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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    

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. The United Nations...

Posted July 23, 2014    

Origins of the Next Wave of Innovation in the Oil & Gas Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

A directional driller reviews computer monitors while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota.Future oil and natural gas production as well as exploration is expected to take place in some...

Posted July 9, 2014    

How Best to Plan Future Energy and Water Infrastructure Projects

A new World Economic Forum report on the Water-Energy Nexus explores the link between water quantity and electricity production and specifically looks into strategic considerations for energy policy-makers on how best to plan energy and water...

Posted July 4, 2014    

Richard Kauffman talks New Market-Based Energy System at New York Energy Week

Last week, the 2nd New York Energy Week (NYEW) concluded. At its closing ceremony, the esteemed Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Office of the Governor of New York, offered his thinking on a new energy system....

Posted July 1, 2014    

US to Face Profound Economic Risks from Changing Climate

The U.S. economy could face significant and regionally diverse economic risks from climate change if it continues on its current path (“business-as-usual”) without proper risk management – i.e. risk mitigation strategies – such as timely “...

Posted June 30, 2014    

Energy Security: 'Euphoria over Abundance' is Misplaced says Jason Bordoff at IAEE Conference

The highly informative and thought-provoking 2014 annual International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) International Conference came to a successful close last week in New York. The energy world, a world of disparate natural resources ...

Posted June 26, 2014    

Renewables: The 'Energy of the Future'

Recently the 37th annual International Association for Energy Economics International Conference kicked off in New York. Renewable energy is not only a hot topic in the media but also a frequent topic of discussion among experts at this year’s...

Posted June 22, 2014    

Mexico's Energy Reform Not All About the Oil and Gas Sector

This summer, the Mexican Congress is finally expected to approve the secondary legislation tied to Mexico’s energy reform. Prior to the announcement of energy sector reforms, Mexico was characterized by a very closed oil sector regime alongside a...

Posted June 20, 2014    

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

The US EPA recently unveiled its Clean Power Plan. This time it proposes carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing stationary sources; namely, electric utility generating units (EGUs). Owners or operators of fossil fuel-fired EGUs...

Posted June 18, 2014