How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals

How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals

Not too long ago, when the idea of solar and wind energy was still hotly debated, critics used to point out the limitations of these energy sources: the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. But nowadays many countries’ electricity grids are strongly supplied by renewable energy. The challenge in creating flexible, […]

By Sebastian Sterl, Robert Brecha |
Review: Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914 to 1945

Review: Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914 to 1945

For the past two hundred years, fossil fuel resources have bestowed global power. Britain became the first global hegemon in the nineteenth century, thanks to its first-mover advantage in industrialization and its peerless navy, both of which harnessed high-quality coal, of which Britain the world’s largest supply. The United States similarly leveraged its own prodigious […]

By John Bowlus |
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 |
Production
Review: Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914 to 1945

Review: Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914 to 1945

For the past two hundred years, fossil fuel resources have bestowed global power. Britain became the first global hegemon in the nineteenth century, thanks to its first-mover advantage in industrialization and its peerless navy, both of which harnessed high-quality coal, of which Britain the world’s largest supply. The United States similarly leveraged its own prodigious […]

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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
How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals

How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals

Not too long ago, when the idea of solar and wind energy was still hotly debated, critics used to point out the limitations of these energy sources: the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. But nowadays many countries’ electricity grids are strongly supplied by renewable energy. The challenge in creating flexible, […]

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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

How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals

Consumption

Not too long ago, when the idea of solar and wind energy was still hotly debated, critics used to point out the limitations of these energy sources: the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. But nowadays many countries’ electricity grids are strongly supplied by renewable energy. The challenge in creating flexible, […]

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Review: Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914 to 1945

Opinion

For the past two hundred years, fossil fuel resources have bestowed global power. Britain became the first global hegemon in the nineteenth century, thanks to its first-mover advantage in industrialization and its peerless navy, both of which harnessed high-quality coal, of which Britain the world’s largest supply. The United States similarly leveraged its own prodigious […]

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