We are taking a break!

photo Keith Bryant

Dear readers, we are taking a short break. We will be back with new articles around 10 August. Thank you very much for your interest in Energy Post, your support and your reactions. Maybe this is the time to read up on some of the hundreds of articles in our archives - or maybe you are also taking a break. We wish you all a very pleasant holiday! Karel Beckman and Matthew James, publishers. … [Read more...]

Iraq: what happened to the oil after the war?

US hands over Al Basrah oil terminal to Iraq in 2011 (photo US Forces Iraq)

Oil accounts for 99% of Iraq’s government revenue – and the country has the largest unexplored oil reserves in the world. But the future of the Iraqi oil sector is uncertain, with a National Hydrocarbon Law still awaiting parliamentary approval nine years after it was drawn up, writes Robert Smith, Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University. According to Smith, the chaos in the sector mirrors the chaos in the new state that the US … [Read more...]

Hooked!  Our addiction to fossil fuels must be fought in the way we tackled smoking and drugs 

lucky strike warning

Analysts such as those from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) see no signs of a determined move away from fossil fuels, writes energy expert and author Michael Klare. According to Klare, success in any global drive to avert climate catastrophe will involve tackling addictive behavior at its roots and promoting lasting changes in lifestyle.  To do that, it will be necessary to learn from the anti-drug and anti-tobacco communities about … [Read more...]

The days of separately managed generation, transmission and distribution are over

BedZed ecovillage in the UK (photo Tom Chance)

The days of separately managed generation, transmission and distribution are over, writes Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. According to Davis, the energy systems of the future will need to integrate the entire value chain from generation to consumption. The key to managing these increasingly complex systems is balance and flexibility. … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency in the UK: why are we walking away from it?

loft insulation photo Mike Carter-slider

For the first time in more than two decades, the UK has no energy efficiency programme for the bulk of the market, write Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). The authors note that the pace of reduction in energy demand is already slowing down and this will only get worse in the coming years. They call on the UK government tot take action: the market won’t deliver energy efficiency without incentives or … [Read more...]

The secret behind the sensational Dutch offshore wind record

offshore wind farm off the Welsh coast (photo Aaron)

Dong Energy has set a record low price for an offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. According to energy expert Mike Parr, the Dutch achieved this result thanks to their tendering model – following the Danes – offering a shovel-ready project to operators. UK wind farms are much more expensive because the UK lets operators carry out preparatory work by themselves. In any case, the future for offshore wind now looks bright. … [Read more...]

The EU’s climate plan is not enough – and everyone knows it

Miguel Arias Cañete, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Energy, at UN headquarters in New York, taking part in signature ceremony of Paris Climate Agreement, 22 April 2016 (photo Europe by Satellite)

On Wednesday the European Commission will release its plans to share out the EU's 40% by 2030 greenhouse gas target among the 28 member states. The Commission will claim its proposal is ambitious, but everyone in Brussels knows this is not true, writes Brook Riley of Friends of the Earth Europe. European policymakers need to come clean and admit the EU is not doing enough. What would help is that they stop presenting climate policy to the public … [Read more...]