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Mon, Jun 10, 2019

A call for action on US nuclear leadership: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s task force report

The Task Force focused on saving the existing nuclear fleet, innovation and development of new advanced reactors, challenges in the global market, and the nuclear fuel cycle and security concerns.

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr

Americas Energy & Environment

Thu, May 30, 2019

Energy governance and China’s bid for global grid integration

Energy projects have always been a major part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure mega-plan for Eurasia. The enormity of that plan was on display at the BRI Forum last month, where an official report was released estimating that energy investments in BRI countries would add up to $27 trillion by 2050, with […]

EnergySource by Phillip Cornell

China Energy Markets & Governance

Tue, May 21, 2019

An approach to reduce unproductive flaring of natural gas: The development of new gas-to-liquid technology

Natural gas, which consists primarily of methane, accounts for nearly one quarter of global energy production. Although the shale gas boom significantly increased the supply of natural gas, natural gas cannot be transported to processing plants using existing infrastructure for petroleum. Consequently, remote sources of natural gas are in effect “stranded.” Methods to use this […]

EnergySource by Nichole Liebov, PhD

Oil and Gas

Thu, May 9, 2019

Reason for hope on climate change

If passed, new legislation would put the United States on a path toward decarbonizing its electricity sector by midcentury.

EnergySource by Matt Bowen

Energy Transitions United States and Canada

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

New energy technologies will amplify, not obviate, the need for policy frameworks

The role of new energy technologies to meet future energy demand was a focal point during the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum (ACGEF) in Abu Dhabi. Meeting the increasing demand for energy usually raises concerns about international climate objectives. While new energy technologies promise a pathway to meet this increasing demand without sacrificing emission reduction […]

EnergySource by Mahmoud Abouelnaga

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Saudi Aramco bond offering: What does it say about the kingdom and oil markets?

At the start of the month, in preparation for its first bond offering, Saudi Aramco released a 469-page prospectus that provided the first real public look into the oil company’s books. The media was astounded by the $111 billion profit figure for 2018, and a bond market hungry for returns oversubscribed to the offering by […]

EnergySource by Phillip Cornell

Energy Markets & Governance Oil and Gas

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Gas Directive: Overly burdensome regulation of the EU gas market?

On 15 April, the Council of the European Union (EU) backed a controversial revision of the EU Gas Directive, which was already adopted at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 April. This adoption by the Council is the last step in the legislative initiative. However, the story began in November […]

EnergySource by Danila Bochkarev

Energy Markets & Governance European Union

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

The clean energy innovation trap: Climate policy is still essential

While serving as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s director of the US Office of Scientific Research and Development in 1944, Vannevar Bush wrote: “Basic research is the pacemaker for technological progress.” He championed the idea of a sequential relationship between government-funded research and development (R&D) and innovation. In his view, the government provides funding for basic research, […]

EnergySource by Lee Beck

Energy Transitions Renewables & Advanced Energy

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Why the massive floating bomb in the Red Sea needs urgent attention

A floating storage and offloading (FSO) terminal less than five miles off the coast of Yemen has turned into a massive bomb—capable of explosion due to its contents and lack of maintenance. The risk of explosion increases by the day, and if that were to happen, not only would it damage or sink any ships […]

EnergySource by Dr. Ian Ralby, Dr. David Soud, and Rohini Ralby

Middle East Oil and Gas

Mon, Apr 8, 2019

Addressing the invisible supply chain

This post is the third in a series of three that focuses on 1) defining, 2) mapping, and 3) addressing the invisible supply chain. You can read the first and second posts here.  Criminals have the advantage of being agile. They are unencumbered by the constraints that impede the governments and institutions arrayed against them. A criminal […]

EnergySource by Dr. Ian Ralby, Dr. David Soud, and Rohini Ralby

Oil and Gas