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Cal on June 15th, 2017

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54% of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. About half of urban dwellers reside in relatively small settlements of less than 500,000 inhabitants, while nearly one in eight live […]

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Cal on June 11th, 2017

Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, briefed the prime minister and state premiers on his special report into the nation’s electricity market and recommends a transition policy as cold-fired electrical generation is phased out. The study was requested by the federal energy minister last fall as the country struggled with several wide-spread power failures in the state […]

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Cal on June 6th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that global new nuclear capacity additions totaled 10 gigawatts last year, the highest rate since 1990. The IEA also said that from 2010 to 2015, renewable power generation grew by more than 30% and is forecast to grow by another 30% between 2015 and 2020. A new study from […]

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Cal on May 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on April 14th, 2017

The African nation of Kenya has awarded a contract for the construction of a geothermal power plant (Olkaria V) which will have 140 megawatt (MW) capacity. With the completion of Olkaria V, Kenya will have 290 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 10% of the nation’s total electric generation capacity. Scientists from around the world will […]

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Cal on March 30th, 2017

OPEC’s crude oil supply cuts are providing to be beneficial for producers of heavy crude oil from Western Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. Prices for Western Canadian grades have increased relative to the benchmark West Texas Intermediate since OPEC began implementing its reductions earlier this year. In Southeast Asia, nearly a decade in the making, […]

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Cal on March 28th, 2017

In the US city of San Diego, California the local electric utility has installed a new battery energy storage facility that will store up to 2 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 1,000 homes for four hours. San Diego Gas & Electric’s vanadium redox flow battery substation will store energy from solar panels and release it when resources are […]

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Cal on February 28th, 2017

While Canada and the US ban Arctic drilling for crude oil and natural gas motivated by environmental concerns, Norwegian energy companies are planning to increase drilling in that country’s Arctic shelf in the Barents Sea. The North Caspian Operating Co., a joint venture operating the giant oil field in the Kazakh waters of the Caspian Sea […]

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