Energy Security

February, 2014

  • 4 February

    Verdict Worsens Pakistan’s Energy Woes

    Energy supply is a pressing concern in Pakistan as frequent crippling power outages are not only stunting its economic activities, but have caused a constant public outcry in recent years.   The issue was one of the core agendas in the general elections held last year in the violence-hit country.   The December 2013 verdict of the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) …

January, 2014

  • 29 January

    Why Keep American Crude Oil at Home

    Over the past five years, the United States has experienced an astounding energy transformation. We are producing more oil—and using less—due to advances in drilling technologies and more-efficient vehicles, as required under the modern fuel-economy standards developed by the Obama administration. The increase in domestic oil supply, combined with the decline in demand, has also led to a significant decrease …

December, 2013

  • 29 December

    Dreaming South American Energy Integration

    Simón Bolívar, the South American independence hero who hoped to weave the continent into a single nation, would shudder at the disintegration that prevails today in the continent’s energy sector. Surely he would understand that no community can be built on so fragmented a foundation. Peru has gas, which it sells to Mexico. Bolivia also has gas, but it has …

  • 22 December

    Serious About European Competitiveness? Go for Shale Gas

    Competitiveness now attracts as much attention here in Brussels as climate and environment policy. For the first time, the European Council will hold a summit devoted exclusively to industrial competitiveness, and rightly so.   The debate over shale gas will be a part of that. The European Commission is poised to release a framework for the extraction of unconventional gas …

  • 21 December

    Asia Leading the World on Carbon Emissions Trading

    It is not well known that Kazakhstan — a nation whose landmass exceeds that of Western Europe and which boasts the largest economy in Central Asia — introduced a carbon trading scheme earlier this year. It is the first Asian nation to take on an economy-wide cap and the trading system has been designed to help it achieve its goal …

  • 16 December

    Illuminating Japan’s Energy Future

    Has Fukushima become a thing of the past in Japan? As Christmas approaches for the second time since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and the nuclear accidents in March 2011, there are more and more illuminated trees in and around Tokyo.   The Christmas lights cover the city in a beautiful glow. But while the lights are efficient LEDs, requiring …

  • 12 December

    Why Renewable Fuel Standard Is Good for the Climate

    Eight years have passed since the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, was first enacted; today, legislators are examining the effects of this landmark law. The ongoing debate often centers on corn ethanol and its effects on corn prices, the amount of renewable fuel that can be blended with conventional gasoline, and the oil savings and environmental benefits. Critics argue that …

October, 2013

  • 25 October

    Can Investment Crowdfunding Deliver Sustainable Energy?

    When a wind turbine started spinning last year in the historic village of St Briavels on the border of England and Wales, it was a pioneering moment. For the first time, a renewable energy project had been built using the financial innovation known as debt crowdfunding. Ordinary people, many of them local residents, collectively raised £1.4m and now stand to …

  • 8 October

    Shale Gas in The European Region: A Game Changer?

    The US energy market has changed drastically since the rise of shale gas in the country. The US is now the world’s largest gas producer and is expected to become a net exporter. Will shale gas be a similar game changer in the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) region? This article argues that the impact of shale gas in …

September, 2013

  • 28 September

    China Goes West, to Kazakhstan’s Benefit

      It is no coincidence that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to Kazakhstan accorded with the start of commercial output from the Kashagan field, arguably the biggest oil and gas field in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region. At the Palace of Independence in Astana, President Xi and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kazakhstan since independence, signed 22 trade …