Ellen Scholl

  • EnergySource Explains: Amid Government Turmoil, Germany Dives Into Effort to Phase Out Coal

    This piece is the first in a series examining the opportunities and challenges facing the recently launched “Coal Exit Commission” in Germany. It will shed some light on the context surrounding the establishment of the Commission and explain the important role coal still plays in Germany.

    Amid political turmoil over migration, last month Germany launched its so-called coal exit commission, designated to determine an end date for coal use in Germany. The Commission, whose membership was formally announced in late June amid a political spat between Chancellor Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer over control of Germany’s borders, will hold its first plenary meeting this Friday.

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  • As OPEC Manages the Market, Shale Producers Struggle With Local Constraints

    Much has been made of the recent OPEC decision to lift production limits and its impact on US shale producers, with some commentators arguing that OPEC reclaiming its role as a market manager has put US shale in its place. However, others have noted that shale producers in the Permian are potentially sighing in relief that OPEC will manage the price rally, as they struggle to bring product to market.

    As Pioneer Chairman Scott Sheffield put it, shale companies share an interest in a more balanced market and “preventing overheated prices.” Unlike OPEC (at least Saudi Arabia), many shale producers are facing limits to their ability to ramp up production. Permian producers are finding themselves constrained, not necessarily by the vagaries of geopolitics and the maneuvering of OPEC, but by takeaway capacity and infrastructure constraints close to home.

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  • Understanding OPEC’s Agreement to Raise Production: A Conversation with Helima Croft

    Global Energy Center Deputy Director Ellen Scholl sat down with Atlantic Council Board Director Dr. Helima Croft, managing director and global head of commodity strategy, global research at RBC Capital Markets, for her take on the OPEC meeting and the decision to move away from production cuts and toward increasing production to balance the market (you can read more from RBC on the meetinghere). The following is an excerpt of thier interview.


    Q: What are the major takeaways from the OPEC meeting that took place over the weekend in Vienna?

    Croft: The biggest takeaway is that OPEC managed to hold it together.

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  • The Future of Solar: A Technology and Innovation Story from Texas

    Solar power has been gaining ground in the global energy mix, and its importance will likely only continue to grow. However, the contribution that solar ultimately makes in the power sector, and whether it will make inroads in other energy intensive sectors, will be shaped by a range of factors, including technology development and innovation and a the enabling policy framework.

    In a recent visit to their office in a Dallas, Texas technology park, the Global Energy Center’s Ellen Scholl discussed the future of solar with Arun Gupta, CEO and founder of Skyven Technologies, a solar technology startup focused on using new technology to improve the efficiency of solar panels.

    The following is an excerpt of their interview.

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  • Scholl Quoted in Washington Examiner on Russia and Saudi Arabia's Oil Deal


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  • A Tale of Two Transitions

    Germany may have gained a grand coalition this week, but it lost one of the champions of its clean energy transition—the Energiewende—with the resignation of former State Secretary for Energy Rainer Baake.

    The Grand Coalition between Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party  (SPD) was approved by the SPD voters by a margin of 64 to 34 percent on March 4. While this enabled the formation of a new government, after six months of waiting for a governing coalition to be formed, it also spelled the end of Baake’s four-year tenure because he is a member of the Green Party, not included in the coalition. The now-former state secretary—often referred to as Mr....

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  • Groko or Noko: What Germany’s Grand Coalition Means for Energy and Climate

    Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have a big decision to make.

    SPD party members have until March 2 to vote on whether their party should participate in a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The vote puts SPD party members in a difficult position—endorse a coalition many of them oppose in the interest of stability or withhold support and face potential uncertainty—and this has caused disarray in the party, on the heels of its worst election results in the post-war period.

    The choice will likely be the deciding factor in an almost six-month journey to form a new government following elections in September. The deal to form another...

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  • Intelligence Community Continues to See Threat from Climate Change

    The 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment, released on February 13, includes climate change among the identified threats to global stability. While many have pointed to the gap between this assessment and the rhetoric of US President Donald J. Trump—and the noticeable absence of climate change from his administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy—the worldwide threat assessment underscores a continuity in the identification of climate change as a security challenge across broad swaths of the US government. However, the mention of climate change as a threat is less criticism directed at the White House than reiteration of a consistent theme found in past Worldwide Threat Assessments.   
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  • Scholl Quoted in Chron on Oil Production in Iraq


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  • Iraq's Energy Potential: Opportunities and Challenges

    On February 13, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East held a panel discussion on Iraq’s energy potential. Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar, chairman and founding director of the Council’s Global Energy Center, gave opening remarks. Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, the director of the Hariri Center, moderated the event. Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb, Dr. Harith Hasan, and Ms. Ellen Scholl contributed to the discussion as panelists. Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb is the founding director of the Iraq Energy Institute and a fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Dr. Harith Hasan is nonresident senior fellow at the Council’s...
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