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News Roundup (26th of July, 2011).

-Policies & Regulation-

* US Energy Department: “U.S. Department of Energy and India Partner to Advance Accelerator and Particle Detector Research and Development” [Here].

* Kenya weighs on imposing solar as the energy sources are hitting a limit [Here].

* India to set and independent National Environment Appraisal and Monitoring Authority [Here].

 

-Analysis & Opinion-

* Canada’s support to the renewable energy industry [Here].

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Business & Projects-

* ASW III new water floating device generates electricity with the surface waves.  [Here].

* BP earns profits, contrasting with 2010 losses, but production has decreased [Here]. Related: The Economist Money Talk entre “why BP should be broken up” [Here]

* TEPCO will purchase less oil than expected, after the prospects of mild weather settling in Japan [Here]. Related: France and Benelux energy prices fall too as mild weather settles [Here]

 

 -Other-

* EDF discloses information to foster trust to nuclear energy [Here, via Centrica].

* UK: Three key speeches from the Department of Energy and Climate change secretary, Chris Huhne [Here].

News Roundup (11th of July, 2011)

-Policies & Regulation-

* Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard plans to implement a tax of $24 per ton of carbon dioxide. The tax, that is yet to be approved by the parliament,  will rise for by 2,5% per year until 2015. Industry remains unfazed [Here].

* The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start a public review of regulations, following Obama’s executive order that seeks to design a comprehensive, smart and cost-effective regulatory framework [Here].

* France’s considered the scenario of leaving nuclear power by 2050 in an energy policy study [Here].

* RWE and Gazprom possible transactions to be watched closely by Germany’s Cartel Office [Here].

* US Congress can still approve the new energy efficiency standards [Here] Note: Also in the article are comments on the US gas industry infrastructure needs and the recent EPA regulations and budget restriction.

* ”The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has launched consultation on an Environmental Assessment of renewable energy leases offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia” [more Here].

 

-Analysis & Opinion-

* UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne advocates for the need of last week’s rise in energy prices, explain its cause [Here & Here]. Though some argue that he’s downplaying some factors [Here]

* Andrew Skumanich, CEO of Solar Vision, on the potential advantages and challenges of the solar power industry in the US [Here].

* Carbon Trust analysis says that marine energy costs will lower to £0.30–£0.40/Kwh by 2025 [Here].

* Perceived risks in Gazprom’s inflexible gas pricing concerning the company’s exports to Europe [Here].

* China and Developing world’s green investment beats Europe’s [Here].

* IEA oil stock release’s effects [Here]

-Business & Projects-

* Siemens Company in Charlotte worried about the availability of qualified workers in the future [Here]

* GDF Suez and Gazprom talk about cooperation, long-term contracts and the Nord Stream pipeline, amidst the current gas markets and the Fukushima backslash on nuclear in the EU [Here].

* Rich Hessler Solar Business Development Customers report Q2 2011 results [Here].

* Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion project in Hawaii [Here].

* Phase 1 of Walney (UK) offshore wind farm operational [Here].

* UK’s E.On fixed tariffs plan [Here].

-Other-

* “Ukraine’s third president Viktor Yuschenko suspects that Russia intercepted his conversations with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on the gas supply crisis in 2009  [More Here].

* Platt’s Energy Bulletin [Here].

* Brookings event, Wednesday 9AM (GMT+7): “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment.” [Here].

* USwitch tips for UK costumers to counter price rises [Here].