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Cal on November 14th, 2017

China’s largest oil company Sinopec, one of that country’s top banks, and its sovereign wealth fund agreed to develop a $43 billion natural gas project in the US state of Alaska. When will we reach peak oil demand?  Royal Dutch Shell and Norway’s Statoil predict crude oil demand could reach its high as soon as 2025 […]

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Cal on November 10th, 2017

  The world’s largest solar tower will be built in Dubai. It will be part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, currently the largest renewable energy project on a single plot in the world. The first phase of the project was launched in 2013 and today has a capacity of 13 megawatts (MW) that generates […]

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Cal on November 7th, 2017

Saudi Arabia has started the process to build 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear electricity generating capacity by 2032, the equivalent of about 17 reactors, making it one of the biggest prospects for an industry struggling after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. The Saudis want to reduce the amount of crude oil they burn domestically for generate […]

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Cal on November 6th, 2017

In The Geopolitics of Energy Joseph Nye writes about how the discovery of shale oil in the US has changed the balance of international political power in the world. The International Monetary Fund estimates Saudi Arabia will need crude oil prices at about $70 per barrel in 2018 for its budget to break even, a dramatic […]

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Cal on October 25th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a special report on energy access. Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity. The IEA says this number will shrink by a third by 2030, with 60% of these gains supplied by renewable energy sources. The past two decades have seen spectacular gains in providing […]

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Cal on October 24th, 2017

Global crude oil demand growth will slow to a crawl and gasoline use will peak within the next decade, prompting the world’s biggest energy companies to accelerate the shift to natural gas and chemicals, according to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie. Oil consumption will keep expanding until at least 2035 as the petrochemical industry, which provides the […]

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Cal on October 17th, 2017

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, announced it would no longer finance companies whose main business is the exploration, production, trading, or marketing of crude oil and natural gas from shale or tar sands projects.  The bank will also no longer finance liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals that predominantly liquefy and export gas from shale projects, […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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