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13 Strange and Interesting Sources of Biofuel

Jun 04, 2012 at 17:53

Nothing new under the sun? Potrzebie! These biofuels feedstocks set records for ingenuity, sheer craziness and a liberal dose of “what, me worry?“Most of the stories we write…

Pressure to go Green is Leading to Higher Energy Prices

Jun 04, 2012 at 17:45

As the United States continues through the interminable process that will end with the national elections in November, the continued poor state of the economy is playing an increasing part…

Japanese Solar Market about to Boom

Jun 04, 2012 at 17:40

Last year, the Japanese government announced the creation of a national feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar, joining Germany and China in creating robust public policy to drive deployment of renewable…

Spain's Respol Shifts its Focus to Latin America’s Energy Superpower Brazil

Jun 03, 2012 at 09:40

Spain’s energy conglomerate Repsol has had an interesting few months in Latin America.  In 1999 Repsol bought Argentina’s Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF), creating Respol-YPF to begin exploiting Argentina’s…

Carving Up Iraq, Barrel by Barrel

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:54

Iraq’s latest energy auction was a flop, and while major international companies balked at everything from unattractive contract terms to security concerns, the failure of the auction highlights how the…

Michigan Oil Spill Highlights Need for Safety Overhaul

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:48

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge is in the hot seat for an oil spill from a ruptured line in southern Michigan. Crews in Marshall, Mich., are still working to clean up…

Making the Human Body more Energy Efficient

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:36

If you’re one of those humans who actually eats food, like I am, then a non-negligible part of your energy allocation goes into food production. As an approximate rule-of-thumb, each…

Now the U.S. Attack Chinese Wind Towers with Tariffs

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:25

The US Commerce Department has once again imposed anti-subsidy penalties on Chinese renewable energy imports, this time of utility-scale wind towers.The department issued a preliminary ruling on Wednesday…

How to Protect a Smart Grid from Threats in the Future

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:23

Cyber terrorism is the nightmare scenario for the energy industry. Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) are the weapons of choice.  In the ‘good old days’ we worried about hurricanes, tornadoes,…

Curtain Closing on Canadian Crude

May 31, 2012 at 17:54

Shell announced plans to expand its oil sands operations in Alberta province by as much as 90,000 bpd and said similar efforts were under way to make the country's western…

Reports of Nabucco Pipeline's Death are Exaggerated

May 31, 2012 at 17:51

The refining director at BP caused a stir last week in Berlin when he was interpreted as saying the full version of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline was no longer…

Geothermal Energy Could Provide 20% of the UK's Electricity Needs

May 31, 2012 at 17:33

A recent study by the engineering industry consultants Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has concluded that by spending just £11 million a year to raise geothermal energy subsidies the UK could…

International Climate Talks Are Progressing, But Very Slowly

May 31, 2012 at 17:30

The climate negotiations are proceeding at an “unacceptable” pace, said UN climate chief Christiana Figueres today, but progress is being made.Speaking in Cologne at the opening of the…

Canada - More of the Great White North Up for Energy Development?

May 30, 2012 at 17:09

Quick – which is the U.S.’s biggest supply of non-OPEC oil? Canada - according to the U.S. Energy Administration, the United States total crude oil imports now average 9.033…

Behind the Low Oil Prices Lurks a Struggling Economy

May 30, 2012 at 17:05

As oil prices drop to below $90 a barrel this week, reaching a seven-month low, it’s fine to take heart in the accompanying dip in gas prices at the pump,…

Water Treatment Offers Good Investment Opportunities thanks to Oil & Gas

May 30, 2012 at 16:50

Investors are increasingly looking at the water treatment sector to tap expected growing demand for new water technologies, especially from the extractive industries.These industries use huge amounts of…

Russia's Dysfunctional Economy Fails to Attract Investment Vital for Energy

May 30, 2012 at 16:44

Russia is a difficult country to analyse. It is the largest nation on Earth, rich in natural resources and human resources. And yet it is burdened with dysfunctional government, a…

Serbia to House World's Largest Solar Farm, But Investment Climate Flounders

May 29, 2012 at 17:48

While Serbia prepares to build the largest solar park in the world, tax revenue incentives and European Union policy initiatives rather than a public desire to go green help to…

Easy Energy is Delaying Further Technological Innovation

May 29, 2012 at 17:44

Over the weekend I read a blog post by author Nicholas Carr describing what he calls the hierarchy of innovation.Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about…

Germany's Power Grid under Increasing Pressure

May 29, 2012 at 17:37

With a steep growth of power generation from photovoltaic (PV) and wind power and with 8 GW base load capacity suddenly taken out of service the situation in Germany has…

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