• Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace For $300 Million In Damages

    • Date: 23/08/17
    • The Wall Street Journal

    The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline launched an unusual legal attack Tuesday against Greenpeace International and other environmental groups, alleging that the organizations effectively ran a criminal enterprise through their protests of the project. Energy Transfer Partners is suing Greenpeace and other environmental groups under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Here, protesters march during a protest near […]

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  • Another One Bites The Dust: Battery Maker Alevo Files For Bankruptcy

    • Date: 22/08/17
    • PV Magazine

    Alevo, which has long promised its revolutionary lithium-ion battery technology would revolutionize utility-scale energy storage, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina on Friday and laid off its 290 employees. The company reported in its filing that it had between $10 million and $50 million in debts […]

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  • The Strange Rise Of Coal In The Middle East

    • Date: 20/08/17
    • John Everington, The National

    In a region rich with oil, gas and solar power, but very few coal resources, the surge in coal is surprising. Despite gas prices being low at the moment, coal is cheaper still. The proposed 2.4 gigawatt coal fired power station in Hassyan is close to Dubai’s border with Abu Dhabi and around 60 kilometres south-west […]

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  • U.S. Coal Makes a Comeback

    • Date: 17/08/17
    • The Wall Street Journal

    Coal is showing signs of a revival and breathing economic life into West Virginia and other coal states. It is becoming more competitive as a fuel source as the price of natural gas has risen 63% since March 2016 Not long ago liberals hailed the demise of coal as inevitable while the Obama Administration strangled the […]

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  • Shale Will Beat OPEC As U.S. Oil Thrives at $40, Citigroup Says

    • Date: 16/08/17
    • Bloomberg

    U.S. shale oil will prevail over OPEC as the two rivals compete in an oversupplied world market, Citigroup Inc.’s head of research said. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies may have boosted oil prices by cutting production, but they’re losing revenue in the process and their position “is not sustainable over a […]

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  • U.S. Oil Drillers Keep Pressure on OPEC With Record Shale Output

    • Date: 15/08/17
    • Bloomberg

    Oil output from major U.S. shale plays is poised to reach a fresh record next month, further complicating OPEC’s efforts to support prices. The gain is being led by the oil-rich Permian basin of Texas and New Mexico, where production has risen steadily over the past two years. The Energy Information Administration projects Permian output to […]

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  • Small nuclear revival?

    • Date: 14/08/17

    Government tries to breathe life into failing SMR programme The key nuclear power players have been called in by the Government for crunch talks on plans to meet Britain’s energy demands with new small reactor technology, amid mounting fears over delays and Whitehall paralysis. Industry giants including NuScale, Rolls-Royce, Hitachi and Westinghouse have been summoned […]

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  • Smart meter inflation

    • Date: 14/08/17

    Shortages of qualified engineers driving costs up further Wages are rising steeply for engineers who install smart meters as energy companies struggle to recruit enough staff, threatening to further inflate the costs of the £11 billion scheme. Salaries have risen by as much as a fifth within less than a year as suppliers prepare for […]

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