaval

Mexico’s Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) on Tuesday informed employees of mass layoffs effective immediately, with the natural gas regulation segment hit especially hard, a former employee confirmed to NGI’s Mexico GPI. The former employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said an estimated 200 staffers, or about 40% of CRE’s workforce, were told to return…

June 30, 2020
Colorado Governor Appoints Five-Member Oil, Natural Gas Commission as Part of Legislative Overhaul

Colorado Governor Appoints Five-Member Oil, Natural Gas Commission as Part of Legislative Overhaul

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has appointed the members of a new, professional, five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to replace the former nine-member volunteer group. The creation and subsequent transformation of the COGCC was mandated by state Senate Bill (SB) 181, which Polis signed into law last year. The legislation overhauled regulations governing…

June 26, 2020
EIA Cites Dramatic Improvements in U.S. Onshore Drilling Efficiency Amid Record 2019 Oil, Natural Gas Output

EIA Cites Dramatic Improvements in U.S. Onshore Drilling Efficiency Amid Record 2019 Oil, Natural Gas Output

Surging U.S. crude oil and natural gas production over the last decade or so has been accompanied by dramatic improvements in onshore drilling efficiency, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Thursday. Oil and gas output each hit all-time highs in 2019, even as the average monthly rig count and number of wells drilled per month…

June 25, 2020
U.S. Pipeline Natural Gas Exports to Mexico Rebounding in June as Price, Pandemic Outlooks Remain Uncertain

U.S. Pipeline Natural Gas Exports to Mexico Rebounding in June as Price, Pandemic Outlooks Remain Uncertain

Pipeline natural gas exports to Mexico from the United States averaged an estimated 5.4 Bcf/d during the first half of June, up from about 4.7 Bcf/d for the whole month of May, according to an analysis by Genscape Inc. The June estimate “includes the 6 Bcf/d seen on June 10, the third-highest volume ever registered…

June 24, 2020
Amazon Launching $2B Climate Investment Fund, Expects to Reach 100% Renewable Goal Five Years Early

Amazon Launching $2B Climate Investment Fund, Expects to Reach 100% Renewable Goal Five Years Early

Amazon.com, Inc. said Tuesday it expects to reach its previously announced goal of running on 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of schedule. It also is launching a $2 billion fund to invest in products, services and technologies that decarbonize the economy. The e-commerce and technology giant had previously committed to reach 80%…

June 23, 2020
Mexico Competition Watchdog Seeks Supreme Court Intervention Against New Power Sector Rules

Mexico Competition Watchdog Seeks Supreme Court Intervention Against New Power Sector Rules

 Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE), the federal economic competition commission, has asked the country’s Supreme Court to intervene on constitutional grounds against new power sector rules imposed by energy ministry Sener. The rules, published through an order in the official gazette on May 15, seek to limit the entry of renewable energy projects…

June 22, 2020
Continental Bringing Back Some Curtailed Oil Production in July as Oil Prices Strengthen

Continental Bringing Back Some Curtailed Oil Production in July as Oil Prices Strengthen

After curtailing output by 70% in May in response to a pandemic-driven market downturn, Continental Resources Inc. said Thursday it would bring some production back in July, although about 50% of output is to remain offline.

June 19, 2020
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