• Here Comes The Shale Oil Revolution

    • Date: 04/10/10

    Kevin Shaw, an energy lawyer with Mayer Brown, the law firm, says the standard joke in the oil and gas industry is you know a boom is near the top when people start talking about oil shale in Colorado. That is because what is known by purists as “oil shale” is different from the “shale […]

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  • Green Energy Levy Will Kill Ireland’s Recovery

    • Date: 02/10/10

    SEVERAL MILLION domestic and business users of electricity will be paying almost 5 per cent more on their bills from today due to the imposition of a levy designed to fund wind power and subsidise inefficient peat-fuelled generating stations. The 4.9 per cent increase, due entirely to the public service obligation (PSO) levy, is going […]

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  • Gas Revolution Signals End Of Decarbonisation Hype

    • Date: 01/10/10

    Turkmenistan’s president said yesterday (30 September) that his country had the capacity to almost quadruple its gas exports in the next 20 years and was ready to meet demand from Europe, AFP reported. The discovery of a major gas field was announced three days ago. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said his country’s giant South Yoloten-Osman […]

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  • Rebound Effect: Why Energy Efficiency Won’t Reduce Energy Consumption

    • Date: 01/10/10

    The amount of energy that the average American requires at home has changed little since the early 1970s — despite advances in technology that have made many home appliances far more energy efficient. Dishwashers use 45 percent less energy than they did two decades ago, according to industry data. Refrigerators use 51 percent less. But […]

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  • Investors Shun Green Energy

    • Date: 30/09/10

    A recent editorial from the Investors Chronicle posed this question about investment in green energy: Thursday 2 September 2010 – Jonathan Eley, Editor, writes: What are investors to make of green energy and other sustainable technologies? Instinctively, it should be a “big thing”. Carbon-based fuels are inevitably going to get more expensive, andgovernments around the […]

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  • Green Trade War Heating Up

    • Date: 29/09/10

    China is shutting out U.S. companies that sell alternative energy products, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand said Tuesday, and she asked to meet with China’s top diplomat here to discuss the issue. Mrs. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has touted “green” energy production in New York since arriving in Congress, said China violates world trade rules by subsidizing […]

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  • The New Oil Boom (And Too Much Gas)

    • Date: 28/09/10

    A band of entrepreneurial oilmen have found an economic way to extract oil from shale rock, fuelling a frenzy for prospects that has pushed up lease prices and lifted hopes of the first rise in onshore US oil production in decades. Mineral leases in shale oil territory that would have sold for $10 an acre […]

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  • Cooling The Arctic Hype

    • Date: 27/09/10

    The Arctic bilateral border agreement signed by Norway and Russia earlier this month rekindled media hype over the so-called race for the region’s energy treasures, which could amount to as much as 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas and 13 percent of its undiscovered oil. But the frenzy is so unwarranted, at least in […]

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