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News roundup (15th of January, 2012).

Highlights:  IAEA hopes for military facility access · Ontario to eliminate coal-power plants · Report says black carbon causes twice the damage it was thought before.

 

Regulation, Policy, Politics & Legal

* Feature on Iran: “U.N. nuclear watchdog eyes Iran deal, Parchin visit” [Reuters]; “Iran: Khamenei’s ban on nuclear weapons binding” [CapeCodTimes.com].

* “Egypt moves to solve power outages at Hurghada resorts” [AMEinfo].

* “Iraq to increase southern oil storage” [AMEinfo].

* “Russia, Bangladesh Ink Arms, Energy Deals” [RIA Novosti].

* “Russia’s chief auditor to check Gazprom and Rosneft” [RT, via EinNews].

* UK: “£46million boost for 132 local energy schemes” [DECC].

* “UK opposes Arctic drilling ban” [OilVoice].

* UK: “Green Investment Bank backs Shanks £750m waste infrastructure project” [BusinessGreen].

* “CCS body dismisses Labour funding cut alarm” [Utility Week].

* UK: “Hitachi nuclear reactor design to be assessed” [DECC]. Also at WNN.

* Norway: “Offers for ownership interests in APA 2012” [Norwegian Petroleum Directorate].

* “François Hollande: invest in renewable energy to avert ‘catastrophe’” [The Guardian].

* “LADWP’s just-approved solar FIT program reportedly the nation’s largest” [Smart Grid News].

* “OSHA finds 58 violations at Hoover Dam near Vegas” [San Francisco Chronicle].

* “Ontario to eliminate coal-fired power plants” [PennEnergy].

* “Court denies challenge to EPA ethanol ruling” [The Hill].

* “Nuclear bilateral for Argentina and UAE” [WNN].

* “Malaysia’s Taib family assets face Swiss freeze” [CleanBiz.Asia].

 

Analysis, opinion and reports

* “China spending props up ailing global clean energy sector” [CleanBiz.Asia].

* “French energy groups lose their momentum” [Financial Times].

* “Offshore transmission report sparks value-for-money debate” [Utility Week]. Also at The Guardian.

* “Breaking the Oil Monopoly With Renewable Fuel” [AoL Energy].

* “Mandated Ethanol-Gasoline Blending: Good or Bad?” [AoL Energy].

* “IEA Head Sees Further Decline in Crude Production Unlikely in 2013” [WSJ].

* “Seasonal oil demand behind Saudi output cut” [Financial Times].

* “Nigeria’s oil thieves say government leaves them no choice” [Yahoo!].

* “Is Shell really Arctic ready” [Financial Times].

* “Groups: Nuclear Energy Institute Is Pushing NRC To Shortchange Environmental Review Of Long-Term Radioactive Waste Storage” [Yahoo!].

* Black carbon a powerful climate pollutant: international study” [Reuters].

 

Projects, Business & Markets

* “ExxonMobil knew in 1984 MTBE would contaminate ground” [FuelFix].

* “Key Offshore Transmission Line To Be Built For U.S. East Coast Wind Power” [Yale e360].

* “Nordex hit by US and China cuts” [ReNews].

* “North Sea pipeline shit after leak found” [Financial Times].

* “Well pleased with the APA 2012 awards” [Statoil].

* “Areva and EDF defend project costs” [Financial Times].

* “German manufacturer backs away from offshore foundations” [Windpower Monthly].

* “National Grid Puts Together a Smart Grid Dream Team” [AoL Energy].

* “Siemens wins 11.5MW federal bid” [ReNews].

* “San Antonio utility signs 25-year wind power agreement” [FuelFix].

* “Solar struggles don’t deter supplier for San Antonio mega-project” [FuelFix].

* “ETI, Loughborough University, Johnson Matthey & Caterpillar launch £4.5M exhaust efficiency project” [ETI].

