Monthly Archives: January 2014

OPEC crude oil production capacity

OPEC crude oil production spare capacity stood at just over 5 million barrels per day (Mbpd) in December 2013 according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). OPEC total production capacity stands at 35 Mbpd, a plateau level first reached in 2009. Continue reading

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Solar influence on glaciation in Greenland

In the GISP2 ice core, Greenland summit, Dansgaard – Oescheger (D-O) warm events 2 to 8 are all associated with low 10Be events most likely caused by active solar magnetic activity. The simplest explanation is that warm D-O events are caused by an active Sun. Continue reading

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Blowout week 4

25 news stories from last week covering Iraq, oil supplies and renewables. Continue reading

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European gas security

The loss of 14 bcm/y Dutch gas production adds to Europe’s energy supply / energy security woes. Pending decline of Norwegian gas production will make the energy security situation worse. Continue reading

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Fuel poverty in the UK

Fuel poverty has got worse in the UK since 2003, in part due to higher international energy prices and in part due to misguided energy policies. A series of cold winters since 2009 has made matters worse offset in part by improved energy efficiency of the housing stock. Continue reading

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Blowout week 3

32 news stories from the last week covering climate change, nuclear, renewables, shale, energy security and the Middle east Continue reading

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Excess Winter Deaths in England and Wales

In conclusion, our society has become wealthier, healthier and older without us noticing. There are many good reasons to criticise government policy, but excess winter deaths does not seem to be one of them. Continue reading

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The Arab Spring – Impact on Oil Production

Oil production has fallen by over 2 million barrels per day in five MENA countries (Libya, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Sudan) affected by violence stemming from the Arab Spring that began with riots in Tunisia in December 2010. Continue reading

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Clive Best – written submission to ECC select committee on AR5

This is a cross posting from Clive Best detailing the written submission he made to the Energy and Climate Change (ECC) select committee on the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5) that was published last year (the link provides access to … Continue reading

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Blowout week 2

UK: The wrecking of UK electricity generating infrastructure by Green UK and European legislation continues to dominate. Europe: Germany continues to fret about Energiewende and in Greenspeak 21% is now a majority. Continue reading

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BRICK oil production update Sep 2013

In September 2013 oil production in the BRICK countries was 19.4 million barrels per day (Mbpd) representing 22% of the global total. In this group, demand growth is outstripping supply growth and the group seems set to become a significant net importer of oil in the years ahead. Continue reading

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Correlated wind and incoherent energy policy

When the wind blows it is common for it to blow everywhere at once in Europe. When the wind doesn’t blow, it is common for it to be calm everywhere at once in Europe. No amount of electricity grid interconnection can solve this problem. Continue reading

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The Primary Energy Tale of Two Continents

European leaders and policy makers need to understand one simple point. There is an urgent need for the continent to produce vast amounts of new primary energy. Continue reading

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Blowout week1

News roundup from Energy Matters: Extreme cold weather affects Canada and USA; extreme hot weather affects Australia; Iraq continues descent towards civil war. Continue reading

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Global Oil Supply Update July 2013

Global conventional crude oil and condensate production has been following a bumpy plateau just over 73 million barrels per day since May 2005. All growth in liquids supply since May 2005 has come from natural gas liquids, unconventional oil and biofuels… Continue reading

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