Oil Price Rise Sees Increase in Suez Canal Traffic

Oil prices tumbled below $30 a barrel on Friday, with daily losses rivaling their biggest of the winter as flailing Chinese markets and the soon-coming increase of Iranian exports adds to concerns that the global glut will linger. [WSJ] The ongoing methane leak from an underground reservoir run by SoCalGas has spurred a new search… Keep reading →

Air Pollution Attacks Beijing Again

China will reduce emissions of major pollutants in the power sector by 60% by 2020, its cabinet announced today. [The Guardian] Abengoa, the Spanish renewable energy firm with a solar plant in Arizona, could soon become Spain’s biggest bankruptcy case of all time after the company failed to sign a new investor. [NPR] African heads… Keep reading →

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

China’s economic slowdown and the government’s pledges to use more renewable and nuclear is making the country’s existing coal plants unnecessary. [The NY Times] Critics of Michigan’s clean energy plan say the proposed polices will reflect closer to 5 rather than 30 percent in actual new renewable energy. [M Live] The World Energy Report 2015 predicts… Keep reading →

Photo from the White House.

The U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the United States and Indonesia will partner to promote clean energy technologies and policies to help meet Indonesia’s growing energy demands. [White House Press Release] The United States has installed 40.7 megawatts of energy storage projects in homes, businesses and utilities in the second quarter of this year, nine times more than… Keep reading →

Apple Reports Quarterly Earnings

Apple is cleaning up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by the factories that have assembled hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads. [ABC] Oil prices rose above $48 a barrel on Thursday, propelled by technical buying and investors re-evaluating U.S. data that showed falling stockpiles of fuel and higher crude… Keep reading →

Google Reports Quarterly Earnings

  Google has announced its newest investment in a wind power project in Kenya that, when completed, will be Africa’s biggest wind farm. [The Washington Post] The blowout of an oil well in White Earth, North Dakota over the weekend remains uncontrolled as the State Health Department’s new spill investigation team is on scene. [Bismarck Tribune]… Keep reading →

Olympic Green Ready For Games

The former chief of China’s biggest oil firm has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for accepting bribes. [BBC] Around 70% of Americans believe in the science behind global warming – the highest level of acceptance in the US since 2008, according to a new survey. [The Guardian] Global oil prices have bottomed out… Keep reading →

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

  The numbers are in dispute.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration just released data showing that China’s coal consumption grew less than 2 percent in 2012 and 2013 and then flatlined in 2014. China’s declining coal consumption has also been logged by the International Energy Agency, which reported earlier this year that carbon dioxide emissions… Keep reading →

Demand For Natural Gas

The world’s leading developing nations are spending up to $200bn a year subsidising fossil fuels, according to a report from the OECD. [The Guardian] 100 percent renewable energy is achievable by 2050, according to Greenpeace’s latest Energy Revolution report. [EcoWatch] The British government said on Monday that it would provide $3.1 billion in state aid for… Keep reading →


The idea of large scale batteries or battery packs could help out the grid itself by storing large amounts of solar energy for use at night appears to be edging closer to reality with strong corporate backing. [Washington Post] After a nine-month legal battle, Energy Transfer Equity LP is close to winning its takeover for rival pipeline… Keep reading →

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