• Harsh Winter: How Coal, Lignite And Gas Saved Germany From Disaster

    • Date: 11/02/17
    • Jürgen Flauger, Handelsblatt

    Conventional power plants played a crucial role in meeting Germany’s energy requirements during dark and chilly January. Now suppliers are demanding market reforms. At German utility company RWE’s site in Lingen in the norther state of Lower Saxony the staff had reason to celebrate on January 17. That day, they fed more energy into the […]

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  • Coldest Winter In Decade Causes Energy Shortages Across Southeast Europe

    • Date: 09/02/17
    • Bloomberg

    As freezing weather triggered energy shortages across southeast Europe at the start of the year, Bulgaria’s refusal to export power was typical in a region where everyone had to fend for themselves. Nations from Greece to Hungary hoarded power last month in response to the coldest winter in a decade, exposing the weakness of the region’s power […]

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  • U.S. Oil Output Heads To 48-Year High As Shale Boom Resumes

    • Date: 08/02/17
    • Bloomberg

    The U.S. will pump the most crude next year since 1970 as domestic producers benefit from OPEC supply cuts. Domestic output will average 9.53 million barrels a day in 2018, the Energy Information Administration said in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday. Shale explorers are benefiting from prices that rose above $50 a barrel […]

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  • European Solar Demand Fell 20% In 2016 As Subsidy Cuts Bite

    • Date: 07/02/17

    European solar body SolarPower Europe has reported today that new solar power installation on the continent fell 20% year-on-year in 2016, dropping from 8.6 GW of grid-connected PV in 2015 to around 6.9 GW last year. In contrast, the rest of the world saw demand grow by 50%, with 76.1 GW of solar added last […]

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  • Energy At A Crossroads: Fossil Fuels Renewed

    • Date: 06/02/17
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian

    Everything, it seems, is now up for grabs in this year’s review of climate and energy policy. As air pollution rules were tightened across the US under Barack Obama, “rolling coal” became a popular pastime for many of the disaffected. Enthusiasts modified their diesel engines to emit as much black smoke as possible on demand, […]

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  • Green Success: New Nuclear Is Struggling

    • Date: 05/02/17
    • The American Interest

    The fact that this next generation of nuclear power is faltering because of a skeptical public—a public that has been swayed by decades of green fear mongering—is sadly ironic. Next-generation nuclear technologies represent one of humanity’s best hopes for developing sustainably over the coming decades, but thus far they’re having a difficult time getting out […]

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  • In The Doldrums: German Coal And Gas Plant Output At 5-Year High

    • Date: 04/02/17
    • Platts

    German coal and gas-fired power plant output in January rose to its highest in almost five years as cold weather boosted demand while below average wind and record-low winter nuclear availability reduced supply, according to power generation data compiled by think-tank Fraunhofer ISE. The increased need to ramp up even less efficient thermal power plants […]

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  • U.S. May Export More Oil in 2017 Than Four OPEC Nations Produce

    • Date: 03/02/17
    • Sheela Tobben, Bloomberg

    U.S. crude exports are poised to surpass production in four OPEC nations in 2017 and may grow even more if President Donald Trump honors pledges to ease drilling restrictions and maximize output. The world’s largest oil-consuming country could sell as much as 800,000 barrels a day of crude overseas this year, according to four analysts […]

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