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USA proposes “Clean Coal Alliance” at climate talks

USA proposes “Clean Coal Alliance” at climate talks

The US delegation at the COP23 climate talks last month promoted the use of new technologies that improve efficiency and reduce emissions from coal and other fossil fuels as part of the solution to climate change. The US administration is pushing for an international “clean coal alliance” that would share […]

Asia turns to North America for oil following OPEC cuts

Asia turns to North America for oil following OPEC cuts

Oil refiners in Asia have reacted to OPEC and Russia’s decision to extend production cuts by placing orders with regions in North America that are not effected by last week’s decision. This is the first sign that the output curb designed to tighten levels of reserves and maintain an oil […]

Renewables at risk in Scotland

Renewables at risk in Scotland

Scotland may have to look towards an energy mix focused on the use of fossil fuels, as its renewable industry is left exposed to Brexit and Treasury cuts to green subsidies. The growth of the sector is heavily dependent on government support. However, as the UK Treasury cut green subsidies […]

Scotland ready for large-scale CCS, but funding needed

Scotland ready for large-scale CCS, but funding needed

Scotland is set to build Europe’s first large scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility, according to a leading academic. The CO2 collected from power stations would be pumped through existing pipelines into reservoirs beneath the North Sea, preventing it from entering the atmosphere. The scheme was proposed by Scottish […]

UK academic: reliance on nuclear would be “reckless”

UK academic: reliance on nuclear would be “reckless”

Professor Steve Thomas, a well-known energy economist in the UK, has joined calls to cancel the Hinkley Point nuclear programme. The UK government first announced its plan to build five nuclear generators as part of its nuclear expansion programme in 2006. The generating stations, one of which would be Hinkley, would […]

America’s largest coal power plant to remain open until at least 2019

America’s largest coal power plant to remain open until at least 2019

Navajo Generating Station (NGS), has achieved the approval needed to continue operating through to 2019, with work continuing to extend its lifespan even further. It was announced on Wednesday that the largest coal power plant in the US, which had planned to close this year, will remain open until 2019 […]

Russia and OPEC oil cuts extended

Russia and OPEC oil cuts extended

The world’s largest producers of oil have agreed to extend oil production cuts until the end of 2018 in order to reduce stockpiles and keep prices above $60 a barrel. A collection of 24 countries, led by Russia and Saudi Arabia, both inside and outside of the OPEC bloc agreed […]

Nebraska approves Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska approves Keystone XL pipeline

Last week the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the construction of an oil pipeline that will provide an alternative route for Keystone XL. The 1,900km pipeline that was first proposed by Canadian energy giant, TransCanada Corp, could carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil each day from the Alberta tar […]