IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

The �new� non-conventional hydrocarbons: the solution to the energy conundrum?

Listed author(s):
  • Virginia Di Nino


    (Bank of Italy)

  • Ivan Faiella


    (Bank of Italy)

Technological developments have made it possible to exploit hitherto unexplored hydrocarbon resources. To date the only energy market which has experienced rapid changes as a result is that in the United States, thanks not only to its abundant reserves but also to its exemption from the environmental laws that instead apply to the conventional extraction of hydrocarbons. These and other factors make it unlikely that the U.S. experience will be replicated on the same scale elsewhere, least of all in Europe. In general, the benefits of exploiting non-conventional energy sources must be offset against the high extractive, logistic and environmental costs. The direct effects of new non-conventional hydrocarbon resources would be negligible in Italy: there are no significant resources in the country and any increase in international supply would only affect the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market that currently accounts for just 13% of all gas imports in Italy.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) with number 205.

in new window

Date of creation: Oct 2013
Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_205_13
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Via Nazionale, 91 - 00184 Roma

Web page:

More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Kinnaman, Thomas C., 2011. "The economic impact of shale gas extraction: A review of existing studies," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(7), pages 1243-1249, May.
  2. Benes, Jaromir & Chauvet, Marcelle & Kamenik, Ondra & Kumhof, Michael & Laxton, Douglas & Mursula, Susanna & Selody, Jack, 2015. "The future of oil: Geology versus technology," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 207-221.
  3. Charles A.S. Hall, 2011. "Introduction to Special Issue on New Studies in EROI (Energy Return on Investment)," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(10), pages 1-5, October.
  4. Cutler J. Cleveland & Peter A. O’Connor, 2011. "Energy Return on Investment (EROI) of Oil Shale," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(11), pages 1-16, November.
  5. C. Dominguez-Pery, 2011. "Introduction," Post-Print halshs-00740570, HAL.
  6. Lucija Muehlenbachs & Elisheba Spiller & Christopher Timmins, 2012. "Shale Gas Development and Property Values: Differences across Drinking Water Sources," NBER Working Papers 18390, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_205_13. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.