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Surging Crude Oil Output

The Organization of Exporting Countries (OPEC) increased crude oil production in July, despite decreasing output from Venezuela, Iran, Libya, and Saudi Arabia.  As a whole, OPEC production averaged 32.32 million barrels per day (mmbd) in July, which was 41,000 barrels per day more than June.  Kuwait, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are leading the charge in increased output.  The additional output is a result of OPEC and supporting countries agreeing to increase crude production by 1 mmbd to reach their original quota agreed upon by the cartel in the beginning of 2017.  OPEC also forecasts crude production outside the cartel will increase the rest of this year.  This is largely driven by surging US crude production that recently hit 11 mmbd and is expected to continue this upward trend. Additionally,  American oil companies are burning cash to keep up with the oil boom and sustain the increasing oil production.  Continuous investment in US oil fields are pushing crude production up to compete directly with OPEC for energy dominance.

Record Clean Energy Volumes Purchased in 2018

As organizations work to be greener and less carbon intensive, the total amount of clean energy acquired has increased.  According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, corporations have purchased 7.2 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy globally thus far in 2018.  This exceeds the 2017 annual numbers of 5.4GW.  Corporate sustainability plans are the driving force to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions.  With the sustainability initiatives, companies are also seeing cost benefits to support the decision to move away from dirtier and more carbon intensive energy.  Photovoltaic (PV) or solar panel costs are down 84 percent since 2010 and wind turbine costs are down 32 percent in the same timeframe.  With technology improvements and reduced costs, companies are locking in fixed, long-term contracts to continue the growth of clean energy.  Most of the growth is coming from US and Nordic companies, accounting for 80 percent of corporate procurement of wind and solar investments.  As more companies move in this space for power generation, it is likely that companies will continue to move in this space for their transportation supply chains.  Currently the transportation energy market is dominated by diesel, taking up roughly 92 percent of US on-road fuel.  However, this is down from 98 percent 10 years ago as more supply chains are moving to cleaner energy including renewable natural gas, biodiesel, and renewable diesel.  This also opens the door for emerging markets like electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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