The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy

In both the EU and the US carbon policy correctness has run its course having been discredited by scandal, the persistence of scientific method, and public pressure to recognize market realities. The proponents of carbon policy changes are caught between panic and despair. They came so close to implementing their policy regimes, and cannot now Read more about The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy[…]

Poland Vetoes EU Low Carbon Policy

“The Council examined draft conclusions (6837/12) on a roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, which aimed to establish a sustainable and cost-effective trajectory to 2050, on the basis of milestones for domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 compared to 1990, Read more about Poland Vetoes EU Low Carbon Policy[…]

Low Prices Always Low Prices

Low prices always low prices is the slogan taken by China’s wind and solar PV panel manufacturers.  It describes their global market strategy of flooding the market with equipment, driving down prices as a result of that glut and suctioning up feed in tariffs and other subsidies to help finance China’s export production growth.  For Read more about Low Prices Always Low Prices[…]

What Goes Around Comes Around!

One of my favorite Tom Clancy books was the Hunt for Red October.  Do you remember the scene where the Russian submarine commanded by Sean Connery is being chased by a cocky Russian submariner through the ocean canyons.  At the peak of the drama just as it appears the predator has the wily old captain Read more about What Goes Around Comes Around![…]

The Regulation, Shay’s Rebellion and Our Energy Economics Future

It is not the Euro that is failing Europe, it is Europe’s experiment with its own Articles of Confederation that has failed it for the same reasons our own weak approach to governance adopted in 1781failed to meet the needs of the liberated American colonies. Greece is Europe’s equivalent of our Shay’s Rebellion in 1786. Read more about The Regulation, Shay’s Rebellion and Our Energy Economics Future[…]

Solar Energy Tough Love

Across the EU Solar Energy is facing tough love conditions as its feed-in-tariffs (FiT) face Déjà vu in another round of reductions in FiT subsidies. Like the classic Tale of Two Cities the world of solar energy today seems filled with the excitement of seeing its revolutionary potential realized by rapid growth while fearful that Read more about Solar Energy Tough Love[…]

Lessons from Evergreen Solar

Evergreen Solar is not sustainable—that is the conclusion of the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, the Commonwealth board charged with overseeing tax breaks to business that voted May19, 2011 to end the 20-year, $15 million property tax break and terminate the $7.5 million in state tax credits for Evergreen Solar Inc., two months after the Read more about Lessons from Evergreen Solar[…]

EU Carbon Tax "Reform" Hits Everyone

The European Commission is proposing a new kind of energy tax to be made applicable across the EU.  The scheme seeks to tax transportation and heating fuels based upon their Btu content and CO2 emissions rather than volume sold.  One argument for this change in approach is that more energy efficient vehicles and growing public Read more about EU Carbon Tax "Reform" Hits Everyone[…]

Russian Gas -vs-Unconventional Gas: Which will the EU Choose?

The US Energy Information Administration published a study of 48 shale gas basins in 32 countries that estimated that the EU has a technically recoverable resource potential for unconventional natural gas of 624 trillion cubic feet compared with 862 tcf in the US.  That estimate is substantially larger than previously thought and represents about 60 Read more about Russian Gas -vs-Unconventional Gas: Which will the EU Choose?[…]

Totally Big SunPower!

As if we needed any more evidence that solar energy has arrived as a mainstream resource, the announcement that French oil and gas giant Total (TOTF.PA) was acquiring a majority interest in solar giant SunPower (SPWRA) left little doubt. “The world future energy balance will be the result of a long-term transition in which renewable Read more about Totally Big SunPower![…]