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Cal on January 15th, 2018

Ford Motor Co. announced it intends to have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup by 2022. 16 will be fully electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids. To achieve this goal the automaker is spending $11 billion to develop dedicated electric vehicle architectures. The business plan is to move away from sedans and internal […]

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Cal on January 11th, 2018

Amid the strife, turmoil and corruption in Venezuela, its oil production has sunk to a 28 years low, to levels not seen since 1989. This in a world of increasing oil demand. Torbjorn Kjus, oil market analyst with Norway’s DNB Bank, said: “The Venezuelan economy could collapse at any moment. We could envisage scenarios spanning from outright […]

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Cal on December 20th, 2017

Tom Whipple gives us his observations about where crude oil prices may go as we turn the corner into a new year: “The key issues for 2018 will be how fast US shale oil production grows and whether OPEC and its associates can adhere to its production cut agreement for the next 12 months and […]

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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 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 2nd, 2017

The government of Singapore announced it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks. The South Asian Republic receives an average annual solar irradiance of 1,580 kilowatts per metre squared per hour, and up to 50% more solar radiation than other temperate countries. Using photovoltaic cells, solar power is likely to be the […]

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Cal on September 11th, 2017

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is forecasting a crippling 1 gigawatt energy shortfall in 2022, as Australia’s coal power plants begin to shut down, potentially leading to electric power shortages and rising prices for consumers. In particular, the proposed closure of the Liddell coal-fired power station in 2022 will materially increase the risk of […]

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Cal on August 19th, 2017

The US Energy Information Administration projects that, based on current construction plans, by 2020 the US will have the third-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity in the world after Australia and Qatar. China is expected to become the leading importer of LNG, consuming about 40% of world supply. Natural gas liquids are sought by the steel, chemical […]

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