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Cal on February 13th, 2017

Direct Current (DC) Supergrids are appearing in China, India. Europe and Brazil. Long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) connectors are now transmitting electricity over thousands of kilometres more efficiently than AC or alternating current. China began building these transmission facilities in 2010 and is currently has one under construction that will carry 12 gigawatts (half the average power use of Spain) over 3,400 […]

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Cal on January 14th, 2017

In 2015 humans used about 575 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (575 followed by 15 zeros; a Btu is roughly the energy released in a single match.) With a global population of 7.3 billion, that worked out to 78 million Btu per person that year. Nearly 40% of all […]

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Cal on December 28th, 2016

Russia supplied a third of Europe’s natural gas needs in 2016, a record amount despite tensions with the European Union and a desire by the EU to reduce its dependence on Russian supplies.  In 2015, Russia supplied 31% of European gas supplies. The EU imports around 50% of its natural gas needs, but it has become increasingly concerned about Gazprom’s role as […]

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Cal on November 30th, 2016

Today’s critical meeting of OPEC members is being touted as the “Most Important OPEC Meeting Ever” as many are saying that the crude oil cartel’s role in controlling oil prices will be lost if there is no agreement to cut production and dramatically increase the world price of oil. And any meaningful agreement would have […]

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Cal on November 24th, 2016

The Norwegian government estimates there are roughly 18 billion barrels of oil equivalent yet to be discovered in Norwegian waters and half of that is in the Arctic’s Barents Sea. In the past year Swedish energy company Lundin Petroleum has made two discoveries in the Barent’s Sea. It’s discovery last year at Alta, about 100 miles from […]

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Cal on November 15th, 2016

The International Energy Agency raised its forecast for non-OPEC crude oil production increases next year to 500,000 barrels per day with the increase coming from Russia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan. An indication of a growing glut of crude oil was a report that European oil companies have been forced to book oil tankers to store their growing […]

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Cal on November 8th, 2016

Ten of the world’s largest oil companies plan to invest an average of $100 million annually over the next 10 years in low-carbon technologies, the companies announced last week. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, which includes state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC, said its investments will initially focus on carbon […]

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Cal on October 13th, 2016

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement to construct the TurkStream undersea natural gas pipeline, which will allow Russia to strengthen its position in the European natural gas market and cut energy supplies via Ukraine, the main route for Russian energy into Europe. The pipeline will be built under the Black Sea and would begin operations by 2020. West […]

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