• India Powers Past Poverty, with Coal

    • Date: 18/09/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    British and Indian ministers met last week at the “UK-India Energy for Growth Dialogue”. If fossil fuels were discussed at the event, and they must have been for they are of overwhelming significance to India, one would never guess it from the UK government’s official statement. Lack of candour in the face of such realities […]

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  • Shale Gas – Not Renewables – Has Been The Biggest Disruptor In Energy Markets

    • Date: 13/09/18
    • Peter Tertzakian, Financial Post

    The biggest and fastest energy transition in North America hasn’t been the addition of renewables, nor the pushing out of coal. It’s been the substitution of conventional natural gas with shale gas. And now ladies and gentlemen, for natural gas’s final trick… look, no storage! The transition of North American natural gas from a high-cost, […]

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  • Is The European ETS Falling At The First Hurdle?

    • Date: 12/09/18
    • ICIS View

    Natural gas for the coming winter is certainly neither abundant nor cheap. And filling that gap in the power mix is coal. The recent bull-run on EU emission allowances will soon no doubt draw the attention of policy-makers and the general media, which in turn could filter through to the Europe’s wider population. There is, […]

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  • The United States Is Now The Largest Global Crude Oil Producer

    • Date: 12/09/18
    • U.S. Energy Information Administration

    The United States likely surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest crude oil producer earlier this year, based on preliminary estimates in EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). In February, U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades. In June and August, the United States […]

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  • Rocketing Power Prices Spell The End For Subsidised Wind & Solar

    • Date: 02/09/18
    • Stop These Things

    The appointment of Angus Taylor as Australia’s new Energy Minister has guaranteed that the end to subsidised wind and solar will be brutal and swift. Malcolm Turnbull’s downfall resulted from stratospheric power prices, sent into orbit by unreliable and intermittent wind and solar. His fate was sealed when he started spinning the line that his […]

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  • Beginning Of The End For Subsidised Renewables

    • Date: 01/09/18
    • Judith Sloan, The Australian

    Without subsidies and the ongoing presence of backup power based on fossil-fuel generation, the outlook for more renewable energy in Australia is extremely uncertain. Indeed, without the intervention of governments, the salad days for renewable energy will quickly fade. One of the most astute investors in the world is Warren Buffett. Since 2004 his company, […]

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  • Phasing Out #Coal In Europe: Easier Said Than Done

    • Date: 31/08/18
    • Henry St George, EU Reporter

    Without convincing alternatives, coal is here to stay By this December, Germany’s last two hard coal mines – Prosper-Haniel and Ibbenbüren – will shut down for good. On the surface, this seems like an encouraging sign for Germany’s much-touted transition to a lower-carbon economy (the Energiewende) especially when combined with the news that German renewable energy outweighed coal for the first time this […]

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  • Japan’s Nuclear Revival Threatens Renewable Energy Subsidies

    • Date: 30/08/18
    • Reuters

    TOKYO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Kyushu Electric Power Co may start restricting third-party supplies of solar energy after it restarts a fourth nuclear reactor, the company said on Wednesday, underscoring the risks to a government push to boost renewable energy.   Japan’s fifth-biggest utility by sales plans to restart the No. 2 reactor at its […]

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