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Paywalled but interesting example of BP truly moving "beyond petroleum" under new leadership.
09/10/2020
BP enters offshore wind with Equinor deal

Paywalled but interesting example of BP truly moving "beyond petroleum" under new leadership.

UK company to pay Norwegian group $1.1bn for 50% stake in two US projects

09/09/2020
How maps explain the eastern Mediterranean gas crisis

Paywalled but important and understandable description of the eastern Med gas crisis.

FT energy editor David Sheppard uses maps of the eastern Mediterranean to explain why there is such interest in gas deposits. The Turkish exploration vessels searching for them are not using conventional drilling platforms while the possible hydrocarbon bounty has become a catalyst bringing long-run...

Singapore already an oil hub becoming an LNG hub as well. Turkey dreams of playing a similar role, but unlikely to do so...
09/08/2020
More firms setting up LNG desks in Singapore: Chan Chun Sing

Singapore already an oil hub becoming an LNG hub as well. Turkey dreams of playing a similar role, but unlikely to do so.

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - More firms have set up liquefied natural gas (LNG) desks in Singapore to capitalise on growing demand for gas in Asia, its trade minister told a virtual conference on Monday (Sept 7).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Paywalled but really important in the context of establishing the true cost of renewable -- and for that matter carbon-b...
09/07/2020
Green power needs to account for all its costs

Paywalled but really important in the context of establishing the true cost of renewable -- and for that matter carbon-based power generation.

UK study shows weather dependent electricity generation has significant hidden expenses

Confirms other reporting about the challenges facing China and BRI partner countries.
09/07/2020
The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Confirms other reporting about the challenges facing China and BRI partner countries.

It certainly does not appear that Beijing put sufficient effort into contemplating the likely economic impact of the BRI prior to commencing it, either upon host nations or upon itself.

Fascinating story about global demand for air conditioning and the impact on power grids.
09/06/2020
How to avoid the coming air conditioning crunch

Fascinating story about global demand for air conditioning and the impact on power grids.

Soaring demand for AC in an increasingly hot world threatens our power grids and promises to make climate change far worse.

The move to renewable energy has unintended side effects.
09/05/2020
1 big thing: Copper demand pits clean energy against the wilderness

The move to renewable energy has unintended side effects.

The world's transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles will require unprecedented amounts of copper from potentially new mining operations that may harm vulnerable species and ecosystems, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.

There are consequences -- and some on the environment -- of the shift to renewables. No one said it would be easy.
09/02/2020
The renewable threat to biodiversity

There are consequences -- and some on the environment -- of the shift to renewables. No one said it would be easy.

Expanded mining for materials used in renewable power technologies and electric cars could harm vulnerable species and ecosystems absent better planning, new research suggests.

Paywalled, but important analysis of the geopolitics of a changing energy market.
08/31/2020
EU sounds alarm on critical raw materials shortages

Paywalled, but important analysis of the geopolitics of a changing energy market.

Transition to a low-carbon economy and pandemic disruption exacerbate Europe’s dependence on problematic partners

We need to be careful when accessing "breakthroughs" like green hydrogen. They come with a cost.
08/27/2020
Europe faces high hurdles to make hydrogen hype reality

We need to be careful when accessing "breakthroughs" like green hydrogen. They come with a cost.

A European Union goal to boost the use of zero-carbon hydrogen is likely to be a pipe dream unless the bloc can find billions in investment and persuade member states, under strain from the pandemic hit to their economies, to give their backing.

Markets do matter -- and matter more than efforts to subsidize a particular energy source.
08/23/2020
Coal’s Days May Be Over in the U.S.

Markets do matter -- and matter more than efforts to subsidize a particular energy source.

Renewables will most likely surpass the fossil fuel in electricity generation this year despite the Trump administration’s efforts to prop it up.

If this is the case, then return on investment just be lower because these are mature investment opportunities. Am I mis...
08/21/2020
Solar, Wind, and Batteries Are All Grown Up

If this is the case, then return on investment just be lower because these are mature investment opportunities. Am I missing something?

Renewables are finally mainstream, which means big changes in the way we invest in, plan for, and dream about our energy future.

Important new geopolitical flash point in Southeast Asia.
08/19/2020
Vietnam battles for IOCs as China turns up the heat

Important new geopolitical flash point in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam is facing the prospect of losing heavyweight IOCs from its offshore, as China amplifies pressure to rein in E&P activity that it views as challenging its maritime interests along the so-called Nine Dash Line in the South China Sea.

Paywalled but a geopolitical issue where climate change policy in the EU could affect the energy dimension of this unnec...
08/18/2020
Defusing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean

Paywalled but a geopolitical issue where climate change policy in the EU could affect the energy dimension of this unnecessary conflict.

EU needs a more coherent approach to energy policy and the region

Paywalled but an important issue for energy security and climate change.
08/03/2020
Gas flaring hits highest level in a decade

Paywalled but an important issue for energy security and climate change.

There is little incentive to end the polluting practice because of low oil and gas prices

Important to consider as we look at the future of oil and gas. Where does the investment come from?
07/22/2020
The last frontier: oil industry scales back exploration

Important to consider as we look at the future of oil and gas. Where does the investment come from?

Once the most adventurous aspect of the business, exploring for new fields is now one of the most controversial

Danger of offering subsidies rather than letting markt fporces wor. See my op-ed https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-fe...
07/21/2020
Prosecutors say Ohio House leader helped pass energy bailout in exchange for $61 million in bribes

Danger of offering subsidies rather than letting markt fporces wor. See my op-ed https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-federal-nuclear-industry-bailout-20190627-5vbyl7p74vb5lkru55v4432jke-story.html

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) helped pass a controversial nuclear bailout bill in exchange for almost $61 million in bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced racketeering charges against the official.

Interesting potential implications for US commercial presence in the Eastern Med.
07/20/2020
Chevron to buy Noble Energy in $5 billion deal

Interesting potential implications for US commercial presence in the Eastern Med.

Oil major Chevron Corp said on Monday it agreed to buy Noble Energy Inc in an all-stock deal, valuing the Houston-based oil and gas producer at $5 billion.

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Paywalled but an important contribution to more sober thinking regarding the future of renewables.
Important read.
Paywalled but a cautionary tale regarding wind power.
Paywalled but an interesting development.
A very interesting story with two sides to it explained.
A rather uncertain outlook for Russian oil production at todays low oil prices.
Paywalled but a good piece on the future -- always seems to be 30 years away -- for fusion nuclear power.
Paywalled but an important read.
Paywalled, but important reminder of what a wild card is.
Paywalled but this raises some very interesting points.
Paywalled but something to watch. We discussed this last night in my class POGO 750 Geopolitics of Energy Security.
HT @RichardMeyerDC This is very significant: the clash between climate and energy policy.