Leadership By China is The Best Chance For Successful Climate Treaty

November 30, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

As the next round of international negotiations about a possible climate change treaty — the 17th to be exact since the Kyoto Treaty was signed in 1992 — get up to speed in Durban, South Africa, it’s becoming increasingly clear that an environmental emergency stands the best chance of compelling industrialized countries to act. That’s because nothing else will.[read more]

IEA World Energy Outlook: “If We Don’t Change Direction, We’ll End Up Where We’re Heading”

November 14, 2011 by Big Gav

SP at TOD ANZ has a look at the latest IEA report - “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re heading”.That is the prominent quote headlining the English language executive summary of the World Energy Outlook Report of the International Energy Agency released Wednesday.The following are selected passages from the...[read more]

IEA Calls On Greece To Reform Electricity, Gas Markets

October 28, 2011 by Tomaz Ostir

What will happen with Greece’s (EU’s) plan of 20/20/20 with the current development of the nations’ finance? Are solar investments still feasible, when country is in such debt and the investments heavily dependent on the feed-in tariffs? Greece  and Energy Greece, EU’s most southern country coulbe be one of the cornerstones of solar...[read more]

IEA Chief: Scrap Fossil Fuel Subsidies

October 24, 2011 by David Thorpe

As academics warn the world could exceed "safe" temperature levels in our lifetimes, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged the world to slash hundreds of billions of dollars of fossil fuel subsidies or face catastrophe.[read more]

A Tale of Two Earths – The Future of the EU-ETS

October 11, 2011 by David Hone

With the forward supply-demand picture of the EU ETS looking long and the prospect of low prices for the foreseeable future, what steps might be taken to address this? Certainly if nothing is done, the trading system will not drive the development of technologies such as carbon capture and storage, critical for the much deeper reductions to come in the 2020s and beyond.[read more]

OECD & IEA: Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Will Improve The Economy

October 4, 2011 by Tomaz Ostir

In the “about-to-be-published” (Novemeber 9) World Energy Outlook, emphasizes the importance of reforming the fossil-fuel subsidies. Their claim is that "Removing inefficient subsidies would raise national revenues and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions", according to OECD and IEA analyses.[read more]

Supporting Obama's SPR Move

July 1, 2011 by Amy Myers Jaffe

In 1973, the United States squarely faced a new geopolitical challenge: Oil dependence could constrain America’s freedom to movement on foreign policy and national security objectives. President Gerald Ford, in addressing the United Nations on the subject of the oil embargo, said “Sovereign nations cannot allow their policies to be...[read more]

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release Catches Market Napping

June 25, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

I see that the administration has decided to release 30 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, in coordination with a matched release from the strategic stocks of other OECD member countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA.) The release will be spaced over the next month, though it's not clear how soon it...[read more]

Highlights of BP’s 2011 Statistical Review of World Energy

June 23, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Global Energy Growth  BP recently released their highly respected annual Statistical Review of World Energy for 2011. Most of the news stories on the report have focused on the exceptionally strong growth in global energy consumption. While that is without a doubt a major story that I will discuss here, I also want to highlight some...[read more]


Gas Helps (Not Hurts) Renewables And 7 Other Reasons Gas Can Be Green

June 17, 2011 by Matthew Van Dusen

Last week was a good one if you happen to own a natural gas well. Two reports on the outlook for natural gas, gave a glowing assessment of the fuel’s future prospects but one predicted dire consequences for the planet if gas becomes a dominant fuel. Here are eight reasons that view is overly pessimistic, at least in the short run.[read more]

Marrying Gas and Renewables

June 15, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Marrying Gas and Renewables A Turkish developer recently announced that it would build a new power plant using technology from GE that matches wind and solar generation to the output of a highly responsive natural gas turbine, all integrated in one package with the hardware and software to mesh its output with the grid. GE is...[read more]

Do OPEC Meetings Matter?

June 10, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Yesterday's meeting of OPEC in Vienna attracted extra attention because of disagreements between Saudi Arabia and Iran that extend well beyond the oil fields. The resulting impasse over increasing production to stem high oil prices and support a weakening global economy produced a much-quoted assessment from the Saudi Oil minister, Ali...[read more]

The Golden Age of Natural Gas

June 10, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

A regular reader of this blog kindly sent me a link to the International Energy Agency's new study on global natural gas, to which he contributed. The report, entitled, "Are We Entering A Golden Age for Gas?" was launched with a press conference yesterday in London. It presents a scenario in which gas use grows rapidly due to faster...[read more]

Roundtable on China’s Energy Future

June 10, 2011 by Robert Rapier

 Just a note that this weekend I leave for an extended business trip, with visits to Seattle, Washington D.C., Germany, Massachusetts, Vermont, and California. I will be on the road for about four weeks, but will try to keep to my schedule of posting new columns on Mondays and Thursdays. Next Monday I will have a story up on Virent’...[read more]

Harnessing Variable Renewables: Where is the Beef?

June 3, 2011 by Charles Barton

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has just published a book titled "Harnessing Variable Renewables: a Guide to the Balancing Challenge." Variable renewables refers to solar and wind power generated electricity. Balancing refers to making the grid stable when solar and wind generated electricity are plugged in.In the best of all...[read more]