Renewables

CERAWeek: Terry Hallmark of IHS forecasts $43 a barrel for 2009 (Houston Chronicle)

High winds slash Spain’s energy costs as wild weather hits southern Europe (Guardian)

Does pricey gas make cars safer?

Does a big economy need big power plants? Amory Lovins on networked energy (Freakonomics)

Why China should not have to cap its carbon emissions before 2015, and the conditions necessary to achieve it (China Environmental Law)

How much renewable energy do we use? (EIA)

Introducing… the Philippe Starck home wind turbine (Luxist)

Is there anything they aren’t doing? The Google PowerMeter (Google)

- Crude rises as US stimulus package may lead to lower dollar (Bloomberg)

- El-badri says Opec should wait for 100% compliance before considering new measures (Platts)

- UTS rejects Total offer (Reuters)

- Italy’s Eni signs 3 deals with Angola’s Sonangol (Reuters)

- OPEC to cut output at price below $40, Khelil says (Bloomberg)

- Nymex’s Brent share doubles as traders shun banks (Bloomberg)

- Gazprom set to cut output in downturn (WSJ)

- Gazprom gets license for four blocks offshore Vietnam (Platts)

- US urged to save forests to curb climate change (Reuters)

- Iraq considers $200m plan to reverse oil-output decline (Platts)

- Scientists plan emergency summit on climate change (Guardian)

Energy news from the FT:

- BG’s bid turns up heat with rival Shell
Group makes A$796m offer for Pure Energy

- Opec steps up threat of output reduction
Cartel member tells FT that ‘further action’ is possible

- Rio Tinto chief leans towards Chinalco deal
Boardroom split at the indebted mining group

- Trading in Chinalco shares suspended
Move follows senior management reshuffle

- Lex: Rio Tinto
Mining group wedged itself into a hole

- Donors press Congo over $9bn China deal
China’s biggest investment in Africa under pressure

- KIA rethink on Dow Chemical deal
Kuwaitis to back Rohm & Haas move

- Bullion sales hit record in rush to safety
Investors are buying record amounts of gold

- Randgold upbeat on cost outlook
Mining costs are likely to fall

- Anglo Platinum scraps final dividend
Group plans 10,000 job cuts

- Markey pushes climate change legislation
Pressure to rise ahead of Copenhagen summit

- The super-cycle isn’t over yet
Francisco Blanch, head of commodities at BoA, on the credit crisis

Coal won’t be replaced anytime soon: “The idea that solar, wind and other sources can immediately replace coal is a fallacy; it would take years for us to replace coal plants with a mixture of nuclear, solar and wind power plants.” (SeekingAlpha)

Opec’s final humiliation: Production levels may even rise this year from Canada and Mexico. “Who ever expected that the Canadians would become the greatest threat to Hugo Chavez?” (247WallSt)

An energy boomtown goes bust: “It was like the difference between night and day,” in Parachute, Colorado

Koch Supply and Trading books a supertanker for six months to store 2bn barrels of crude off the coast of the Emirates (The National)

Maybe there are ways to create the perfect energy source: safe, low cost, abundant and usable by humans for the sake of humans. But we don’t know whether that is possible within the physical laws of our universe.” (The Oil Drum)

Cap and trade or tax? The World Resources Institute argues for the former in a Q&A

Speedbumps to generate power for streetlights (Guardian/Observer)

China begins work on 12th 5-year energy plan covering 2010 – 2015 (China Environmental Law)

Gas, more than oil, is the canary in US coal mine

Installed windpower by country – guess who is top?

After the strike threat, it’s back to the future for US refiners

New nano material the key to cutting solar cell prices

DARPA funding for algae-based jet fuel

Three conditions needed for a surge in Iraqi oil

A large array PV system paid for in today’s dollars could be quite the asset in 2020

Climate change and giant snakes

‘The golden age for refiners is over’ (The Barrel/Platts)

Stern: We need a $2,000bn ‘green stimulus’ (FT) – but climate change represents a great business and investment opportunity (The Times)

Trade wars: Will climate change measures lead to a protectionist tit-for-tat? (WSJ)

BP blamed as carbon credit prices plunge (Guardian)

Additionality: the naughty teenagers and carparks analogy (EU Energy Blog)

Make your own wireless home energy monitor, and hook it up to Twitter

Rio Tinto in asset sale talks with Chinalco

Survey sparks EU probe into power market

Carbon price fall bad for green investment

Tide on the rise for wave generation

Editorial: By leaving markets, food importers make things worse

- Saudi Arabia called for the biggest production cut in the history of the Opec oil cartel in an effort to counter collapsing oil prices

- General Electric delivered a sober outlook for 2009, leaving little doubt profits would fall

- Obama’s appointment of Steven Chu as US energy secretary has been welcomed by scientists and climate change campaigners

- Italian police arrested three Total employees in a corruption probe involving an oil concession

- Heat rises in Russia-Ukraine gas talks for the fourth consecutive year

- Buffett could bow out of the battle for Constellation Energy after his utility group said it would not try to outbid EDF

- Iraq signs $3bn power deal with GE to more than double its electricity generation capacity

- Falling oil price threatens bid to diversify Gulf economies

- Aluminium prices sank to a five-year low amid falling demand fear

- UK business ‘woefully served’ by power groups

President-elect Obama focuses on alternative energy with pick for energy secretary

Electricite de France said to be close to buying half of Constellation, trumping Buffett reports Bloomberg

UK: Hunting on lookout for more acquisitions after disposing of Gibson oilsands project

UK: RWE’s UK renewables arm reviews wind power plans amid rising costs

Germany: Renewable energy companies and bankers to meet