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US Energy Secretary signals carbon capture future

US Energy Secretary signals carbon capture future

Ahead of the US elections next week, the United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has signalled the country must use carbon capture and storage technologies.  The interview follows news that the world’s largest carbon capture and storage plant is to come online by the end of the year. The Petra […]

Batteries aren’t the answer

Batteries aren’t the answer

Every time you turn on a light that power has to be generated in real time, because electricity can’t be stored in large quantities. This is one of the main drawbacks of renewables: often they can’t generate the power needed because the sun isn’t shining isn’t or the wind isn’t blowing. […]

Canada captures 800,000 tonnes of CO2 from the air

Canada captures 800,000 tonnes of CO2 from the air

According to the latest IEA figures, coal produces 41% of global electricity production. The figures also state that coal-generated electricity will increase by 24% over the next 25 years. Given this, countries continue investing in coal-fired power as part of their energy mix but are taking action to mitigate emissions. The […]

Hydro dries up in Brazil, China steps in

Hydro dries up in Brazil, China steps in

Brazil is in the grips of a two-year long drought with some city reservoirs below 7% supply. The impact is being felt across industries especially the energy sector. Hydropower supplies 66 per cent of the country’s energy capacity, and with rains absent a reliable electricity supply is at serious risk.  […]

French election 2016: the frontier of Europe’s energy debate

French election 2016: the frontier of Europe’s energy debate

In three weeks, members of France’s centre-right Les Republicains party will choose their candidate for the 2017 presidential election – one frontrunner is former President Nicolas Sarkozy. Energy has played a central role in the debate over the Government’s record. Plans for a carbon tax were scrapped at the last […]

FT exposes the myth of ‘green jobs’

FT exposes the myth of ‘green jobs’

There was a good piece by the FT’s Jonathan Ford over the weekend, looking at the so-called ‘green jobs’ argument: the idea that renewable subsidies pay for themselves in terms of increased employment in the renewables industry. It’s an argument that investors should treat with caution, for a number of […]

Investors shun the UK renewables sector

Investors shun the UK renewables sector

The UK renewables sector is losing its investment appeal, according to a key market index. EY’s table of the world’s most attractive energy markets has seen the UK fall to an all-time low, just behind Morocco.  Reasons for the fall include uncertainty over Brexit and a shift in the country’s […]