• OPEC Fears Oil Price Rally May Boost U.S. Shale Output

    • Date: 12/01/18
    • Reuters

    Oil’s price rally this year to its highest since May 2015 may seem a source of glee for Opec, but some in the producer group fear the gains could prompt shale companies to crank open their spigots and flood the market. Benchmark Brent crude rose further above US$68 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by oil […]

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  • German Wind Energy Market Faces Implosion

    • Date: 06/01/18
    • Handelsblatt

    Last year alone, more than 2,000 employees in the German wind energy sector lost their jobs. Locations like Carbon Rotec in Lemwerder or Powerblades in Bremerhaven have been closed. The Hamburg wind turbine manufacturer Senvion had to sack 660 full-time employees. Nordex, the second largest wind power company based in Hamburg, intends to cut up to 500 […]

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  • LOL: California’s Largest Solar Power Plant To Extract Oil

    • Date: 04/01/18
    • The Engineer

    Solar technology is set to help with the extraction of crude oil following an agreement to build California’s largest solar energy plant. Belridge Solar GlassPoint Solar will supply Aera Energy, one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, with an integrated solar plant that will be the first of its kind to use solar steam […]

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  • Hail Shale: U.S. Oil Production Booms As New Year Begins

    • Date: 01/01/18
    • The Washington Post

    U.S. crude oil production is flirting with record highs heading into the new year, thanks to the technological nimbleness of shale oil drillers. The current abundance has erased memories of 1973 gas lines, which raised pump prices dramatically, traumatizing the United States and reordering its economy. In the decades since, presidents and politicians have made […]

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  • Coal To The Rescue As Record Cold Grips Much Of North America

    • Date: 30/12/17
    • Washington Examiner

    Coal-fired power plants are king again as sub-zero temperatures sent demand for heating and electricity soaring on the East Coast Friday in the largest energy market in the nation. Visual aid showing how to distinguish between climate and weather, using the standard US Government approved™ definitions. @SteveSGoddard Coal outpaced both natural gas and nuclear power plants […]

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  • Trump To Repeal Obama’s Anti-Fracking Rules For Government Land

    • Date: 29/12/17
    • The Wall Street Journal

    The Trump administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands, officials said Thursday. The rules developed under President Barack Obama would have applied mainly in the West, where most federal lands are located. Companies would have had to disclose the chemicals used in fracking, which pumps […]

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  • China’s Fuel Fiasco Leaves Citizens in The Cold

    • Date: 26/12/17
    • Radio Free Asia

    China’s government has cancelled a ban on coal-fired heating in northern cities after blaming local officials for “hasty” gas conversions that left residents without winter fuel. On Dec. 4, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) sent an “extra urgent” notice authorizing 28 northern cities to resume using coal for winter heating if their mandated projects […]

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  • The Surprising Location Of Next Year’s Shale Rush

    • Date: 23/12/17
    • OilPrice.com

    Higher oil prices in recent months have instilled renewed confidence in U.S. shale drillers and prompted them to look for drilling opportunities in basins beyond the permanent growth story these days, the Permian. Companies are increasing drilling and pipeline deal-making in the oil-rich rocks of Colorado, and are returning to the least explored of the […]

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