• More North Sea Oil Than Thought?

    • Date: 28/08/10

    A major discovery of oil has been made in the North Sea, adding to optimism about the longevity of the UK’s seasoned oilfields. German firm Wintershall yesterday said the discovery, estimated at 60 to 100 million barrels, was made at its Blakeney well 150 miles east of Aberdeen. The discovery is sizeable in terms of […]

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  • Green Flop: Energy-Saving LEDs Will Not Save Energy, New Study

    • Date: 26/08/10

    Federal boffins in the States say that the brave new future in which today’s ‘leccy-guzzling lights are replaced by efficient LEDs may not, in fact, usher in massive energy savings. This is because, according to the scientists’ research, people are likely to use much more lighting as soon as this becomes practical. The greater scope […]

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  • U.S. Mounts Global Push For Shale Gas

    • Date: 25/08/10

    The United States has offered to help major economies such as China and India develop shale gas, a rapidly growing sector in North America which US officials bill as a clean alternative. Twenty nations held two days of talks in Washington in first-of-a-kind shale gas talks initiated by the United States, where some forecast that […]

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  • A New Gas Bubble Inflates Over Central and Eastern Europe

    • Date: 23/08/10

    The economies and citizens of emerging Europe can rest easy. As autumn approaches, another winter gas war between Russia and Ukraine is not looming over the region. For the first time in years, the outlook for energy supplies looks stable. And new drilling in countries such as Poland could even end the domination of Russia […]

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  • Has The Spark Gone Out Of Electric Cars?

    • Date: 22/08/10

    With petrol prices sky-high and the Government offering inducements to go green, electric cars are being championed as the future of motoring. But as David Rose reveals, their real cost could give us a nasty shock… The 2050 UK emissions target will, if adhered to, begin to change this, he adds. ‘To hit the 80-per-cent […]

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  • Renewables Investors Fear Withdrawal Of Subsidies

    • Date: 19/08/10

    European Governments Are Finding Themselves Forced to Scale Back Amid Budgetary Pressures and High Power Prices […] Spain saw a boom in photovoltaic installation in 2007 and 2008, before a regulatory change in September 2008 lowered subsidies for future installations. Capacity installed prior to this change receives a highly subsidized feed-in tariff of as much […]

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  • Ireland: Elderly In Fear Of Winter Fuel Poverty

    • Date: 19/08/10

    Many elderly Clare people face a cold winter ahead as the introduction of a carbon tax could plunge pensioners into fuel poverty. That’s the view of north Clare councillor Martin Conway (FG), who believes that there is a growing fear among the county’s elderly population of a cold winter to come. “The introduction of a […]

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  • Energy Idiocy

    • Date: 18/08/10

    People who make an effort to be eco-friendly – for instance by recycling glass bottles, turning off lights and unplugging cellphone chargers – have no idea what they’re on about, according to a new survey. Those who don’t bother are more likely to know what actually saves energy and what doesn’t. This revelation comes in […]

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