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.
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.
However, the materials needed for advanced EV batteries have come under close watch because of their rarity and geographic concentration. Lithium is one such material.
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climate campaigner Al Gore delivered a tough message to Germany, calling the country’s narrative of climate leadership “out of date.”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 emphasized that the recently established coal phase out commission can serve as a vehicle for Germany reclaim the mantle of climate leadership.
That leadership is currently lagging behind.
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 step, passing the Puerto Rico Electric Power System Transformation Act, which was signed into law by Governor Ricardo Rosello-Nevares on June 20, 2018.
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.
When they first cross the Atlantic, Europeans are often perplexed by the omnipresent air conditioners in the United States. Yet when humidity and temperatures reach unbearable levels during the summer months, even hardened naysayers of air conditioners appreciate a cool workplace that allows working without sweating profusely. However, not everything is cool with air conditioning.
Air conditioning is a relevant, but often forgotten, energy topic—one that is likely to increase in importance in the coming years amid temperature changes, climate change concerns, increasing access to electricity and rising population, and competition for markets to sell clean energy technology.
Amid political turmoil over migration, last month Germany launched its so-called coal exit commission, designated to determine an end date for coal use in Germany. The Commission, whose membership was formally announced in late June amid a political spat between Chancellor Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer over control of Germany’s borders, will hold its first plenary meeting this Friday.
The question is, does this project represent an environmentally progressive plan, an attempt to maximize hydrocarbon revenues, or a mixture of both?