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Peter Tertzakian

Peter is an economist, investment strategist, author and public speaker on issues vital to the future of energy.

He has clocked over 30 years of experience in the business of energy, spanning all systems from oil and gas to renewables. Peter’s passion is studying how society evolves its energy use and applying the lessons of the past into today’s strategic business issues. His holistic knowledge of physics, innovation, finance and economics allows him to give audiences thought provoking advice on how to think about the pressing issues on the future of energy systems.

An accomplished author, Peter’s two best-selling books, A Thousand Barrels a Second (McGraw-Hill, NY 2005) and The End of Energy Obesity (John Wiley & Sons, NY 2009) provide insight into the dynamic world of energy transitions through a thoughtful and highly readable examination of economic, environmental and geopolitical pressures. He has written over 600 weekly columns, current issues of which are distributed through various media channels.

Peter has an undergraduate degree in Geophysics from the University of Alberta, a graduate degree in Econometrics from the University of Southampton UK, and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. In addition to his principal roles at the ARC Energy Research Institute and ARC Financial, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and has lectured at many leading universities and conferences around the world.

Latest articles from Peter

  • There’s No Sugarcoating Canada’s Oil Crisis

    Published 13 January 2019 | viewed 37,059 times

    Has financial disaster been averted in Canada’s oil and gas industry? ‘Disaster’ is all relative. Let’s just say 2019 is going to be a difficult…

  • What’s The Answer To Canada’s Crude Crisis?

    Published 29 November 2018 | viewed 3,998 times

    “The Government’s intent in the policy was to provide for the orderly development of the oil sands in such a manner as to supplement but…

  • The Myth Of An Imminent Energy Transition

    Published 17 May 2018 | viewed 27,401 times

    100 million. It’s a number that drowns comprehension; it’s more jelly beans than can fit in an average-sized swimming pool. Within a year, world oil…

  • What Big Oil Can Learn From Typewriters

    Published 28 March 2018 | viewed 11,566 times

    Typewriters became obsolete. Therefore, oil will follow a sunset script too. This logic may seem disjointed and even a little pithy, but there are parallels…

  • Expert Commentary: How Trump’s Trade War Affects Canadian Oil

    Published 11 March 2018 | viewed 8,897 times

    Last week, the first salvo of a global trade war was fired: US tariffs on steel and aluminum. Like the “shot heard round the world,”…

  • Are Canadian Oil Prices Set To Rebound?

    Published 31 January 2018 | viewed 19,086 times

    “How’s the Canadian oil and gas industry doing?” a friend recently asked me. People on the sidelines expect a positive answer, knowing that a barrel…

  • $60 Oil Will Not Last Long

    Published 11 January 2018 | viewed 61,726 times

    U.S. oil prices are treading water above $US 60/B (WTI) again, the first time since 2015. Crude oil has a northerly wind in its sails,…

  • The Top 8 Unknowns In 2018's Energy Markets

    Published 21 December 2017 | viewed 8,366 times

    It’s that time of year when we flip our calendars to a new start. For pundits like me, it’s customary to make a listicle about…

  • The Electric Truck Revolution Is About To Accelerate

    Published 04 December 2017 | viewed 32,515 times

    Not long ago, the idea of 18-wheelers pulling cargo with a battery seemed somewhat ludicrous to me. But I’ve changed my mind. In fact, I…

  • Oil Prices Could Double If Middle East Conflict Escalates

    Published 16 November 2017 | viewed 73,535 times

    Barrel traders recently pushed the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil above $US 55; the first time in over two years. Scarcity doesn’t really…

  • “End Of Oil” Narratives Are Misleading

    Published 10 November 2017 | viewed 25,791 times

    The world isn’t reinventing the wheel. But we are changing how it turns, who it carries and where it’s going. Over the next few decades…

  • Why Petrol Powered Cars Aren’t Going Anywhere

    Published 19 October 2017 | viewed 14,071 times

    Internal combustion engines keep accumulating at a rate of tens of millions per year. When is the earliest date that we could expect to see…

  • Are Combustion Engines Reaching Peak Demand?

    Published 18 October 2017 | viewed 12,264 times

    Imagine if we woke up tomorrow and read the headline, “GLOBAL PACT: ALL COUNTRIES AGREE TO BAN THE SALE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES.” And then…

  • Electric Vehicles And The 5 Trillion Dollar Market Transition

    Published 27 September 2017 | viewed 15,462 times

    Change in the world of wheels is accelerating! Momentum is building and some days it’s hard to keep up. Every week, the assumptions about the…

  • The Boring Truth About Oil Prices

    Published 13 September 2017 | viewed 23,058 times

    The outlook for 2018 oil prices is dull. A majority of pundits have now corralled their one-year forecasts into a narrow, “lower-for-longer” price band, with…

  • An Energy Independent North America Needs NAFTA

    Published 31 August 2017 | viewed 9,445 times

    NAFTA talks continue. Goods like milk, lumber and auto parts are all under the negotiators’ microscopes. Oil is clearly visible too. Last year, the bilateral…

  • Electric Car Industry Faces A Looming Supply Shortage

    Published 25 July 2017 | viewed 35,358 times

    “Lithium is the new oil,” goes the saying in electric vehicle (EV) circles. If you haven’t heard the catchy maxim, it means that new-age batteries…

  • Will The EV Hype Actually Help The Oil Business?

    Published 13 July 2017 | viewed 11,534 times

    Last week’s announcement by Volvo that every car, “it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor,” jolted oil investors. Then France amped up the…

  • Oil Dependency Climbs As Supply Rises And Prices Fall

    Published 21 June 2017 | viewed 14,587 times

    (Click to enlarge) Headlines around electric cars and carbon policy suggest our oil dependency is on a slippery downward slope. Recent data from 2016 suggests…

  • Shale Efficiency Has Peaked… For Now

    Published 14 June 2017 | viewed 24,528 times

    Learning takes time and effort. But a good education pays off. North America’s oil industry has been in school for the past three years, studying…

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