Daily Archives: November 25, 2010

Kiran Stacey

Ditlev Engel - Photo courtesy of Vestas

Ditlev Engel - Photo courtesy of Vestas

Many thanks for all your questions for Sara Vaughan, Eon UK’s head of regulation and energy policy. Her answers will appear on this site on Friday.

Next week, the executive facing a grilling by Energy Source readers will be Ditlev Engel, chief executive of Vestas, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines.

This is your chance to ask Engel about Vestas’ role in building Thanet, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, or perhaps about why the company is cutting 3,000 jobs when governments across Europe are stating their commitment to wind power.

Email all your questions to energysource@ft.com by this Friday, November 26th.

David Blair

How much does Opec matter? This might appear a strange question to ask of the 12 countries who jointly possess about 80 per cent of the world’s known oil reserves, but the recent volatility of the oil market suggests the club may count for less than you might think.

Since the beginning of this month, oil prices have risen from about $83 per barrel to $89 before falling back down to $82. These swings had little to do with the availability of oil on the physical market and everything to do with speculative trading on the paper market, influenced by factors like the decline of the dollar and the Irish debt crisis. Opec has been little more than a bystander during this month’s rollercoaster ride.

Kiran Stacey

Just as world leaders prepare to board their chartered planes for Cancun, they are faced with the reality of what muddled government policy means for green investment.

I blogged yesterday on a survey by VB Research and Taylor Wessing about the green funding gap. The full report was released today, and contained within it were some hard facts and figures to back up what the executives were saying.

FT Energy Source

- First wind cancels initial public offering – FT

- Clean energy funding slumps – FT

- Gas crunch looms in China – Argus

- Where is gas used next in China? Trucks and trawlers – Reuters

- China to get tougher in energy saving, say officials – China Daily

- Quito takes over Petrobras fields – FT

- BP made risky decisions before spill, says panel – Reuters

- Groups bid for UK petrol chains – FT

- UK parliament launches inquiry into shale gas – No Hot Air

- UN: Greenhouse gases highest since pre-industrial times – The Guardian/Reuters

- Massive solar project proposed in Illinois – Argus

- Fashion guru plans sunny new look for solar farms – The Times (£)

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