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Energy Quote of the Day: "Whatever Difficulties Arise this Winter, Gazprom is Helping you Prepare"

August 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gazprom Energy Projects

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to the lowest levels since the Cold War over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Strict economic sanctions have been initiated by western governments and intergovernmental organizations against strategic sectors of Russia’s economy.[read more]

'Germany, Want to Rid Yourself of Russian Gas? Turbo-Charge the Energiewende!'

August 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Germany and Fuel Supply

Last week, the US and the EU hit Russia with a new sanctions regime in order to punish its continued meddling in destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. The economic restrictions are dubbed ‘Stage Three’ sanctions, indicating the increased level of severity meant to further ratchet up costs to the Russian economy.[read more]

In Ukraine Crisis Wake: Geopolitics and a Case for European LNG Import Terminals

August 5, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Ukraine Crisis and European LNG Imports

The global LNG supply options are broadening with new LNG export projects – both under construction and proposed – mushrooming especially in Australia, the US, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Tanzania, etc.. A severe competition in the global LNG market is in the not so distant future.[read more]

The Energy Angle: Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Putin

July 29, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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Both energy companies and consuming countries who still think appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin will solve their long term problems need to think again. Hillary Clinton’s tough talk about why we must stand up to energy fascism is spot on and needs to be carefully heeded.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

The Real Reason Shell Halted Its Ukrainian Shale Operations

June 25, 2014 by Igor Alexeev

Shell and Ukrainian Shale

Royal Dutch Shell has blamed air strikes by the government in Kiev against its own citizens as the reason it decided to halt its shale oil projects in the region. The truth may be that company is disappointed with the viability of what it once thought was a large shale deposit, and is looking for a way out.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'It Would be to Europe's Detriment to Ditch the Workhorses of Its Energy System...'

June 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson

European Energy Systems and Sources

Breaking Energy covered the G7 energy ministers’ meeting in Rome. Back on the agenda thanks to the Ukraine crisis was European energy security, which is a topic of continuous deliberation, failed attempts at improving the European status quo such as the Nabucco pipeline project and, above all, complacency.[read more]

Does a Future Gas Glut Shape Russian Decision Making in Russia-Ukraine Conflict?

June 11, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Russia may appear to some observers to have all the cards in its continued negotiations with Ukraine over their high stakes natural gas pricing dispute, in which European gas supply remains a hostage. But long term trends in global natural gas might not be on Moscow’s side.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Security of Supply, 2030 Package, Ukraine, Internal Energy Market & State Aid [VIDEO]

June 5, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Issues Briefing

Hughes Belin, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the EU Summit on June 26 & 27, along with the commission’s plan to enhance the European Union’s security of supply in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They Now Have a More Expensive Product and More Carbon'

May 17, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Carbon and Expense

Statoil’s CEO Helge Lund gave keynote remarks to the audience at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy Spring Conference last week. He also engaged in some Q&A about how Europe looks at the US unconventional production boom predominantly fueled by shale gas and oil development.[read more]

G7 Energy Ministers talk Grand 'Energy Initiative for Energy Security'

May 13, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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G7 Ministers and Energy Planning

Last Tuesday, G7 energy ministers wrapped up a special meeting in Rome whose purpose was discussing how Europe, which has been reliant on Russia for about one third of its natural gas supplies, could find a way to replace Russian natural gas.[read more]

Russia and the Ukraine: The Worrisome Connection to World Oil and Gas Problems

May 9, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Ukraine Crisis and World Oil and Gas

If a person thinks about the current Ukraine crisis, it looks a lot like a situation where the world is reaching limits on oil and gas production. The marginal producers (including Russia) are being pushed out, at the same time that the marginal consumers (including the Ukraine) are being pushed out.[read more]

Beware, Miscalculations Can Occur on Both Sides

May 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Equal Miscalculation

On Friday, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House and seemed to dismiss the notion that Russia would “turn off the tap to Europe” by calling it “unrealistic”. He added that natural gas kept flowing even at the height of the Cold War.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day" "The E.U. Cannot Have its Cake and Eat it, Too"

May 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson

The E.U. and Energy Relations

 

Outgoing Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni sees the volatile standoff between Western powers and Russia over the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine as a new low point for European energy security. Italian oil and gas company Eni serves as a conduit for gas sourced from Gazprom and delivered to European customers.[read more]

Exporting US LNG to Prized non-FTA Countries: Bottlenecks in the Approval Process

April 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Exporting LNG Problems

In the wake of the Ukraine crisis and amid heightened pressure on the Obama Administration to speed up the approval process for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plants, the geopolitical argument over LNG exports has gained traction in Congress.[read more]