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Can Russia Actually Find Other Buyers If EU Moves Forward With Oil Embargo?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Can Russia Actually Find Other Buyers If EU Moves Forward With Oil Embargo?

by City A.M*

Russia is warning the EU that it will send oil supplies to other countries if the bloc enacts an oil embargo. Russia, however, may struggle to find buyers, even with significant discounts. If Moscow can’t find buyers, it could remove a massive supply of oil from the market, raising prices even higher.


Here’s What Happens if Europe Sanctions Russian Oil

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Here’s What Happens if Europe Sanctions Russian Oil

by Kate Abnett*

The European Commission has proposed a ban on Russian coal imports as part of a sweeping new package of sanctions on Moscow, and EU officials say oil could be next. The coal ban, if approved by member states, would be the European Union’s first on any energy import from Russia since it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24

A key link in the energy chain

Monday, March 28, 2022

A key link in the energy chain

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov appeared anxious during an inspection with Greek Energy Minister Konstantinos Skrekas at the construction site of the Greek section of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria pipeline in Komotini, northern Greece, on Monday. Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis had been due to accompany his Bulgarian counterpart to the site but was unable to as he remained in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. During his visit, Petkov did not fail to criticize Greece for the delays in the completion of the project within its territory.


A new impetus for gas in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Monday, March 21, 2022

A new impetus for gas in the Eastern Mediterranean?

The war in Ukraine has upended Europe’s energy security. Continuing to rely on Russian energy is no longer tolerable, even if the relationship cannot be severed overnight. As Europe looks for alternative suppliers, the Eastern Mediterranean is acquiring a new strategic significance. In times of crisis, proposals that have been stuck for years can suddenly proceed quickly. Could something similar happen now?

US pipeline withdrawal marks new chapter in Eastern Mediterranean

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

US pipeline withdrawal marks new chapter in Eastern Mediterranean

Earlier this month, the United States surprised Greece and its two primary partners in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, Israel and Cyprus, by withdrawing its backing for a natural gas pipeline that would have connected them to Europe. The American change of heart was ostensibly justified by the need to focus on clean energy sources and that this project did not align with Europe’s green energy plans.


The global Εnergy Crisis and Israel’s Opportunity

Thursday, February 3, 2022

The global Εnergy Crisis and Israel’s Opportunity

As we know, European gas markets have experienced a perfect storm where price, security of supply and environmental benefits all went haywire: The price of gas skyrocketed by hundreds of percent, security of supply fell as Asia grabbed every molecule of methane it could get its hand on, and Europe was left with a dearth of gas supplies and near-empty storage, meaning coal consumption in 2021 reached an all-time global peak.

LNG Cannot Offset Halt of Russian Gas Flows to Europe

Friday, January 28, 2022

LNG Cannot Offset Halt of Russian Gas Flows to Europe

by Ellie Holbrook*

Europe does not have enough LNG import capacity to entirely replace Russian pipeline gas supplies, should these halt or be hit by international sanctions in the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine


EU to Gut the Principle of Sustainable Taxonomy With Inclusion of Nuclear and Gas

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

EU to Gut the Principle of Sustainable Taxonomy With Inclusion of Nuclear and Gas

by Felicia Jackson*

The EU’s Sustainable Taxonomy was intended to complement the Green Deal, provide investors with certainty about the sustainability of their investments, and help channel billions into sustainable, low-carbon processes and technologies. Despite input from experts and NGOs, the inclusion of gas and nuclear power just proposed by the Commission suggests that, once again, politics is trumping science.


The 10 Best Performing Commodities Of 2021

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The 10 Best Performing Commodities Of 2021

by Alex Kimani*

Beginning in 2020 and extending into 2021, massive monetary and fiscal stimulus packages by the world's governments helped to facilitate the fastest economic recovery after the March deep slide. With factories humming again and consumers flush with cash, a broad commodity rally sputtered into life thanks to the so-called reflation trade


The Hydrogen Stream: International Alliances for Hydrogen Keep Proliferating

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Hydrogen Stream: International Alliances for Hydrogen Keep Proliferating

by Sergio Matalucci*

This week, Russia joined forces with the United Arab Emirates to develop common hydrogen projects and similar moves were made by Chile and South Korea, Japan and Australia, as well as by France and Germany. French President Emmanuel Macron announced €2 billion in new investments


Can U.S Shale Drillers Help Prevent An Energy Crunch?

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Can U.S Shale Drillers Help Prevent An Energy Crunch?

by Irina Slav*

• The EU and Asia have seen gas prices spike amid strong demand and low inventories
• That the United States is one of the world’s top producers of natural gas is what sets it apart from both Europe and Asia

World Needs to Be Realistic About Net Zero: Vakulenko

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

World Needs to Be Realistic About Net Zero: Vakulenko

AN action plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 will be the central theme of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Suggesting a roadmap for achieving net zero, the International Energy Agency (IEA) had earlier called for scrapping all new investments in oil and gas exploration and rely only on clean energy going forward


Module Durability, and Design for Recycling

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Module Durability, and Design for Recycling

by Mark Hutchins*

The International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) has published a new report offering guidelines for module manufacturers to consider recyclability of their products from the beginning, noting that with projected growth in PV over the coming decades, material shortages could become an issue, and preventing end-of-life modules from ending up in landfill should be an industry priority


Africa is Ambitious About Its Renewable Future

Friday, October 1, 2021

Africa is Ambitious About Its Renewable Future

by Haley Zaremba*

• Currently, about 600 million people living in Africa do not have access to energy at all.
• Many African nations are more focused on how to keep up with energy demands by any means than on how to keep up with demand in a climate-friendly manner.
• "There has been an 80% reduction in solar prices over the last decade, and an 85% reduction in battery prices.”


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