GE commits $10B to clean tech R&D with focus on natural gas

February 25, 2014 18:48 by Bill Conway in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Another significant development in securing our energy future.  If successful, it can also help solve the challenge of using water in the fracking process.    The entire article can he read HERE. 

"Shale Boom is Only in the First Inning."

February 25, 2014 18:35 by Bill Conway in Energy, Natural Gas, Utilities  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Ryan Lance, CEO of Conoco-Phillips was recently quoted saying, the "shale boom is only in the first inning".  This level of optimism is expected from the CEO of a large energy company.  However, for those of us active in the energy space, the recent developments in the shale gas arena are ... [More]

Microgrids Can Be A Complement To A Utility

December 19, 2013 12:16 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Utilities  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Microgrids are not new and can be a nice complement to utilities.  All too often, microgrids have been considered to be a threat to the utility world.  However, microgrds can save money for both customers and utilities.     Click HERE for more information.  

A Solar & Natural Gas Partnership?

December 5, 2013 14:05 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy, Regulation, Renewables, Utilities  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
A Solar & Natural Gas Partnership? [More]

The Rise of Private Public Partnerships

July 18, 2013 14:53 by Bill Conway in Capital Markets, Economy, Energy, M&A, Natural Gas, Private Equity, Regulation, Telecom, Utilities, Water  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Establishing Private Public Partnerships (P3) should have the attention of many municipal organizations across the country since, even in good economic conditions, infrastructure assets are not the highest and best use of a cities limited resources. [More]

How good is your crystal ball on interest rates?

June 27, 2013 10:22 by Bill Conway in Economy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The following is a post from Dallas Wells of Asset Management Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Country Club Bank.

I will admit, my own crystal ball was a little hazy on this one. We are in a very unique situation with interest rates, as the level of central bank intervention across the globe has seriously distorted markets. The short end of the yield curve is always Fed driven, but with the QE programs, the Fed has been attempting to also control the long end of the curve. I think what the last few weeks have shown us is that while the short end of the curve may remain anchored near 0%, the long end could turn quite volatile on us. The mere whiff of change in Fed strategy wreaked havoc in the bond markets, and has moved the 10-year 100 basis points.

So, raise your hand if you saw this coming?
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Negotiating Loan Terms

April 19, 2013 09:47 by Bill Conway in Financing  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Most of our recent posts have been about loan pricing and structure, which should come as no surprise to most of you. This is THE topic for banks right now, from rural community banks to the Wall Street megabanks. This means it is also the primary topic in our strategy discussions with clients. Our Flex Loan program is certainly helping clients book longer loans without the interest rate risk, but many are still facing hurdles on prepayment language and prices that translate to spreads under 200 basis points. I had this on my mind when I saw this post from Seth Godin's blog called "Avoiding the Custom Bully." [More]

Kansas Is Top 10 In Wind

April 12, 2013 14:04 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewables  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The State of Kansas is one of the top ten states in the country for wind generation, with generating capacity of 2,713 MW according to the American WindEnergy Association.  Kansas is certainly open for business!    Click here for full article. 

BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

March 7, 2013 08:55 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The viability of CNG as a fuel for locomotives is yet another example of how the shale gas "BOOM" is changing the way we live.  As the article states, the conversion to CNG could be equivalent to the move from steam engines to diesel.  The need for CNG terminal stations and the supply infr... [More]

Natural Gas Generation to Continue Expanding

February 27, 2013 10:55 by Bill Conway in Capital Markets, Cooperatives, Energy, Engineering & Construction, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Black & Veatch has published a report titled "Coal: Begining the Long Goodbye", outlining their thoughts, supported with some good facts and details, on the future of natural gas and coal generation.  With many coal facilities being shuttered, utility executives should be planning for a fut... [More]

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