• US Crude Oil Production: Facts and Implications

    • Date: 10/01/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    New data from the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals not only that rising domestic oil production in the US puts that economy in a good position to trade to advantage on the world’s energy markets, but also that it is shifting towards non-energy uses of hydrocarbons. The United States government’s Energy Information Administration […]

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  • Solar’s Bright Future Is Further Away Than It Seems

    • Date: 06/01/18
    • Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

    There is now a doctrine of what I call “solar triumphalism”: the price of panels has been falling exponentially, the technology makes good practical sense, and only a few further nudges are needed for solar to become a major energy source. Unfortunately, this view seems to be wrong. Solar energy could be a boon to […]

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  • Emergency Costs For German Energiewende Explode

    • Date: 06/01/18
    • Alex Reichmuth, Basler Zeitung

    Irregular and unpredictable wind and solar power is increasingly becoming a problem for Germany’s power grid. Utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year on emergency interventions to stabilize the national grid. That’s what the company announced earlier this week. The costs were thus about 50% higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and […]

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  • Policy Determinism and Reform of the International Energy Agency

    • Date: 01/01/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is rapidly becoming an uncritical part of the international climate policy engine. This helps no one in the longer run. To ensure continued relevance the Agency should return to its empirical, data-heavy roots, and remind politicians and civil servants that energy and climate policies are hypotheses about the world, and, […]

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  • Why China’s Freezing

    • Date: 01/01/18
    • Christopher Balding, Bloomberg

    A well-meaning anti-pollution push turned into a debacle. Alternatives needed. Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty China is suffering from a frigid winter, but it can’t blame Mother Nature alone. Late last week, following a widespread uproar, officials reversed a policy banning some provinces from using coal for heat — which had the inadvertent but predictable effect of leaving large swathes […]

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  • Major Blow To ‘Energiewende’ As Top German Economist Shows Plan Can Never Work

    • Date: 23/12/17
    • P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone

    Germany’s once highly promoted “Energiewende” (transition to green energies) and the country’s feed-in act have been given a grade of “F” by one of the country’s top economists, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Werner Sinn. Just days ago the renowned economics professor gave a presentation dubbed “How much volatile power can the power grid take?” before a […]

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  • Europe’s Great ‘Green’ Energy Swindle: Destroying Forests, Increasing CO2 Emissions

    • Date: 20/12/17
    • Fred Pearce, Yale Environment 360

    Most of Europe new “green” power has actually come from burning wood in converted coal power stations. The forests of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi — as well as those in Europe — are being destroyed to sustain a European fantasy about renewable energy. A loophole in carbon-accounting rules is spurring a boom in burning […]

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  • BP’s New Solar Venture

    • Date: 18/12/17
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    BP’s return to the solar sector, as a developer of solar power stations, rather than a manufacturer of panels, is further evidence that the renewable sector, even at its most potentially interesting, is less a technology business and more the securing of entitlements to land development rights, grid connection, market infeed and supported or guaranteed […]

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