Eastern Mediterranean gas: testing the field

Eastern Mediterranean gas: testing the field

Since 2006, Europe has increasingly viewed eastern Mediterranean gas as a resource with huge potential to provide economic growth, mitigate climate change, and reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies. European companies have been involved in gas exploration, and the European Union has largely supported the idea of a new pipeline that connects Israeli and Egyptian […]

By John Bowlus |
Energy geopolitics will hinge on the nationalism-globalism swinging door

Energy geopolitics will hinge on the nationalism-globalism swinging door

The novel coronavirus commands the world’s attention, but underneath the pandemic, energy geopolitics are shifting. Last week, the Director of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol was unequivocal: “The energy industry that emerges from this crisis will be significantly different from the one that came before.” Economic recovery will guide countries’ near-term choices on energy […]

By John Bowlus |
Earth Day at 50: A look to the past offers hope for the planet’s future

Earth Day at 50: A look to the past offers hope for the planet’s future

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets in cities and towns across the United States, giving voice to an emerging consciousness of humanity’s impact on Earth. Protesters shut down 5th Avenue in New York City, students in Boston staged a “die-in” at Logan airport and demonstrators in Chicago […]

By Philippe Tortell |
Exclusive interview: Barbara Freese on coal and how industry denies climate change

Exclusive interview: Barbara Freese on coal and how industry denies climate change

Barbara Freese has been thinking about the environment for nearly her entire life. As an attorney, she witnessed how the coal industry denied climate change, which led her to explore the history of humanity’s experiences in harvesting the world’s dirtiest energy source in Coal: A Human History. The book remains an ideal starting point for […]

By John Bowlus |
Production
In wasting oil wealth, Baghdad and the KRG have more in common than meets the eye

In wasting oil wealth, Baghdad and the KRG have more in common than meets the eye

With the slump in oil prices, and some analysts forecasting prices to head towards $10 per barrel, yet more hard times are ahead for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), where oil exports account for more than 70% of total exports. Lower prices and the novel coronavirus could aggravate existing fault lines, much […]

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Transmission
Australian grid struggles with renewables boom: report

Australian grid struggles with renewables boom: report

Australia’s independent Energy Security Board (ESB) has reported a “remarkable growth” in renewable energy, driven by cheaper equipment and government support with rooftop panels accounting for 5 per cent of production. The report said since 2005 total emissions across the national electricity market fell by 15 per cent with pollution expected to drop by a […]

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Storage
European Commission launches hydrogen initiative 

European Commission launches hydrogen initiative 

The European Commission has unveiled plans for an industrial strategy based on hydrogen production that include a “Clean Hydrogen Alliance” across the bloc.  “The alliance will build on existing work to identify technology needs, investment opportunities and regulatory barriers and enablers,” the European Union’s executive branch stated.  The initiative aims to promote the homegrown production […]

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Consumption
Saudi Aramco shares tumble amid price war 

Saudi Aramco shares tumble amid price war 

Saudi Aramco shares have fallen below their initial public offering (IPO) level amid the crude oil price war and the spread of the coronavirus. Shares in the state-run giant fell by 9.4 per cent in Saudi Arabia before a slight recovery. On Sunday, the Saudi authorities made the deepest cuts since the 1991 Gulf War […]

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Policy
Eastern Mediterranean gas: testing the field

Eastern Mediterranean gas: testing the field

Since 2006, Europe has increasingly viewed eastern Mediterranean gas as a resource with huge potential to provide economic growth, mitigate climate change, and reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies. European companies have been involved in gas exploration, and the European Union has largely supported the idea of a new pipeline that connects Israeli and Egyptian […]

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Environment
Earth Day at 50: A look to the past offers hope for the planet’s future

Earth Day at 50: A look to the past offers hope for the planet’s future

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets in cities and towns across the United States, giving voice to an emerging consciousness of humanity’s impact on Earth. Protesters shut down 5th Avenue in New York City, students in Boston staged a “die-in” at Logan airport and demonstrators in Chicago […]

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Industry
Carbon export tax would stamp out coal use: paper 

Carbon export tax would stamp out coal use: paper 

UK coal use is under increasing scrutiny despite claims that the country went a fortnight last year without generating any electricity from coal.  According to the government, coal made up 2 per cent of UK-generated power in 2019. By contrast, the figure was 15 per cent in the Netherlands and 38 per cent in Germany. […]

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Opinion

Eastern Mediterranean gas: testing the field

Opinion

Since 2006, Europe has increasingly viewed eastern Mediterranean gas as a resource with huge potential to provide economic growth, mitigate climate change, and reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies. European companies have been involved in gas exploration, and the European Union has largely supported the idea of a new pipeline that connects Israeli and Egyptian […]

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Energy geopolitics will hinge on the nationalism-globalism swinging door

Opinion

The novel coronavirus commands the world’s attention, but underneath the pandemic, energy geopolitics are shifting. Last week, the Director of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol was unequivocal: “The energy industry that emerges from this crisis will be significantly different from the one that came before.” Economic recovery will guide countries’ near-term choices on energy […]

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