* “Chinese firm could replace Centrica as EDF nuclear partner” [Utility Week].

* “Project to slash cost of blades” [ReNews].

* “8GW offshore features in Belgian 100% RES plan” [Windpower Monthly].

* “Fukushima Daiichi 4 frame takes shape” [WNN].

* “Chevron set to win Lithuanian shale gas license” [Yahoo!].

* “Strabag shelves offshore wind plans” [ReNews].

* “Jordan awards $187 mln wind project to South Korea’s Kepco” [CleanBiz.Asia].

* “India’s green sector to get $2.75 bln boost from Welspun Energy ” [CleanBiz.Asia].

* Vestas: “Canadian giant in the wings” [ReNews].

* “CPS solar partner says it’s sticking with deal” [FuelFix].

* “Turbines go up at Armistead” [ReNews].

* “Marubeni eyes Hitachi 5MW model” [ReCharge News].

* “Phoenix plugs in PV plant” [ReNews].

* “State mulls Invenergy expansion” [ReNews].

* “News Summary: ConocoPhillips selling some assets” [Yahoo!].

* “La. AG’s oil spill tab nears $24M” [FuelFix].

* “Uni plans test berths in Newport” [ReNews].

* “US Oil Sands receives favourable ruling from Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining” [OilVoice].

 

Of Interest

* The Economist Arctic Summit. More information here.

News roundup (14th of January, 2012).

Highlights:  Malaysia to except crude palm oil of export taxes · More details on the UK Public Accounts committee report · New rules for US Nuclear disposal · BNEF finds decline in new reneable projects investment during 2012.

 

Regulation, Policy, Politics & Legal

* Feature on Iran: “Netanyahu conundrum faces Iranian riddle” [Reuters]; “Iran could reach key point for nuclear bomb by mid-2014: U.S. experts” [Reuters].

* “Israeli environmental groups launch protest against gas exports” [Platts].

* More details on yesterday’s announcement: “Public Accounts Committee: Ofto regime ‘heavily skewed towards investors’” [Utility Week]. The report can be read here. Also related: “Policy paper Offshore wind sector strategy: call for views” [Gov.uk]. With: “BIS calls for offshore guidance” [ReNews] and SSE response to the report can be read here.

* UK: “Energy leaders urge for greater investments in renewables and low-carbon, climate friendly projects” [DECC]. Related: “Abu Dhabi plans to spend $90 billion on projects in 2013-2017” [OilVoice].

* UK: “£125m Green Deal cashback scheme opens” [DECC].

* UK: “Labour accuses government of ‘stringing along’ CCS industry” [BusinessGreen].

* France-EDF: “Agreement on the repayment of the CSPE deficit” [EDF].

* “Spanish coal miners struggle as government subsidy payments delayed” [Platts].

* “U.S. regulators, Deutsche Bank in settlement talks in manipulation case” [FuelFix].

* “Venezuela, U.S. Start Talks to Mend Ties” [WSJ].

* “New start for US nuclear disposal” [WNN].

* US: “NRC begins Special Inspection at Susquehanna nuclear power plant” [PennEnergy].

* “China to become full member of renewable energy agency” [CleanBiz.Asia]. Related: “IRENA Sets Goal to Double Global Renewable Energy Capacity by 2030, Welcomes China to Its Ranks” [Renewable Energy World].

* “Japan turns to private sector to boost green infrastructure build out” [CleanBiz.Asia].

* “Malaysia to set crude palm oil export tax for February at zero” [Bloomberg].

* “BP relieved by latest oil spill settlement” [UPI]. Also: “Judge allows expert’s reports on ill-fated rig” [FuelFix].

 

Analysis, opinion and reports

* “The Energy-Policy Efficiency Gap: Was There Ever Support for Gasoline Taxes?” [NBER].

* “Adapting to Climate Change: The Remarkable Decline in the U.S. Temperature-Mortality Relationship over the 20th Century [NBER].

