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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 November 28th, 2016

Switzerland voting in a referendum rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power. A majority of cantons (Swiss states) voted against the initiative with the latest reports showing the breakdown 55% to 45%. The plan would have meant closing three of Switzerland’s five nuclear plants next year, with the last shutting in […]

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Cal on November 26th, 2016

According to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie, presently 13% of global C02 emissions are subjected to a carbon price. The firm believes, however, that technology and economics, not carbon pricing or other government policies, will drive the world towards decarbonization. “”It’s the technology that’s the wildcard now. How quickly can renewables costs fall, how quickly can competing […]

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Cal on May 23rd, 2013

Power Engineering International discusses the question of whether biomass for energy is really green (carbon neutral). “It is increasingly clear that the diverse forms of biomass come with different life-cycle carbon emissions and varying green credentials. Initial national policies were based on the assumption that biomass energy is carbon neutral… (C)loser study of the net […]

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Cal on May 4th, 2013

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says global biofuel capacity must double by 2020 if the world is to meet its green house gas emission targets according to Ethanol Producer Magazine. Waste Management News reports a gasification plant is under construction in India. Work has begun on a waste to energy facility in the village of […]

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Cal on April 30th, 2013

  In Bonfire of the subsidies the Economist questions the wisdom of Europe focusing its energy policy on renewables. In 2009 the European Union set itself the target of getting 20% of its energy from renewable sources.  For all the fields and roofs covered with solar panels and the once-empty uplands enlivened by wind turbines, […]

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Cal on April 21st, 2013

Humans’ global power consumption is growing by about 2.5% per year, even though the world’s population is growing at less than half this rate. The US Energy Information Administration reported low income Americans spend about twice the amount of household income on energy bills as the rich do. Last year the households in the highest […]

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The Telegraph argued that too much green energy is bad for Britain. The UK is becoming more and more dependent on the importation of foreign natural gas and this could soon become a crisis if domestic renewable energy sources are unable to produce enough electricity in the country’s unpredictable climate. Because of a misguided faith […]

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