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Cal on February 23rd, 2017

China’s current Five-Year Plan envisions building seven new nuclear reactors a year between 2016 and 2020. China currently has 36 nuclear reactors in operation, 21 under construction and more waiting to start. There were only 174 crude oil and natural gas discoveries worldwide last year, compared to an average of 400-500 per year up until […]

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Cal on February 19th, 2017

Recent global solar-power capacity auctions have come in at record low levels: $0.033/kilowatt-hour (kwh) in India, $0.032/kwh in Mexico, $0.024/kwh in Abu Dhabi, $0.029/kwh in Chile, and $0.039/kwh in the United States. In adding renewable energy to their grids, many countries are now holding public auctions whereby the lowest qualified bidders get the government contracts […]

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Cal on January 23rd, 2017

NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. said they had begun operations at a US$1 billion carbon capture facility at a Texas coal-fired power plant and were using the emissions to extract crude from a nearby oilfield. The facility, the largest of its kind in the world, is the latest in efforts […]

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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 December 3rd, 2016

Scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol have developed a lab-made nuclear diamond that can generate electricity and is made from radioactive waste. The diamond battery has an incredible lifetime, and will only be half used up by the year 7746.  As most people know, a severe downside of the nuclear fission process is the creation of dangerous radioactive waste, which […]

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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 19th, 2016

A giant oil field was found in the US state of Texas that holds 20 billion barrels of oil trapped in four layers of shale. This is about three times larger than the Bakken field in the state of North Dakota and the single largest US. unconventional crude deposit, according to the US Geological Survey.  The oil […]

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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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