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Coal to play a part in Australia’s energy mix – Minister

Coal to play a part in Australia’s energy mix – Minister

The Australian energy minister has said high efficiency, low emission coal power has a role to play in Australia’s future energy mix. Josh Frydenberg, the minister, is in favour of a technology neutral approach to energy, saying: “Certainly existing and new coal does have a role to play in our […]

BRIDGWATER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  A mass of electricity pylons are seen from Hinkley Point nuclear power station near Bridgwater on November 12, 2013 in Somerset, England.  EDF, who last month announced it was to construct a new plant at Hinkley Point after reaching a deal with the U.K. government, said today that energy bills will rise by 3.9 percent on average.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Criticism of UK government energy review intensifies

A UK energy review has been criticised as “rushed”. A member of a panel which will assist the director, Professor Dieter Helm, has also criticised the review. The member of the panel said: “As I understand it, we are a sort of challenge panel, Dieter writes the report and we’re […]

A TV camera is seen outside the headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, May 25, 2017.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Overall OPEC production increase

Overall output from OPEC nations continues to rise. OPEC nations exempt from agreed production cuts have caused the overall level of production in the OPEC-14 to increase. The OPEC nations have agreed to cut production and subsequently agreed to extend production cuts. The aim of the cuts has been to […]

US to work to ensure economic growth and energy security for developing countries

US to work to ensure economic growth and energy security for developing countries

Leaked documents from the office of the US secretary of state have said that “there are no plans” for the US to re-enter the Paris Agreement. The document also says that the US supports a “balanced approach to climate policy that reduces emissions while promoting economic growth and energy security.” […]

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US becomes net exporter of natural gas

The US has become a net exporter of natural gas. In three out of the first five months in 2017 the US was a net exporter of natural gas according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Since 1958 the US has been a net importer of natural gas. President Trump […]

Influential US energy committee returns to full function

Influential US energy committee returns to full function

A quorum has been created on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The FERC has not had a quorum since February this year. It has been unable to authorise construction of new energy projects. The two appointments are Neil Chatterjee, senior energy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

Oil key to Venezuela situation

Oil key to Venezuela situation

The worsening political situation in Venezuela could have dire consequences for both the country and the oil markets. The political situation in Venezuela shows no sign of abating, with questions being asked as to whether the attempted military rebellion over the weekend will be the first of many. The country […]

The U.S. Capitol building is seen Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Washington. The six Democrats and six Republicans on the Supercommittee, as it's familiarly called, have until next Wednesday, Nov. 23, to come together on a deficit reduction plan. Otherwise Congress faces a stark alternative: allow payroll tax cuts and jobless aid for millions to expire or extend them and increase the nation's $15 trillion debt by at least $160 billion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US legislators introduce carbon capture bills

US members of Congress and the House are introducing legislation to promote carbon capture and sequestration. Senators and members of Congress have introduced companion bills to change IRS guidelines to align with relevant EPA regulations to pave the way for carbon capture projects to claim tax credits. Carbon capture and […]