* “New investment in clean energy fell 11% in 2012” [BNEF]. Related materias: “Global trends in clean energy investment – Q4 2012 fact pack” [BNEF].

* “Nurturing UK cleantech Enterprise four steps to improve low carbon innovation” [Green Alliance].

* “UK tidal power has huge potential, say scientists” [BBC]. Also at Yale e360.

* “California is years behind on wave energy projects” [Examiner.com].

* “NREL analysis calculates value of thermal energy storage for concentrating solar power” [PennEnergy].

* “2013 Oil and Gas Market Outlook” [AoL Energy].

* “Oil Boomtowns: Plenty Of Jobs, But No Place To Live” [AoL Jobs].

* “Algeria’s shifting gas export strategy – Between policy an market constraints” [OIES].

* “Regulation & The Environment: Pondering Israel’s natural gas export policy” [The Barrel].

* “Propane gaining ground as alternative vehicle fuel” [FuelFix].

* “Poll: Europeans overwhelmingly favour renewables over shale gas” [BusinessGreen].

* “High oil-price ‘fueling US shale output’” [Financial Times].

* “Technology draws bead on hydraulic fracturing” [FuelFix].

 

Projects, Business & Markets

* “Pars Oil & Gas Company announces friendship pipeline to carry Iran’s gas to Iraq and Syria” [OilVoice].

* “EDF Energy’s nuclear power stations record best output for seven years” [EDF].

* “ARMZ to delist Uranium One” [WNN].

* “Shareholder calls for Vestas probe” [ReNews].

* “Vestas gets 42MW Uruguay order” [ReCharge News].

* “Japan hands over Himalayan solar power project” [CleanBiz.Asia].

* “China looking to connect idled wind farm capacity to grid” [CleanBiz.Asia].

* “TransCanada tasked with $5 billion pipe” [UPI].

* “Environmental approval for new Fermi unit” [WNN].

* “Alstom to provide parts and equipment for eleven gas turbines in Libya” [Alstom].

* “Lundin Petroleum spuds exploration well on the Ogna prospect in the southern North Sea” [OilVoice].

* “Fagen hits Big time in Minnesota” [ReNews].

* Vietnam: “Hydroelectric plants enjoy profit deluge” [VietNamNet].

* “Scotia Gas Networks breaks cover to accept RIIO price control” [Utility Week].

* “Ulstein wins Baltic 2 contract” [ReNews].

* “Duke completes Los Vientos wind power projects in Texas” [PennEnergy].

* “BP, Sempra’s Wind Farm Now Online” [Yahoo!].

* “Sprott makes C$500,000 loan” [ReNews].

* “IFC group backs Tanzanian wind” [ReCharge News].

* “Metso upgrades systems for 890 MW coal fired power station in India” [PennEnergy].

* “GIB lets £30.4m go to waste” [ReNews].

* “Plain sailing for Gwynt y Môr” [ReNews].

* “Samsung finds Scottish roots” [ReNews].

* “Scottish Offshore Renewable Projects Face Risks from Grid Delays” [Renewable Energy World].

* “Vattenfall hits brake at Kentish Flats” [ReNews].

* “Altairnano scores Hawaii storage deal” [ReNews].

* “Kedco bags 25MW Derry bio” [ReNews].

* “Winter storm cuts N. Dakota oil production” [UPI].

* “Pushback grounds 80MW Pantego” [ReNews].

* “Some Illinois coal plants looking to clean up” [Chicago Tribune].

* “Halliburton uses clean-burning U.S. natural gas to power a complete hydraulic fracturing fleet” [OilVoice].

* “McDermott announces $230 million deal with Pemex” [FuelFix].

* “Cuadrilla mulls future investor growth plans” [City A.M.].

* “Wintershall continues success in Norway” [OilVoice].

* “Petrobras creates program to assess potential and use of natural gas” [PennEnergy].

