Pope Francis is set to weigh in on the climate change debate in what has already caused a considerable buzz in the media, by equal measure prompting cheers from the green lobby and irritation among climate skeptics, even before the message has been released.
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By Frank Watson | May 22, 2015 06:00 AM Comments (4)
By Alex Froley | May 22, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
The strongest year for European gas demand since the 2008 financial crisis was 2010, a year impacted by the El Niño weather phenomenon. With international weather agencies now identifying the signs of the first El Niño conditions since 2010, could this be a sign of a cold winter ahead, and strong gas demand to come?
By Jeff Ryser | May 14, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (3)
Is it the first signs of a serious problem for wind power generation?
Data shows a significant drop-off of wind power sales in California due to warm weather, which caused a drop in wind velocities. Is it possible that wind farms that so many believe will help mitigate the warming of a changing climate will instead be impaired by that very same warming?
By News Desk | April 23, 2015 05:03 PM Comments (0)
Thursday is not the final day of IHS CERAWeek, but it is the final day focused on a particular commodity. It’s also Platts’ final day at CERAWeek this year. Thursday’s focus on electric power allows for a wide variety of topics, though, from coal to actual power generation to natural gas and everything in between.
We had two editors roaming the sessions Thursday, one to focus on coal and one to focus on electric power. Some of what we heard was shared from @PlattsPower, although @PlattsCoal, @PlattsGas and @PlattsOil also got some fodder from various officials sharing their plans. Just as a good power ballad has to come to an end, our coverage of this year’s CERAWeek is ending, and here are some thoughts from our editors about Thursday’s events.
By Tim Worledge | April 17, 2015 12:03 AM Comments (0)
Time was when humanity seemed to take endless leaps forward in terms of technology. There was a sense that everyone was pushing forward at the same time and in the same direction. In today’s world, when investing in the next big tech, the great diaspora of ideas can be a challenge that divides investment funds, and has the ability to muddle that sense of direction, that notion of collective tech-progress.
Which brings us to cars. Combustion engines surely can’t go on for ever, that much is clear, but in that maelstrom of ideas, could the electric car now be attaining a critical mass? And could the two great energy and transport rivals — oil and biofuels — be developing a blind spot around their rise?
By Sebastian Lewis | April 16, 2015 02:35 PM Comments (0)
What’s in a number? Quite a lot when it comes to Chinese GDP.
Especially when it’s 7%, which was the real growth rate of the Chinese economy in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the first quarter of last year, according to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, who released this much-awaited data point on April 15.
By John Kingston | April 16, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (14)
John Kingston is president of The McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and director of global market insights. He continues to observe energy markets after his many years with Platts.
There’s another growing kerfuffle in Vermont, which we’ve written about before as it tries to balance a seemingly impossible array of choices as it moves forward with its energy future. It’s a small state, but some of the conflicts there are sure to be duplicated in other parts of the US…and the world.
By Jeff Ryser | April 2, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (8)
Are big baseload power providers in Texas destined to suffer the same fate as their counterparts in Germany?
The question arises because Texas is once again undergoing a surge of wind generation installations at a time when wholesale power prices are already on the floor, and zero pricing due to existing wind generation is prevalent.
By Henry Edwardes-Evans | April 1, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (2)
A mirthless laugh from Enel CEO Francesco Starace greeted Platts’ question on European power markets March 18.
The Italian utility likes to do things in style, flying in dozens of immaculate assistants and glamorous foreign correspondents for its annual investor day, laying on breakfast and lunch for the assembled hacks and analysts.