Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

Kate Mackenzie

A rash of papers, comments and interviews have made us think this recently. It’s not as simple as ‘policymakers are waking up to peak oil’, but that all those groups — and indeed, industry — are increasingly talking about the same issues looming in fossil fuel production, even if they’re using different terminology. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Brazil’s planned new 11-GW hydroelectricity station, to be located in the Amazon jungle, has attracted protests from celebrities from Sting, Sigourney Weaver, and James Cameron, who said it was a “real-life Avatar” situation. It looks like going ahead anyway. But hydropower has some interesting advantages – and drawbacks – as a source of renewable electricity. Read more

Ed Crooks

Gas storage has, unsurprisingly, not featured as a prominent issue in the UK general election campaign. The public only notices its gas supply if it fails to arrive at the turn of a knob, and when the bill comes. There is also a remarkable degree of consensus between Labour and Conservative parties on the subject. However there is a much greater gulf between the parties and some of Britain’s leading energy experts. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

With the right equipment, utilities can remote switch off a customer’s energy supply during peak demand periods — even a brief cessation can make a big difference when peak power plants are considered. This is already an established practice among big commercial electricity users in some countries. But are householders willing to let utilities control their energy consumption and their devices like this? Only, it seems, if they save enough money. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

- Grounding of Europe’s jets cancels out volcano CO2 emissions

- Another study finds biofuels are inefficient

- Are Shengen-style agreements for European nuclear and gas feasible?

- A contrarian call: US nat gas shortages could be ‘alarming’ by summer

- How would gasoline tax money be spent?

- Nissan’s Leaf is a multi-billion-dollar gamble [And more] Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Brazil sells contract to build Amazon hydroelectric plant – FT

Trafigura lifts veil to reveal $1bn profit – FT

CFTC to review carbon, gas contracts – Argus

Desire Petroleum plans more Falklands drilling – Telegraph

Japan wants hybrids to reach 50% by 2020 – Autoblog Green

BarCap forecasts further strength in carbon – Argus

‘Modest’ hit from Waxman-Markey bill forecast for households – The Hill [And more] Read more