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Oil

A New International Energy Charter fit for the 21st Century

June 2, 2015

Howard Chase, Director of Government Affairs for Dow Europe and Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Energy Charter.
In 1991 when the European Energy Charter was first ... More

The budding Chinese-Polish shale cooperation

December 17, 2014

Chinese shale determination
In only a few years China has become the third country extracting shale gas in commercial quantities. According to the Chinese news service Xinhua, ... More

Innovations boost EU bioliquids

February 20, 2013

Successful research and experimentation to improve technologies for converting the many forms of biomass feedstock into usable fuels is opening the floodgates for the biomass energy industry to produce ... More

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Gas

A New International Energy Charter fit for the 21st Century

June 2, 2015

Howard Chase, Director of Government Affairs for Dow Europe and Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Energy Charter.
In 1991 when the European Energy Charter was first ... More

The budding Chinese-Polish shale cooperation

December 17, 2014

Chinese shale determination
In only a few years China has become the third country extracting shale gas in commercial quantities. According to the Chinese news service Xinhua, ... More

Fracking may leak away emissions benefits

January 4, 2013

Natural gas is mostly comprised of methane, which has a global warming potential of up to 100 times that of carbon dioxide over two decades, but due to the shorter lifespan of methane in the atmosphere ... More

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Electricity

Drax displays good foresight

October 25, 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates that by 2020 at least one third of renewable electricity production in the UK could be derived from sustainable biomass feedstock. Demand for biomass ... More

France plans to move to progressive prices for electricity, gas, and water

September 10, 2012

Although more specific information has not been released, the aim is to have three distinct thresholds of tariffs, calculated by the kilowatt-hour, that progressively increase with volume. The tariffs ... More

Centrica continues its acquisition strategy outside Europe

July 26, 2012

The acquisitions of Energetix and NYSEG Solutions are just the latest in a flurry of M&A activity at Centrica, the parent company of British Gas in the UK. Indeed, in March 2011, Centrica acquired ... More

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Nuclear, Solar, Wind

UK nuclear future buoyed by possible bid for Horizon

July 18, 2012

French group Areva and the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) are set to put in a GBP15bn ($24bn) joint bid for the Horizon project, which is a joint venture between E.ON and RWE. In March ... More

UK: nuclear future remains in doubt

December 2, 2011

Datamonitor believes there is significant doubt concerning the construction of all eight proposed new power stations in the UK. This is despite the July 2011 UK government White Paper highlighting nuclear ... More

Global intermittency issues could be alleviated within the decade

November 21, 2011

Intermittency is one of the main problems associated with wind and solar power. For example, during the cold spell over Christmas 2010, almost all the UK's 3,000 wind turbines stood still. However, intermittency ... More

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