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Driverless Cars Poised To Transform Automotive Industry

London, 27 March 2015

The newest Mercedes autonomous car looks like a car on the outside but like a lounge on the inside, with four swivel seats facing each other in a multimedia bubble of padded leather and walnut veneer. 

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World Wind Energy Market Update 2015

London, 26 March 2015

After a dismal 2013, when worldwide wind power installations fell by 20%, the wind energy industry rebounded strongly in 2014. Installations grew by 42% year-over-year in 2014 to 51.2 GW of wind power and cumulative installed capacity climbed to 372 GW. Market growth was largely supported by a policy-driven acceleration of installations in three key countries: China, Germany, and the United States.

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Mexico’s New Energy Landscape

London, 20 March 2015

Unprecedented liberalization and reform in Mexico’s energy sector are creating significant growth opportunities for the country’s economy and for foreign investors, according to a just-released report by Bentek Energy*,  an analytics and forecasting unit of Platts, a leading global provider of energy and commodities information.  

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Will Oil Markets (And Shale Producers) Capitulate Before Demand Recovers?

London, 19 March 2015

Is the U.S. shale industry at a tipping point? Oil prices fell to a six-week low last Friday after the International Energy Agency warned that the U.S. may soon run out of room to store all the oil being pumped out of shale plays across the country. As oil starts to back up, the worry is that prices could fall like a rock. But despite this grave warning, bullish oil traders are keeping their cool. They believe that the low prices will ultimately decimate the U.S. shale industry, removing a large chunk of supply from the market indefinitely,  similar to what happened during the last major oil price crash 30 years ago.

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

London, 17 March 2015

Texas is famous the world over for two things on a massive scale: oil and droughts. Now the slick but dry state is becoming famous for water: that precious element that both resolves the drought problem and also makes it possible to pump more oil out of the ground.

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ETI endorses carbon capture and storage roll-out without delay

London, 17 March 2015

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) welcomes the findings of the latest report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The report finds that the UK has the capacity to build a cost competitive carbon capture and storage (CCS) sector capable of dramatically reducing the costs of meeting UK carbon targets.

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Gas to challenge coal in the Asian power generation mix

Singapore, 17 March 2015

Wood Mackenzie says that coal is facing increasing competition from gas in the power sector. Coal has dominated as the fuel of choice in Asia, even in the gas-centric power markets of SE Asia since 2010. In recent years, it has been assumed that coal will remain the most economical option for power generation. However, downward pressure on gas prices as well as individual market conditions in Asia are creating conditions in which it might compete with coal in the region.

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Facing the Challenges of Fracking

London, 13 March 2015

Marcellus shale extraction and its potential negative effects on the environment is the subject of a recently published special issue in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. This issue, comprised of eight different papers, delves into the long term consequences fracking has on people, animals, and the environment.

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Uk Oil & Gas Sector Powering Through Choppy Waters

London, 13 March 2015

The UK oil and gas sector is resilient and has plans for future investment and growth, despite the challenges of significantly lower commodity prices and rising production costs. A survey of a broad cross section of UK oil & gas companies, carried out for Bank of Scotland’s  fourth annual oil and gas report reveals 92% of companies are planning to grow over the next two years. Of the 101 companies questioned, 73 expect headcount to increase with only nine expecting a reduction.

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Oil Prices: The Volatility Hypothesis

London, 12 March 2015

A surprisingly swift consensus has arisen to explain the decline both in near- and long-dated crude oil futures prices. However, Barclays Commodities Research have proposed an alternative Volatility Hypothesis that they believe better explains current market dynamics and Saudi supply behaviour.

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