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Cal on July 27th, 2017

Britain announced it will ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. This follows a similar recent announcement by France.  The British ban will also include new hybrid vehicles with an electric motor and gasoline or diesel […]

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Cal on May 23rd, 2017

Switzerland has voted in a referendum to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and to ban new nuclear plants. A proposed new Swiss law (“Energy Strategy 2050) plans to increase domestic renewable energy, reduce fossil fuel use, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The European country wants to increase solar and wind power capacity by 400% by […]

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Cal on April 5th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said it does not expect a major increase in global crude oil prices despite the recent 1.8-million-barrel supply cut by OPEC and its allies. The IEA bases its judgment on the extraordinary size of the global oil glut, and the likelihood that any substantial price increase would bring more oil from the […]

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Cal on March 26th, 2017

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecasts US shale oil production will rise by some 300,000 barrels per day this year and another 500,000 b/d in 2018. Industry sources talk about increased efficiency and production gains, suggesting to many that the EIA’s forecast is conservative and that the US shale oil production increase may be higher. […]

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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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