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Policy Proposals to Accelerate Heat Pump Deployment

Friday, September 30, 2022

Policy Proposals to Accelerate Heat Pump Deployment

by Beatriz Santos*

The Regulatory Assistance Project, a global NGO, has proposed a mix of policy recommendations to build confidence in heat pump technology. Its proposed policies include economic incentives, new regulations, R&D support, training, and promotional initiatives

Will Be Necessary to Rebalance the Oil Market

Friday, September 23, 2022

Will Be Necessary to Rebalance the Oil Market

by John Kemp*

Unused capacity in global oil production has fallen to exceptionally low levels, contributing to the intense upward pressure on prices until very recently. Restoring spare capacity to more comfortable levels will require a business-cycle downturn, which is why a recession or at least a serious slowdown is inevitable


US Energy Storage Facing Headwinds: Report

Friday, September 16, 2022

US Energy Storage Facing Headwinds: Report

by Patrick Zemanek

The US posted its strongest second quarter for grid-scale energy storage growth to date, but the sector is wrestling with fallout from supply chain and policy issues, according to a new report

Great Expectations

Friday, September 9, 2022

Great Expectations

Great Expectations, the title and message of Charles Dickens’s great novel, is most appropriate to describe the current situation in the EU where it’s leadership, once again, is demonstrating its great aspirational capacity but unable to factor in market reality.


Why is Green Energy Infrastructure Booming Despite Global Economic Woes?

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Why is Green Energy Infrastructure Booming Despite Global Economic Woes?

by Ivana Smolenova*

The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout have had a variety of impacts on the clean energy transition, with some sectors being more affected than others. Earlier this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned of slowed progress towards sustainable energy goals due to Covid-19 and reversed progress in many areas crucial in reaching net zero, such as energy efficiency, clean cooking, or access to electricity


Russia Sanctions: Can the World Cope Without its Oil and Gas?

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Russia Sanctions: Can the World Cope Without its Oil and Gas?

by Jake Horton & Daniele Palumbo

Ukraine says Russia is waging a "gas war" against Europe, by once again reducing supplies into Germany. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Western countries have sanctioned Russian oil and gas, prompting warnings of retaliation from Moscow


A Possible G7 Price Cap on Russian Oil: Issues at Stake

Friday, July 15, 2022

A Possible G7 Price Cap on Russian Oil: Issues at Stake

by Klaas Lenaerts, Simone Tagliapietra, Georg Zachmann*

At the 26-28 June G7 summit in Bavaria, leaders said they would consider a price cap on Russian oil, to cut Putin’s oil rent while minimising the negative impacts on the global economy. This blog post discusses this proposal and how it might work, notably to help understand whether this could improve the current western embargo regime


Rays of Solar Hope for Europe: A Midsummer Reflection

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Rays of Solar Hope for Europe: A Midsummer Reflection

by Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SOLARPOWER Europe*

For centuries, cultures in Europe have marked their calendars to celebrate Midsummer and the Summer Solstice. Traditionally a time to enjoy bright evenings, and the light and hope of the sun, the Summer Solstice falls on June 21


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


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