• China Well Behind Its Wind Power Target

    • Date: 28/06/16
    • Diarmaid Williams, Power Engineering

    The Global Wind Energy Council has unveiled data showing China is failing to reach the target set for itself in development of offshore wind power capacity. The country installed just 1 GW of offshore wind capacity last year, against a target of 5 GW. However officials say they would prefer to master the technology first, […]

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  • Anti-Fracking Movement Reeling As ‘Scare Tactics’ Fail To Resonate

    • Date: 23/06/16
    • Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times

    Even before a federal court ruling threw out the Obama administration’s hydraulic fracturing rule this week, foes of fracking were struggling to dig their way out of a hole after a string of policy and regulatory reversals. U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department exceeded its authority with its […]

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  • Judge Strikes Down Obama Rule on Fracking on Public Lands

    • Date: 22/06/16
    • Amy Harder, The Wall Street Journal

    A federal judge in Wyoming made permanent a temporary block of an Interior Department rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a blow to President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda in the sunset of his administration. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl issued a ruling late Tuesday invalidating the regulation, saying the Interior Department […]

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  • The New Swing Producer: Shale Bounces Back

    • Date: 19/06/16
    • The Economist

    Fracking has brought a new dynamic to global oil markets: the ability to flex output up and down more quickly than conventional oil drilling, rather like factories responding to changes in demand IN THE wilds of western Texas, a flicker of life has returned to the fracking, or hydraulic-fracturing, industry. In the past four weeks […]

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  • U.S. Shale Oil Rebound

    • Date: 18/06/16

    Fears that higher oil prices may prompt energy groups to ramp up the pace of drilling gained credence on Friday after data showed the number of US oil rigs rose for the third week in a row. The tally of US oil rigs climbed by 9 this week to 337, the highest since late April, […]

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  • Denmark Abandons Green-Energy Religion

    • Date: 18/06/16
    • The Wall Street Journal

    The economic costs of Europe’s green-energy religion keep mounting, and now its more devout disciples are starting to doubt the faith. Witness Denmark’s reconsideration of its plans to build new coastal wind farms that would add 350 megawatts of generating capacity. The Danes are the world champions of wind farms, getting some 42% of their […]

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  • New Study: Europe’s Ethanol Regulations May Increase CO2 Emissions

    • Date: 15/06/16
    • Andrew Follett, The Daily Caller

    Europe’s regulations intended to fight global warming with biofuels are likely making the problem worse, according to new research published Tuesday by Finland’s government research agency. The new research found that European Union biofuel regulations “ignore uncertainties related to greenhouse gas calculation” and can even have their environmental benefits “counted as double” under certain circumstances. Europe has been blending small percentages of […]

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  • Back To Black: Coal To Replace Gas As Japan’s Leading Power Source From 2019

    • Date: 13/06/16
    • Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg

    Coal is set to overtake gas within the next three years as the largest generator of power in Japan as power utilities replace aging nuclear capacity with the fossil fuel, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. Nuclear power, which accounted for about 29 percent of Japan’s total power output before the 2011 Fukushima disaster, will peak […]

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