* Nordex: “N117/2400 makes the grade” [ReNews].

* “Multi-Junction Solar Cell to Break Efficiency Barrier?” [Science Daily].

 

Of Interest

* Oxford Energy Forum, Issue 90, November 2012 [read here].

* ”Cost-effectiveness ofCohesion Policy Investments in Energy Efficiency” [European Parliament, shared by Cornwall Energy].

News roundup (13th of January weekend, 2012).

Highlights:  Saudi Arabia plans SR$500b on power projects by 2023 · UK Parliamentary committee says costs of connecting offshore wind farms could reach £17bn · Greece to raise energy bills for households to help state energy company recover costs.

 

Regulation, Policy, Politics & Legal

* “Domestic climate laws are essential, says UN” [The Guardian].

* On Iran sanctions and talks: “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards hold exercises in Strait of Hormuz” [Reuters]; “Netanyahu denies wasting money on Iran attack plans” [Reuters].

* “Iran invests heavily in natural gas cars” [AutoBlog].

* “Saudi Arabia to spend over SR500bn on power projects by 2023” [AMEinfo].

* “Saudi Arabia moves to keep oil prices above $100” [AMEinfo].

* UK: “Plan to link offshore windfarms to grid could cost £17bn” [The Guardian]. Also at The Independent.

* “Greece raises electricity prices by up to 15 pct” [Reuters].

* “Poland Approaches 40 Shale Gas Wells” [Natural Gas Europe].

* “Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Vows Oil, Gas Exploration in All Black Sea Blocks” [Novinite].

* “Alaska Gov. Pushes FERC To Speed Review Of Hydro Project” [Law360].

* “Groups deliver comments on New York drilling” [FuelFix].

 

Analysis, opinion and reports

* “Pioneering Global Atlas for renewable energy goes online” [AMEinfo].

* “Value-for-money study examines pay at top” [Financial Times].

* “FTSE-100 chiefs offer best investor value” [Financial Times].

* “UAE power consumption braces for double digit growth by 2020, attracting $25bn investment surge” [AMEinfo].

* “Emissions limits could cut climate damage by two-thirds - study” [Reuters].

* “US scientists in fresh alert over effects of global warming” [The Guardian].

* “Australia wrestles with climate change” [Financial Times].

* “Will a New Scheme For Clean Energy Investment Break Up the Dirty Energy Stranglehold?” [AlterNet, via EinNews].

* “Kenya: Plugged in to Progress With Geothermal Energy in Kenya” [AllAfrica].

* “Arctic exploration moves at glacial pace” [Financial Times].

* “Comment: Cyprus Hydrocarbons Rights - Landing the Best Deal Possible” [Famagusta Gazette, via EinNews].

* Podcast: “Fuel oil 2012 and outlook: fundamental changes on horizon” [Platts].

* “Eagle Ford drilling fuels income surge for all, despite recession” [FuelFix].

* “‘Fracking’ success sparking talk of oil shale boom” [The Hill].

* Audio: “Coal Loses Crown As King Of Power Generation” [npr].

* “Road salt miners hit by warm US winter” [Financial Times].

 

Projects, Business & Markets

* “Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Buys Stake in Utility ACWA Power (2)” [BNEF].

* “Iberdrola rethinks on Scottish Power sale” [Financial Times].

* “Russia’s Gazprom and Sintez rush for Greek gas company” [RT, via EinNews].

* “Federal agency grants Quincy hydropower permits” [Connect Tristates].

* “Centre of Waste Management inks MoU with Masdar to develop strategic initiatives and projects” [AMEinfo].

* “Commercial flight uses fuel produced from natural gas” [FuelFix].

* “Berkley Renewables Closes Private Placement” [MarketWatch, via EinNews].

* “Dana Gas, Taqa move in opposite directions” [AMEinfo].

* “Pioneering waste plant a step closer” [Financial Times].

* “Encana CEO Eresman Retires” [WSJ].