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Cal on February 15th, 2017

Despite having only 20% of the world’s shale oil and gas resources, advantages in the US and Canada mean these countries will continue to dominate the market, according to a new Raymond James report. While abundant shale resources exist in several countries around the world, a variety of hurdles preclude their development, including technical know-how, regulatory barriers and […]

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Cal on February 4th, 2017

A new study from McKinsey & Company finds electric car battery costs fell from US$1,000 per kilowatt-hour in 2010 to US$227 per kWh last year – or by almost 80%. (This refers to battery pack cost and not just the battery cells. The costs of both are often confused.) Current projections put EV battery pack prices below $190/kWh […]

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Cal on January 31st, 2017

Last week BP released its annual Energy Outlook report that surveys the prospects for the oil industry in the coming decades. The energy company sees the demand for energy growing into the 2040s but that the demand for crude oil will slow because of more efficient means of consumption and the increasing use of renewable and […]

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Cal on January 23rd, 2017

NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. said they had begun operations at a US$1 billion carbon capture facility at a Texas coal-fired power plant and were using the emissions to extract crude from a nearby oilfield. The facility, the largest of its kind in the world, is the latest in efforts […]

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Cal on January 10th, 2017

Russia recently announced that its crude oil production was now 11.21 million barrels per day and that this will serve as the basis for its 300,000 b/d production cut. This is the highest Russian oil production has been in 30 years and is 370,000 b/d higher than in July when Moscow first started talking about cutting […]

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Cal on January 8th, 2017

By 2026 the US is expected to become a net exporter of energy. By then the American economy will be producing 20% more energy than today, with domestic demand only having risen by 5%. This projection comes from the country’s Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. Through to 2040, electricity is expected to be the largest single use of […]

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Cal on January 1st, 2017

MIT Technology Review has an article about robots mining 24 hours a day. Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees. Mining companies are well placed to expand automation rapidly, because they have already invested in centralized control systems that use software […]

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Cal on December 15th, 2016

Already having a goal of 52% renewable electricity by 2030, the north African country of Morocco has now set a goal of becoming 100% renewable by the second half of this century. By 2030 the country expects to get 20% of its electricity from solar, 20% from wind and 12% from hydro. The Netherlands wants […]

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