• Deepwater Horizon And The Shale Gas Revolution

    • Date: 22/10/10

    In many respects, changes in the U.S. energy sector are likely to come not from government intervention but from the inevitable innovation brought about by market forces. THE MACONDO oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last April has consequences far beyond BP’s balance sheet-or even the potential rate of growth of offshore oil […]

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  • Green Waste: Subsidies, Green Jobs Go Up In Smoke

    • Date: 21/10/10

    Energy company Nuon is to sell or close down its solar panel factory in Arnhem as part of a cost-cutting measure by parent group Vattenfall, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday, quoting confidential documents. Chinese company Hanenergy is interested in solar panel firm Helianthos but if the sale falls through, the plant will be closed down, […]

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  • British Shale Gas Rush

    • Date: 20/10/10

    It is better known for being the departure point for ferries across the Mersey. Now the Wirral Peninsula may be on the verge of winning a new designation as one of the first places in Britain to become a significant producer of shale gas. IGas Energy, an AIM-listed company that is seeking to develop the […]

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  • Spain’s Solar Deals Face Bankruptcy As Subsidies Founder

    • Date: 19/10/10

    By failing to control the cost [of green subsidies], Zapatero saddled Spain with at least 126 billion euros of obligations to renewable-energy investors. Now Vilimelis and more than 50,000 other Spanish solar entrepreneurs face financial disaster as the policy makers contemplate cutting the price guarantees that attracted their investment in the first place. German Vilimelis heard […]

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  • Green Subsidies: Price Shock For German Electricity Customers

    • Date: 18/10/10

    Next year, German households are in for a big price shock: the renewable energies levy, which every household in Germany has to pay as part of their electricity bills, will increase by over 70 per cent to 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour. This was announced by the German network operator on Friday. For an average […]

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  • Chris Huhne To Announce Eight Sites For New Generation Nuclear Plants

    • Date: 17/10/10

    A new generation of nuclear power stations will go ahead on eight sites in Britain, Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, is expected to announce this week. The decision will dismay many in his party who oppose further nuclear reactors and is certain not to be supported in parliament by a substantial number of […]

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  • Peter Glover: Taking The Wind Out Of Wind Power

    • Date: 13/10/10

    If you’re hankering to see Britain’s green and pleasant land and rugged coastline, don’t wait  too long.  In an increasingly desperate bid to meet its EU climate and renewable-energy targets, the British government is planning to build 10,000 onshore and offshore wind turbines – many 400 feet high – over the next 10 years. The […]

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  • ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ Usurped By Shale Gas

    • Date: 12/10/10

    In 2008 a nuclear renaissance in Europe and North America was heralded for a variety of reasons: A combination of high oil and gas prices meant nuclear was cost competitive The need to expand electricity generating capacity as Communist-era power plants in Eastern Europe and heavy polluting plants in Western Europe were due to shut […]

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