-Policies & Regulation-
* Zimbabwe awarded a license a company to build a 2.000 megawatt thermal power. The company that remained unnamed will begin works in 2014. The cost of the project is US$3B [via EinNews].
* “Nordic Environment Finance Corporation Carbon Fund (NeCF) has closed deals to buy 4.6 million U.N.-backed carbon credits from 10 clean energy projects in India and southeast Asia” [new via Reuters].
* US government to invest US$510m in the development of advanced biofuels for the aviation and maritime sector [via Platts].
* “California fracking legislation appears poised for final passage” [complete article at Platts]
-Analysis & Opinion-
* The shale gas issue in Pittsburgh seen from the local perspective: no consensus have been reached amongst the incumbents [via The Barrel].
* Putting renewables into perspective in the US leads to believe it has more opportunities than Nuclear [via GreenEconomyPost].
* The US Energy Information Administration data on Electric generating capacity additions in the first half of 2011 [via EIA]. Platt’s analysts’ survey of the data released by the US EIA: “data will show a build in natural gas stocks of 45 to 49 Bcf” [via Platts].
* An explanation on the Intercontinental Exchange and NYMEX parent company CME Group dispute regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s proposal [via The Barrel].
* Japanese Bill requiring energy companies to buya percentage of energy from renewable sources has popular approval, but the right balance must be struck [via Maichini Daily News].
* Energy demand in New Zealand rose to an all time high this winter. The peak demand reached 7048MW last Monday [via EinNews].
* The Centre for Global Energy Studies analysis on the causes behind the upheaval of oil prices this August [via CGES].
* A piece on the forgotten potential of thermal energy [via AOL].
* India and Iran problem over payments for imports of Iranian crude into India lead to trade troubles. [Plats’ Petrochemical Reaction].
* “Will Natural Gas remain cheap for 10-20 years?” An article on the prospects of the risks of relying in natural gas [via The Energy Collective].
* Solar Power is reaching parity with coal fuel prices in New South Wales [via Sydney Morning Herald].
* Renewable Energy World presents a comprehensive review of renewables storage methods [via Renewable Energy World].
* The “big six” UK Energy Companies are being the focus of policies and regulation after price rise and marketing strategies [via Financial Times].
-Business & Projects-
* Shell, GDF Suez join other European companies that are currently renegotiating gas prices with Gazprom [via EinNews]. Related: Gazprom delegation meets with Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs, discusses exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing, marketing and generation and marketing of heat and electric power. [via EinNews]
* ”China Petrochemical Corporation, or Sinopec Group, is open to the idea of liberalizing the domestic crude oil market and competition from independent refineries” [complete article in Platts]
* JinkoSolar Co. showed positive Q2 2011 results [via Reuters]. Related analysis: US Solar industry is facing tough competition form China[via WSJ]. Also: Vestas quarterly results exceed expectations, despite outlook [via EinNews & Utility Week].
* International Petroleum Limited discovered a second oilfield at its Krasnoleninskiy Project in Western Siberia. The oilfield is expected to yield 419-508 barrels per day [via OilVoice].
* Japan joins the EU on complain against Ontario’s Feed-In Tariffs in front of the OECD [via EinNews]
* Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will be connected to Iran’s national grid by the end of August. [via EinNews].
* TEPCO’s 7 MW Ukishima Solar Power Plant has commenced operation [via RenewableEnergyFocus].
* “Anadarko, ExxonMobil see 2014 start at Lucius in Gulf of Mexico” [Platts’ article].
* Shell and Australian LNG [via EinNews]
* Information on Denmark’s energy sector article: “Denmark Shows its Green pragmatism” [via CNET].
* Energy Live News market report [watch here]
* US EIA Weekly petroleum status report[via EIA].
-Policies & Regulation-
* US Department of Energy awarded nearly US$175m for R&D in fuel efficiency. The sum will be shared by 40 advanced-vehicle research and development projects [via Platts].
* US government asked to step in the Marcellus shale gas’ fracking lawsuit [via Bloomberg].
* US Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board report [via Michael Levi, link here]. A summary can be found at PennEnergy. Related: Criticisms on the study over biased positions [viaPlatts].
* US releases 14.2 million barrels [via Platts].
* Japan’s Diet reached an agreement over Renewable Energy Bill, signaling Naoto Kan’s moment to step down [via Reuters].
* Tenne T plans to add 14GW to Netherland’s power capacity by 2018. The reason behind this Netherland’s grid expansion with other country’s [via Platts].
* US Army to invest US$7.1 in order to achieve the aim of getting 25% from renewables by 2025 [via Platts].
-Analysis & Opinion-
* IEA says 2012’s oil demand will increase [via The Barrel]
* Keith Schaefer’s analysis on gas investment options in North America [link here].
* MIT research says Natural Gas use and change to fertilizers have aid to reduce methane levels in the atmosphere [via Reuters].
* The Barrel: “Petrodollars: New wave of E&P mergers afoot? Just maybe…” [link here].
* Natural Gas role in the future of renewable energies [via VisionOfEarth].
* Platts’ Oil Podcast on the downgrade, the financial markets unrest and the incidence on oil prices [listen Here]. Also: IEA’s take on the plunge of oil prices [link to IEA] and Risk.net perspective, and the US market analysis for August 11 [via Platts].
-Business & Projects-
* Duke Energy asked Kentucky’s Public Service Commission for a two-week extension to answer the authority’s merger order [via Platts].
* After Q2 Review losses, Germany’s policy impact and others, E.On is considering cutting 9.000 to 11.000 jobs [via PennEnergy].
* RWE to sell power station after the profits fall [via Utility Week]
* UK successfully tests a well capping device to prevent oil spills like that of 2010 [via Energy Live News].
* India’s GAIL annual report and announcements. [via Platts].
* Australia’s Macarthur Coal bidders [via Platts].
* “GDF Suez signs financing MoU with China’s ICBC bank” [via platts].
* Gazprom finishing Prirazlomnaya platform construction [via EinNews]
* The Oil & Gas Financial Journal newsletter [link here].
* A Research Report on India’s Wind Power Market [via SacBee].