Monthly Archives: June 2014

The balancing capacity issue: A ticking time-bomb under the UK’s Energiewende

Since 2006 I have claimed that the perfect dispatchable unit for balancing purposes has not yet been invented. Continue reading

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Blowout week 26

Iraq is finished,” he said. “Maliki is nothing. Baghdad is finished. Now there will only be a Shiite-stan, Sunni-stan and Kurdistan. Continue reading

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ISIS, Iraq, Kurdistan and the control of Oil

The recent capture of Kirkuk by the Peshmerga gives a clear sign of Kurdish intentions. The area is of immense regional importance, not just for its oil reserves and production but for its pipelines that cross into Turkey at a very narrow point of mutual Iraq – Turkey border. If the Kurds expand into the grey area, that is after all populated by Kurds that will welcome the Peshmerga with open arms, then Kurdistan will shortly control most of the oil and all of the export infrastructure of northern Iraq. Continue reading

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Site News

Energy Matters has just changed to a new host. The site was copied by the new host on 24 th June and activated there on 26 th June. The activation process is not instantaneous everywhere, was initiated at 11:00 am … Continue reading

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The New Global Dictator

I wish to make clear at the outset that I am not against renewable energy per se but wish to draw attention to the fact that there is no such thing as a free lunch in the energy world. Renewables are all too often and naively presented as clean, green, free energy. In many cases the exact opposite is true. Continue reading

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Blowout week 25

A crazy set of stories this week: the evolving and confusing situation in Iraq; the  Ukraine – Russia – Europe gas crisis that is hand made in Ukraine; global warming doctrine continues to unravel; the fantasy worlds of UK and … Continue reading

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Estimating Global Solar PV Load Factors

The scatter around the mean (red line) can be attributed to differences in the type and quality of the installation – tracking arrays, optimally-aligned fixed panels, non-optimally aligned fixed panels etc. and to variations in cloudiness between countries/regions at the same latitude. Continue reading

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Russia Ukraine Gas War

These very low prices would allow Kiev to buy more gas than it needs for domestic uses, and sell the rest to downstream gas consumers in Europe at a minimum of $400 – $450 per kcm. Continue reading

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Global Energy Trends – BP Statistical Review 2014

In 2003, FF accounted for 87% of global primary energy consumption. In 2013, FF accounted for 87% of global primary energy consumption. This is testimony to the absolute failure of energy policies aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. Continue reading

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MENA War Fever and the Iraq Oil Price Spike

Sunni terrorists active in Sunni-majority regions therefore only have a potential spoiler role in the absence of airborne and long-distance surface attack on oil production infrastructures, for example by making pipeline and refinery attacks. Continue reading

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Blowout week 24

“The usual western media branding of “terrorism” or “sectarian violence” no longer applies to the actions of ISIL in Iraq. A force capable of withstanding and win an urban battle in a city of over 1 million inhabitants is not a terrorist group, not even a guerilla, it is an army, fighting a conventional war.” Luis de Sousa Continue reading

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Germany’s ‘Energiewende’ as a model for Australian climate policy?

Guest Post by Graham Palmer. Graham recently published the book “Energy in Australia: Peak Oil, Solar Power, and Asia’s Economic Growth” (“Springer Briefs in Energy” series). Cross posted from Bravenewclimate GERMANY’S ENERGIEWENDE AS A MODEL FOR AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE POLICY? A CRITICAL REVIEW. Graham Palmer, June … Continue reading

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China – the coal monster

In 2012 China consumed 50.4% of all coal produced on Earth. Most, but not all of that coal was produced in China, mainly from deep underground mines. Like Europe and the USA before it, China’s industrial revolution has been founded on coal that accounts for 68% of all energy consumed. Continue reading

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Blowout week 23 – bumper issue

In this bumper Blowout with 36 articles the main theme (if there is one) is Europe backtracking on failed policies and pursuing the America fracking dream while America decides to throw itself off the European energy cliff into the abyss of low carbon high cost electricity generation. Continue reading

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The temperature forecasting record of the IPCC

24 years have past and billions of dollars spent and absolutely nothing has been learned! The wool has been pulled over the eyes of policy makers, governments and the public to the extent of total brain washing. Trillions of dollars have been misallocated on energy infrastructure that will ultimately lead to widespread misery among millions. Continue reading

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Hansen makes the case for nuclear power

And so there you have it, absent cheap, energy efficient grid-scale storage, renewables are locking low carbon nuclear out of the equation whilst locking FF in. Continue reading

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Blowout week 22 – abridged and late

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? Continue reading

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