and Energy Companies Obligation
The Green Deal is a new policy instrument
designed to raise the energy efficiency of some 14 million homes in the UK.
Alongside the Green Deal stands the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which is
a continuation of previous obligations on energy companies to deliver energy
efficiency measures and reduce fuel poverty.
Tackling air pollution
“The Beijing – Tianjin – Hubei region witnessed
historically high air pollution records this January,” says Huang Wei,
energy campaigner for Greenpeace East Asia. Janez Potocnik, European Union
(EU) Commissioner for the Environment, has stated that current air
pollution statistics were “simply not acceptable” while Conni Hedegaard,
his fellow Commissioner for Climate, said in the EU Parliament on 31st
January that “air quality is an important issue that should be of concern
to all of us”. It is therefore not surprising that the EU has named 2013
the Year of Air.
Energy 2.0 - The art of the possible?
Energy policymakers worldwide face the daunting task of meeting
demand for energy at an acceptable price, protecting the environment, providing energy
security and ensuring competitive markets. http://www.energyrealities.org/content/energy-20-the-art-of-the-possible/erp191852011CC6AB134
Energy Business Today
This book is an overview of the entire
energy market. It provides an in-depth
descriptions of all of the major energy commodities. Plus
geopolitical oriented discussions of how
energy decision-making affects the price, availability and politics of global and regional
markets. In addition, primers on load
forecasting, tolling agreements,natural gas storage, and
more. A practical
introduction to risk management for investors in such markets as Indonesia, Italy, UK and
"Defining the prize for CCS is the problem" -
Britain is preparing to make a 'dash for gas generation'
which may prove to be the more affordable option than renewables. "Following the government's
change in policy direction, it is now time and money that will determine whether a power plant,
equipped with viable Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, will be in operation by 2020,"
says Howard Rogers, Director, Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).
Drastic reforms are needed if Japan is to overcome its power
crisis. Proposed remedies include unbundling transmission and distribution grids from the
country's ten major region power companies so that new entrants can enter the market. But
Nicholas Newman asks if Japan is ready for such changes and will they work.
National energy leadership
requires clear policy around investment to manage risk and investment, and a healthy balance
between the market, and the consumer (taxpayer)? The question
of energy and especially its price has always been a politically sensitive issue. The question,
is whether Britain's energy policy is failing? Many would suggest that significant parts of it
already have. In fact until recently, the United Kingdom did not enjoy an overarching energy
policy framework; instead it depended on guidance from European energy policy for much of the
day-to-day implementation of operational issues. In a sense, what there was of a discernible
British energy policy was merely an incomplete jigsaw. What is certainly clear is that
successive British governments have failed to demonstrate “responsible” energy leadership.
A crisis in leadership in Japan's nuclear industry.
Failing to make the right decision is easy to do. Regrettably,
despite years of technological progress and experience, governments and energy companies continue
to make such mistakes. Nevertheless, due to the increasing scale of investment and environmental
hazards that the industry faces, the world energy leadership needs to do better than it has in the
At the GB Gas Security of Supply Seminar held on the 2
February 2012 at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering London, there were two groups, the first
the free market ideologues, who held that it was not necessary for government to intervene. That
existing efforts were unnecessary.
Current forecasts suggest that global energy consumption
will only increase by 3% in 2012, not much different from 2011. This is not surprising given the
state of the world economy. Current market figures suggest that like in 2011, the world will enjoy
a net surplus of energy capacity.
It’s not a scarcity of
oil the world should be worried about but more importantly a desperate skills shortage of
engineers. This is especially so for the global energy industry. For many jobs, the number of
vacancies exceeds the number of skilled experienced engineers that are available. Already, such
shortages are causing significant delays and costs for major projects including development of
offshore oil fields off Angola. Whilst in Brazil, the home of samba, tropical rainforests and
traffic jams, this developed county is in a desperate search for engineers to construct 12 super
tanker sized FPSO’s over the next decade. Such skills deficiencies are harming energy security,
harming economic recovery and the ability of the world to meet its ambitious CO2 targets.
A quick look at various aspects that make up the global
power generation sector, including wind, solar, nuclear, hydro and coal power station
prospects.Despite the popularity of renewable technology, development of conventional power plants
continues to grow a pace. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/World-Energy-Market-Prospects-2012.html
The surging price of oil appears to be at the root of all
our economic woes, but there may be darker days ahead.In recent months, world oil prices have
broken the $100 per barrel barrier for crude oil; it was only spring last year that the price of
crude was around the $50 a barrel mark. http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/The-high-price-of-oil.html
The Arctic is facing many threats to its environment and
including problems posed by human activities, including resource exploration and exploitation. The
trouble is many of the current Arctic environmental laws, guidance and regulations can be best
described as dysfunctional.