• OPEC’s Final Showdown With Shale

    • Date: 25/02/18
    • The Daily Telegraph

    OPEC is heading for a final showdown with shale. Its grand alliance with Russia to cut output has revived its own fortunes temporarily by boosting prices but it has also cranked up drilling across America. That’s good for the world’s largest economy and biggest consumer of crude but bad news for some of the major producers in […]

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  • The Price Of Green Madness: California’s Oil Collapse

    • Date: 22/02/18
    • Forbes

    The collapse of the oil industry in California, once our second-most-important producing state, is a very sad thing to see. The U.S. shale revolution has completely passed the state by. Although domestic crude oil production has reached heights not seen since the early-1970s, and will actually be setting new records this year, California’s oil output […]

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  • John Constable: Labour’s Energy Nationalisation Plans

    • Date: 18/02/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has set out his vision for nationalising the UK energy sector. Rather than returning to Attlee’s centrally controlled system he seems determined to steer energy provision, particularly the electricity industry, back towards a form of distributed generation and Municipal Trading that would in practice be an even […]

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  • OPEC’s Oil Price Nightmare Is Coming True

    • Date: 13/02/18
    • Julian Lee, Bloomberg

    The latest surge in U.S. oil output will probably hasten the country’s rise to the top of the producer pile. More important, it’s starting to look as though at least half of OPEC’s nightmare scenario for 2018 — a surge in shale output and slowdown in demand growth — is coming true. Last week’s avalanche of releases […]

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  • The UK’s Costly Electricity Could Prevent Further Emissions Reductions

    • Date: 07/02/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The UK government’s latest release of production emissions data shows that cuts in all sectors other than power generation have stagnated. However, the cost of further reductions in electricity generation emissions will inhibit the electrification needed to galvanize emissions reduction trends in those sectors, in transport for example, which is now the single largest source […]

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  • Lamprell, Carillion and Offshore Wind Costs

    • Date: 31/01/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    A recent market warning issued by Lamprell, a major construction firm involved in offshore wind, sheds important new light on claimed cost reductions in that sector.   Last week Lamprell Plc, the international construction company, warned the markets that it expected to make a loss of approximately $80m on its share of the construction of the ScottishPower […]

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  • UK Renewable Electricity: Dead, Alive or Living Dead?

    • Date: 23/01/18
    • Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor

    The full significance of the Treasury’s increasingly firm grip on spending to support renewables, culminating in the announcement of a moratorium on new subsidies for renewables is now becoming apparent. Applications for renewables in the UK planning system are falling away, and, in spite of a large slush pile of projects with planning consent, total […]

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  • 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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