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UK Shale no "Get out of jail card"

London, 21 February 2013

Exploitation of the UK’s significant shale gas resources is unlikely to result in low natural gas prices, according to new research by leading energy analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The cost of shale gas extraction in the UK is likely to be significantly higher than in the US, and the rate of exploitation insufficient to offset the decline in conventional gas production, meaning market prices will continue to be set by imported gas.

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Australia: Renewables now cheaper than new fossil fuels

Sydney, 7 February 2013

Australia wind beats new coal in the world’s second-largest coal exporter: Unsubsidised renewable energy is now cheaper than electricity from new-build coal- and gas-fired power stations in Australia, according to new analysis from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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U.S. State CO2 Emissions - Update

Washington, 31 January 2103

U.S. Energy Information Administration: The following estimates of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) are based on the States Energy Data System. The state data include a summary table with total energy-related CO2 by state beginning in 1990, a table with emissions by fuel in 2010 and a table with emissions by sector in 2010.

Detailed tables for individual states provide emissions by fuel and sector for data beginning in 1980. Documentation for methodology is also included on the page.

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EU offshore wind energy sector posts solid 2012

London, 28 January 2013

Europe installed and grid connected 293 offshore wind turbines in 2012 - more than one per working day. This brings the total to 1,662 turbines, in 55 offshore wind farms in ten European countries. The 293 turbines installed in 2012 represent 1,165 Megawatts (MW), an increase of 33% compared to 2011 installations of 874 MW. This brings total offshore wind energy capacity to 4,995 MW. Overall, the UK remains the leader with nearly 60% of Europe's total offshore capacity, followed by Denmark (18%), Belgium (8%) and Germany (6%).

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Biofuels key to economy and clean energy future: GRFA

Toronto, 16 January 2013


Today the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance called on the policy development, business and technology sector leaders attending the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, to commit to increasing biofuels’ share of the future global energy mix.

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Renewables Global Futures Report launched

Abu Dhabi, 16 January 2013

REN21 have launched their new flagship publication, the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), produced by REN21 in co-operation with ISEP, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy of Japan. The Report presents the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy, grounded in the opinion of 170 leading experts worldwide and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios.

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Carbon Pricing Mechanism Developments

London, December 2012 - Commodities Now

New international trading opportunities and implications for business:Legislation implementing key changes to Australia's Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM) passed Parliament on 26 November 2012. The package of 7 Acts gives effect to the Government's announcement on 28 August 2012 that it will be establishing a linking arrangement with the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): Baker McKenzie:

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Inconvenient Truths Not Spoken About at Doha

London, 16 December 2012

The Doha climate change conference concluded this week with what has become a familiar ring. Nothing much of import happened and increasingly fewer people noticed.  Oh, the issues at the surface are still the same as they have been since they first flamed out in 2009 at Copenhagen.  These events have become a global debate over wealth redistribution with the poorer countries trying to guilt the richer ones into paying them not to pollute their own backyards—-and if that is not silly enough trying to get the first world nations to pay reparations to the third world for their economic success.

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Doha provides gateway to a 2015 global agreement

London, December 2012

The 18th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP-18) has come to a close in Doha with a more detailed roadmap to a 2015 global agreement and a renewed Kyoto Protocol. In keeping with recent custom, the negotiations ran over time with a final agreement reached late on Saturday night. The final result failed to produce strong commitments to new binding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. However, Doha ultimately achieved its two overriding goals of keeping the Kyoto Protocol operational as a transitionary measure and laying the path for a more comprehensive international agreement for the post 2020 period to be agreed by 2015.

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CME Group Ethanol Outlook Report - Dec 10, 2012

Chicago, 10 December 2012

Senate affirms U.S. military biofuels program – In a big win for the U.S. biofuels industry, the Senate in late November voted to support U.S. military use of biofuels.  The Senate in a bipartisan vote of 62-37 voted to strip a provision from the annual Defense Appropriations bill that would have prevented the U.S. military from buying any fuels that cost more than traditional fuels, a measure directly aimed against biofuels.  The U.S. military has identified its dependence on petroleum as a national security risk.  The military is actively promoting biofuels to diversify its fuel mix.  The advanced biofuel industry is depending heavily on the U.S. military for coinvestment in research and pilot projects that will help commercialize advanced biofuels and bring down their cost.  The U.S. military is the big customer that the advanced biofuels industry needs to ensure there is demand for its product during and after the commercialization phase.

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