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Kevin Dobbs joined the staff of NGI in April 2020. Prior to that, he worked as a financial reporter and editor for S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering financial companies and markets. Earlier in his career, he served as an enterprise reporter for the Des Moines Register. He has a bachelor's degree in English from South Dakota State University.

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Associate Editor, Markets | Sioux Falls, SD

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Oil Demand Recovery Expected by late 2021, Production Could Follow, New Forecasts Show

Oil Demand Recovery Expected by late 2021, Production Could Follow, New Forecasts Show

The recovery in global oil demand will limp along early in 2021 but should quicken in the second half of the year, as coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts make headway and travel increases, both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, aka OPEC, said in new forecasts this month.  In…

February 16, 2021
Cash Prices Soar Amid Natural Gas Shortage, Energy Crisis

Cash Prices Soar Amid Natural Gas Shortage, Energy Crisis

The extraordinarily harsh blast of frigid temperatures blanketing much of the Lower 48 crippled power grids and sent natural gas spot prices soaring on Tuesday, extending a surge that began the previous week. Futures also jumped Tuesday amid widespread reports of rolling blackouts and production freeze-offs. According to Tuesday’s MidDay Price Alert, NGI’s Spot Gas…

February 16, 2021
Energy Transfer Creates Business to Expand in Renewables

Energy Transfer Creates Business to Expand in Renewables

Energy Transfer LP said it formed a new business to develop alternative energy products as part of an ongoing effort to reduce its environmental footprint. The new operation, called the Alternative Energy Group, will focus on renewable energy projects such as solar and wind farms, either as a power purchaser or in partnership with third-party…

February 13, 2021
Environmental Groups’ Legal Victory Protects Sage Grouse, Marks Another Blow to Drilling on Federal Lands

Environmental Groups’ Legal Victory Protects Sage Grouse, Marks Another Blow to Drilling on Federal Lands

Environmental groups that sued to throw out a federal plan allowing new exploration and mining on public lands heralded a recent win in court that they said was vital to protect greater sage grouse. A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration decision to jettison sage grouse protections from 10 million acres in the…

February 12, 2021
Oil, Natural Gas Majors Say Hydrogen May Lie at Heart of Energy Future

Oil, Natural Gas Majors Say Hydrogen May Lie at Heart of Energy Future

For major oil and gas companies that are increasingly touting their commitments to clean energy, hydrogen holds special appeal. When burned, hydrogen does not emanate the greenhouse gases (GHG) scientists say damage the environment and fuel global warming. It can be delivered by pipeline or shipped and, notably, it is relatively easy to store when…

February 12, 2021
Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Just days before ConocoPhillips’ Alaska division was slated to begin construction of the long-planned Willow project, a federal judge ordered a delay in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups that alleges former President Trump’s administration overlooked wildlife and climate change impacts. In a decision issued last week, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason temporarily…

February 11, 2021
As Weekly Petroleum Demand Climbs, Inventories Fall ‘Sharply’

As Weekly Petroleum Demand Climbs, Inventories Fall ‘Sharply’

Domestic petroleum demand jumped last week, eating into inventories of crude and refined products, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday. U.S. commercial crude oil inventories for the week ended Feb. 5 — excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — decreased by 6.6 million bbl from the previous week, according to EIA’s Weekly…

February 10, 2021
Oil Consumption to Rebound in 2021, but Pandemic Lurks as Wildcard, EIA Says

Oil Consumption to Rebound in 2021, but Pandemic Lurks as Wildcard, EIA Says

Oil consumption will rise in 2021 alongside a global economic recovery and increased travel, though demand this year is not likely to match the levels prior to the pandemic, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. In a supplement to its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report, the agency forecast global oil consumption would gather…

February 9, 2021
Judge Orders Delay of Construction at ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska

Judge Orders Delay of Construction at ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska

Just days before ConocoPhillips’ Alaska division was slated to begin construction of the long-planned Willow oil project, a federal judge ordered a delay in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups that alleges former President Trump’s administration overlooked wildlife and climate change impacts. In a decision issued on Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason…

February 8, 2021
Alaska LNG Project Lands Private Partner, Plans to Seek Federal Funding to Launch $5.9B First Phase

Alaska LNG Project Lands Private Partner, Plans to Seek Federal Funding to Launch $5.9B First Phase

Alaska is pursuing federal funding and partnering with a private firm to jumpstart a long-simmering pipeline project to export North Slope natural gas. Tim Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), told NGI that Alaska aims to begin the first phase of the state’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline and export plant…

February 8, 2021