• South Africa To Speed Up Shale Gas Exploration

    • Date: 22/05/18
    • Oil Review Africa

    The government of South Africa is planning to fast-pace the exploration of shale gas in the southern Main Karoo basin, to maximise production and to reshape the country’s energy economy. This was announced by Gwede Mantashe, minister of mineral resources in South Africa, during his budget speech in the parliament on 15 May 2018. In […]

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  • Rooftop Solar Poses Blackout Threat To Western Australia

    • Date: 21/05/18
    • Jo Nova

    Extraordinary powers designed for emergencies such major power plant failures or bushfires are being triggered to protect WA’s main grid from soaring output generated by rooftop solar panels. In Western Australia the uptake of solar panels has rocketed as electricity prices leaped — there’s a slow motion solar train-wreck underway. Solar PV panels are now […]

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  • Green Europe May Be On The Verge Of Blackouts

    • Date: 16/05/18
    • Bloomberg

    Europe is facing power generation capacity shortages and may even risk blackouts without additional use of natural gas, one of the continent’s biggest producers of the fuel said. “A severe shortage” in generation capacity is expected in the U.K., Germany, and Belgium, Tor Martin Anfinnsen, senior vice president for marketing and trading at Statoil ASA, […]

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  • Are Electric Cars Worse For The Environment?

    • Date: 15/05/18
    • Jonathan Lesser, Politico

    Crunch the numbers, and it looks like all those subsidies might be counterproductive. If you believe the headlines, traditional automobiles are speeding toward a dead end. All those V8s, V6s and turbocharged vehicles we’ve grown to love will soon be replaced by squadrons of clean, whisper-quiet, all-electric vehicles. And if you believe the headlines, the […]

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  • IEA: Air-Conditioning Will Increase Global Electricity Demand To Chinese Levels

    • Date: 15/05/18
    • The New York Times

    The number of air-conditioners worldwide is predicted to soar from 1.6 billion units today to 5.6 billion units by midcentury, according to a report issued Tuesday by the International Energy Agency. If left unchecked, by 2050 air-conditioners would use as much electricity as China does for all activities today. Air-conditioners on a building in Fuzhou, China. A new report predicts […]

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  • Shale Drillers Look Beyond Texas as Prices Rise

    • Date: 14/05/18

    As Permian Basin experiences bottlenecks, companies look to fields in Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming Shale drillers are ramping up production in the U.S. as oil prices rise, moving beyond the West Texas oil field that became the country’s drilling center. From Oklahoma to North Dakota, companies are increasing investment in oil fields that […]

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  • Hot Dispute Over Money Threatens Paris Climate Deal

    • Date: 11/05/18
    • Politico

    Poorer countries fear getting stuck with pricey tab. BONN, Germany — The lack of green is fouling up efforts to hit ambitious targets to reduce pollution — green, as in money. The traditional fight between rich and poor countries over the best approach to climate change has hit a fresh diplomatic impasse. As the clock […]

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  • US Shale Producers Battle To Meet Iran Shortfall

    • Date: 10/05/18
    • Financial Times

    As President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate sanctions on Iran sends oil prices higher, consumers and the administration might hope that US producers could come to the rescue with increased production. But logistical constraints, in particular insufficient pipeline capacity at the heart of the US shale boom in west Texas, are limiting how quickly American […]

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