Why Shell can’t quit the Arctic

Ben van Beurden (photo Shell)

Despite the damage to its reputation, Shell insists on continuing its controversial Arctic campaign. The company says that the world needs the oil and gas resources of the Arctic. But according to Energy Post’s editor-in-chief Karel Beckman, it’s really Shell itself that needs those resources. … [Read more...]

viEUws VIDEO: Brussels Briefing on Energy – All you need to know for May & June

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In this Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws.eu, journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest EU energy policy developments, including the competition investigation into capacity markets and the meeting of the G7 energy ministers in Hamburg. He also looks ahead to the agenda for June. … [Read more...]

EU climate policy: time to come down to earth

Press Conference by Miguel Arias Cañete Commissioner for Climate  for Climate Action and Energy, with Francesco La Camera, representative of the European Union, at Climate Conference Lima 2014 (EU/AFP/Sebastian Castañeda)

For many years, the EU pursued the strategy of ‘leading by example’ in international climate negotiations. However, since the Copenhagen climate summit, frictions inside the EU and a paradigm shift have become increasingly evident, write Severin Fischer and Oliver Geden of the influential German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). With the October 2014 compromise in the European Council on a new climate framework for 2030, the … [Read more...]

Demand response markets in Europe begin to blossom

ArcelorMittal steel mill in Belgium (photo JMHNK)

Demand response markets are taking off in Europe, writes Jeff St John of the US energy website Greentech Media. For example, Belgian demand response specialist REstore, with more than 1 GW of peak load under management from large industrial customers, is set to expand into the UK and France. Pieter-Jan Mermans of REstore explains his strategy and tells why Germany is such a difficult market. Article courtesy of Greentech Media. … [Read more...]

Hydropower’s big splash – Word Energy Council projects decades of strong growth

photo: International Hydropower Association (IHA)

The global hydroelectric power market, which already represents 76% of all renewable global energy, has the potential to double to 2,000GW capacity by 2050 according to a new report from the World Energy Council, ‘Charting The Upsurge In Hydropower Development’, presented today in Beijing. This doubling could be achieved even earlier, if governments and multilateral banks give help to emerging economies where hydropower resources are … [Read more...]