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Energy World - April 2010


The return of an interventionist energy policy?
Steve Hodgson  


Nuclear new-build needs the right investment framework
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson


International news

  • Emergency power for world's largest petrochem plant 
  • New wind projects in Brazil and Canada 
  • US Government to cut GHG emissions by 28% 
  • Turbines boos Falklands' renewable capacity to 40% 
  • US stays on top for wind; Germany and now China follow 
  • Australia and Japan outdo EU in Copenhagen Accord
  • Italy commended on energy policy, but challenges remain 
  • Fossil plants for the Netherlands, Greece, Brazil and Iraq 

Home news

  • Industry responds to Ofgem call for radical reform of energy markets 
  • UK wind manufacturing sector gets started 
  • 'Urgent action needed' on oil crunch threat to UK economy 
  • First biomethane-to-gas-grid projects 
  • New gas storage for Irish Sea 
  • Investment challenge for UK oil and gas 
  • Grants up to £5,000 for an ultra-low carbon car 
  • Marine energy 'ready for mass deployment by 2020'
  • 2008 carbon dioxide emissions down by 2%


LNG – opportunities in Europe for UK supply chain companies
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is coming to an import terminal near you. Here, Mike Major, Chief Executive of the Energy Industries Council, takes a look at the European countries leading the way in LNG, and project opportunities for UK supply chain companies.

A wake-up call for the UK economy – oil price volatility by 2015
The global supply of oil is likely to stay roughly flat for the next five years, according to a recent report from the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil & Energy Security – see the news story on page 9. However, the demand for oil is not likely to flatten anytime soon, and this is where the problems will emerge, even for the UK. Marc Height was at the report launch.

No new coal without CCS – but what about the coal?
No new coal-fired power stations are to be permitted after 2020 without the eventual use of carbon capture and storage. Coal will remain a large part of the UK’s energy mix for quite some time, but what is the current state of coal operations in the UK, and where does the carbon that is headed, eventually, into long-term underground storage come from? Marc Height looks at the figures.

Fuel and energy options for the Czech Republic
It’s not just in the UK where a debate is taking place about the likely fuel mix for electricity generation and heating in the coming years. Here, local writer Lubomír Sedlák runs through some options for the Czech Republic, which currently relies heavily on brown coal for electricity and heat production, as well as nuclear energy for power.

Energy terrorism – fiction or reality?
Writers and filmmakers regard energy terrorism as great subject material. Tanker explosions and pipeline sabotage make for a compelling thriller. Giles Broom considers whether the threat to energy infrastructure and transit routes is just the stuff of fantasy, or one we should all be aware of.

No subsidies for new nuclear?
The Government firmly supports the building of a new fleet of nuclear power stations as part of its strategy to ‘decarbonise’ the power industry. It is also clear that the new programme will be financed by the industry, without any public subsidy. Here, long-time nuclear industry observer Professor Stephen Thomas from the University of Greenwich looks back at how we arrived at the present position on a new-build programme, and suggests that the economics for nuclear power without subsidy simply don’t stack up.

Nuclear energy
Fuel monitoring, awareness training, Forsmark upgrade

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