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Will Floating LNG Mark a Crucial Milestone in Future Offshore Global Gas Development? 

Back in 2011, Shell took the final investment decision (FID) on its Prelude FLNG project and started having a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal built in South Korea in order to produce and export LNG from the so-called Browse Basin,...

Posted September 17, 2014    

Data Avalanche and the 'Great Crew Change' in the Oil and Gas Industry

In an August article for McKinsey Insights the authors – Stefano Martinotti, Jim Nolten, and Jens Arne Steinsbø – write that “the rapid progress of technology such as big data and analytics, sensors, and control systems offers oil and gas companies...

Posted September 11, 2014    

Pioneers in 2015: Companies in the Energy and Clean Tech Space

Out of hundreds of submitted applications the World Economic Forum selects each year about 30 companies in what is a rigorous process. “Since 2000, around 600 innovative companies [see here] from five continents have been selected as Technology...

Posted September 2, 2014    

Climate Change-Related Risks and Costs Exist Today

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) states on its homepage that it “provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information – holding the largest collection globally of primary...

Posted August 25, 2014    

The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade. Most...

Posted August 22, 2014    

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

A new ‘Zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first...

Posted August 21, 2014    

Emissions Reduction: Siemens to Test eHighway Concept for Heavy-Duty Trucks in California

Germany’s Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, appears to have received approval from California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), one of five units within the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to built a...

Posted August 11, 2014    

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

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...

Posted August 7, 2014    

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

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 et cetera. Conceivably, a severe...

Posted August 5, 2014    

Japan's Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist’ Constitution and to allow finally for...

Posted July 31, 2014    

New Report on EPA's Carbon Rule: States Have the Power to Contain Costs, Maximize Benefits

In June 2014, the EPA released its proposed carbon emissions rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. This so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ proposed a regulatory framework that mandates US power plants reduce GHG...

Posted July 28, 2014    

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption'

Photo Credit: Jared Anderson/Breaking EnergyMaria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) spoke last week at the two-day Energy Information Administration (EIA) conference in Washington, D.C. expressing her view...

Posted July 25, 2014