• The Three Seas Initiative's Bucharest Summit: Focusing on Energy

    On September 17, 2018, the leaders of the twelve member countries of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) will gather in Bucharest for the third Three Seas Summit, in the hopes of achieving concrete progress on some of the initiative’s projects.

    Launched in 2016 by the countries bordering the Adriatic, the Baltic, and the Black Seas, the Three Seas Initiative is an exceptional effort to increase interconnectivity in the fields of energy, transport, and digitalization. With the support of the European Union, the initiative aims to deepen integration among the twelve countries to strengthen economic competitiveness of the Central and Eastern European region.

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  • Singh Quoted in S&P Global on Nord Stream Expansion

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  • US-Denmark Energy Cooperation: A "Win(d), Win(d) Situation"

    When President Trump announced that his goal for American energy was not just energy independence, but “energy dominance,” he outlined six steps his administration would pursue with that goal in mind: reviving and expanding the nuclear energy sector, addressing barriers to financing highly efficient overseas coal energy plants, constructing a new pipeline to Mexico, negotiating more American natural gas sales to South Korea, approving applications to export additional natural gas, and creating a new offshore oil and gas leasing program. Although renewables were not mentioned as an important aspect of this strategy at its unveiling, the US Department of the Interior (DOI), a department which is responsible for 20.6 million acres of public land with wind potential through the Bureau of Land...
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  • Puerto Rico Chooses Concession: Two Strikes to Date

    This piece is the second by the author on Puerto Rico’s electricity system. You can read the first piecehere.

    The government of Puerto Rico has selected “concession” as the method of privatizing the transmission and distribution assets of the commonwealth’s electric system, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). This privatization through “concession” of transmission and distribution functions will accompany the parallel sale of PREPA’s electric generation assets and the introduction of a new regulatory administration that the Public Service Regulatory Board established in August. However, the direct regulation of electricity is assigned to a new subsidiary Energy Bureau, with five new commissioners.

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  • EnergySource Explains: Bolivia’s Role in Energy Transition Threatened by Lithium Uncertainty

    Electric vehicles (EVs) will play a central role in any potential global transition away from hydrocarbons and towards a more sustainable energy future. Projections of EV growth are widely bullish: by 2040, Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects 55 percent of new car sales and 33 percent of the global fleet will be EVs, while BP expects 30 percent of car kilometers to be covered by EVs. EV projections have been growing substantially in recent years, thanks in part to decreasing battery costs.

    However, the materials needed for advanced EV batteries have come under close watch because of their rarity and geographic concentration. Lithium is one such...

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  • EnergySource Explains: The Coal Phase Out Commission and Germany’s Struggling Climate Leadership

    This piece is the second in a series examining the opportunities and challenges facing the recently launched “Coal Exit Commission” in Germany. You can read the first piecehere.

    Earlier this month, former vice president and climate campaigner Al Gore delivered a tough message to Germany, calling the country’s narrative of climate leadership “out of date.” And while Environment Minister Svenja Schulze acknowledged Gore’s statement, she responded that she plans to bring Germany back on track as soon as possible. With coal still playing a key role in the country’s energy mix, many climate advocates have...

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  • Grigas Quoted in Foreign Policy on Europe's Reliance on Russian Energy

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  • Puerto Rico’s Electric Industry Transformation

    Following the tragic weather events of 2017, the state of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, particularly energy infrastructure, has been a contentious issue. In fact, even before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s electric service provider, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), had been struggling with mismanagement and teetered on the brink of financial collapse for years. The damage caused to the electric system by Hurricane Maria reflected years of deferred maintenance and the slow recovery exposed the deficiencies of management.

    This combination of storm damage and a long history of mismanagement led to bankruptcy, forcing drastic action. While there are key challenges ahead, the government has taken a crucial...

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  • Decarbonization and Peak Oil Demand: The Role of Policy in the Transportation Sector

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    In a new report, Decarbonization and Peak Oil Demand: The Role of Policy in the Transportation Sector, Robert Johnston, chief executive officer of the Eurasia Group and senior fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, and Hilary Novik Sandberg, Eurasia Group Global Energy & Natural Resources analyst, examine the role of government policy in the transportation sector amidst international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and peak oil demand concerns. The report specifically focuses on the numerous policies and technological developments that have already been adopted or could be...

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  • What Iran’s World Cup Team Says About Oil Production

    In the current tight oil market, where little wiggle room exists between supply and demand, any production outage has the potential to significantly impact the global oil price. And while observers frequently discuss many of the geopolitical risks that could lead to such outages, the potential for outages in Iranian production warrants further consideration—and not simply because of the re-implementation of sanctions. One key threat to Iranian oil production is domestic—specifically intensifying ethnic tensions, the depth of which were recently displayed on the soccer pitch of all places.

    Iran’s leaders celebrated the participation of their Milli (national) Team in the World Cup as a symbol of national unity. However, while it is celebrated publicly, below the surface soccer is synonymous with the country’s simmering undercurrents of ethnic tension.

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