Energy

Solar to power every second home in Victoria

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Hybrid cars are so last year. It’s time to start thinking hybrid houses. The Age - Jason Dowling, City Editor for The Age As cost-of-living pressures increase, home owners are moving to solar power and even hybrid power systems, using solar panels and batteries to minimise bills. Industry experts estimate that by 2030 every second detached home in Victoria could have solar ... Read More »

Russia Is Losing Control Over The European Gas Market

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Oil isn’t Russia’s only problem. Business Insider – ELENA HOLODNY  The energy exporter is losing its dominance over the European gas market. In the past there were two factors that kept Russia as the major gas powerhouse: European policies and cold winters. But both of those things have changed — and Russia is starting to explore non-Western countries. Europe Is Making Bold ... Read More »

Australia’s rising solar power ‘revolution’

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After record-breaking solar project, scientists question why coal-dominated nation ignores renewable innovation. Al Jazeera America – By Royce Kurmelovs Australian researchers broke the world’s solar power efficiency record last month with their design of a novel commercial energy system, raising hopes the fossil-fuel dominated country may someday switch off its reliance on coal. A team at the University of New South Wales ... Read More »

Turning blood to power, Maasai pastoralists begin bottling biogas

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James Karuga – Thomas Reuters Foundation KISERIAN, Kenya, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Maasai pastoralists have found an innovative way to generate biogas: using animal blood and waste from the Keekonyokie slaughterhouse. The facility in Kenya’s Kajiado County uses the gas it produces to generate electricity that powers the meat cold room and processing equipment. It also pipes the ... Read More »

Full of Gas, Full of Problems: The Eastern Mediterranean’s Hydrocarbon Showdown

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The discovery of natural gas is exacerbating tensions among various players in the Eastern Mediterranean. Is there a viable path forward where all can benefit? The National Interest – Zenonas Tziarras, Gabriel Mitchell In October of last year, Russia, Israel and Cyprus conducted a joint naval exercise in waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Though scheduled well in advance, the timing of the ... Read More »

Russian project jeopardizes Turkey’s energy advantage

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Russia’s proposal to sell gas to Europe via Turkey with the so-called ‘Turkish Stream’ will jeopardize Ankara’s strategic importance, according to an energy expert. Hurriyet - Barçın Yinanç – barcin.yinanc@hdn.com.tr Turkey’s advantage stems from providing an alternative to decrease Europe’s dependence on Russia, says Mithat Balkan, a former Turkish energy envoy. Russia’s proposal to sell gas to Europe via Turkey, the so ... Read More »

Algeria calls for OPEC to cut production

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Algeria’s oil minister has called on OPEC to cut production and raise the price of oil, which has plunged dramatically in the last six months. Al Arabiya – Reuters, Dubai Youcef Yousfi said Sunday that the oil cartel needed to “intervene to correct the imbalance and cut production to bring up prices and defend the income of its member states.” With oil ... Read More »

Oil’s Swift Fall Raises Fortunes of U.S. Abroad

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BRUSSELS — A plunge in oil prices has sent tremors through the global political and economic order, setting off an abrupt shift in fortunes that has bolstered the interests of the United States and pushed several big oil-exporting nations — particularly those hostile to the West, like Russia, Iran and Venezuela — to the brink of financial crisis. The New ... Read More »

Erdoğan is a man of strong character: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised on Thursday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a “man of strong character” who refused to keep an energy agreement between Ankara and Moscow a secret to avoid Western pressure. Today’sZaman Answering a question on the Western request for Turkey to join sanctions against Russia during an annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said ... Read More »