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4 August 2021
Battery discharge efficiency key – US study
Long-discharge capability also needed if batteries are to bring down grid power prices
3 August 2021
BP doubles renewables pipeline
Offshore wind investments in US and bids in Scotland will help to decarbonise firm’s portfolio
2 August 2021
Israel upgrades climate ambition
New plan comes at the end of a decade where the energy sector focus has been on developing the country’s offshore gas resources
2 August 2021
Denham aligns with sustainable guidelines
Sabine Chalopin, Denham Capital’s ESG and Impact Director, talks about the firm’s methodologies for sustainability
2 August 2021
Denham looks to finance sustainable infrastructure
Investors in developed economies need to help governments and firms in emerging economies gain access to capital markets, says CEO
30 July 2021
PE Live: Low-carbon technologies gaining momentum
Green hydrogen and CCS can replicate progress of renewables but only with supportive government policy
30 July 2021
PE Live: Transition projects need lower cost of capital
Better management of project risks needed to bring down cost of capital and speed up deployment of low-carbon technologies, panellists say
30 July 2021
Mission net zero: part three—geopolitics
US-Sino tensions could hinder global co-operation on climate and divert government spending away from net-zero push
29 July 2021
Form Energy looks to undercut battery market
With a cost proposition around $20/kWh, the startup hopes to disrupt the more established lithium-ion industry
29 July 2021
Go bigger on offshore wind to cut UK net-zero costs – LCP
Displacing nuclear with offshore wind backed up by flexible thermal power plants and storage can cut capital costs
27 July 2021
China finances no new coal in 2021
Size of projects and new investment guidelines have deterred coal financing
26 July 2021
Mission net zero – part two: economics
Soaring government debt relative to GDP in wake of Covid-19 leaves economists divided over best approach to funding the transition
23 July 2021
PE Live: Glasgow climate talks must solve article six issues
A number of hurdles remain, including additionality and flexibility of emissions reductions
23 July 2021
PE Live: Paris climate contributions are standardising
Second round of NDCs sees greater similarity in formats, with many adopting net-zero targets
22 July 2021
Statkraft on track for 9GW renewables by 2025
Utility will continue to develop 3GW/yr of renewable capacity after 2025
22 July 2021
Oil majors pile into Scottish offshore wind tender
Scotwind tender draws 74 bids amid strong competition for North Sea project rights
21 July 2021
US grid storage needs further policy action – Wartsila
Storage will be a key part of enabling the grid to be supplied by 40-60pc renewables
20 July 2021
Energy transition spending must increase – IEA
Shortfalls in funding are particularly pronounced in emerging economies, where capital markets can be hard to access
19 July 2021
Climate ‘accelerator’ Subak launched
Organisation will help to grow and finance startups that have a focus on climate and climate data
19 July 2021
Mission net zero – part one: costs
First in three-part Transition Economist series looks at the cost of the global energy transition and the magnitude of the work required
19 July 2021
Gulf NOCs green their operations
Pressure growing to abate emissions through deployment of solar and CCUS as oil production capacity continues to rise
16 July 2021
UK Acorn CCS project signs up St Fergus gas terminals
Boost for Scottish CCS cluster as it lines up SEGAL and FUKA gas processing terminals as first CCS customers
15 July 2021
Acorn CCS project awards Feed contract
Study will be carried out by Carbon Clean as part of preparation to start CCS operations by mid-decade
14 July 2021
EU outlines rules to meet new 2030 GHG target
European Commission outlines a package of measures designed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 55pc below 1990 levels by 2030
14 July 2021
UK takes aim at fossil fuel transport
The country is launching a series of initiatives aimed at codifying and accelerating its move to net-zero mobility
13 July 2021
Shell eyes Canadian CCS and hydrogen project
Proposal follows successful deployment of a pilot project known as Quest CCS
12 July 2021
TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil eye France North Sea CCS
Oil companies join Air Liquide, Borealis and Yara International in project to cut emissions in Normandy industrial basin
12 July 2021
EU to give biojet industry new thrust
A new sustainable aviation proposal is set to supercharge so-far fledgling efforts
9 July 2021
Ineos Grangemouth complex joins Acorn CCS project
Boost for Scottish Cluster as Grangemouth targets 1mn t/yr carbon capture by 2027
9 July 2021
Big US firms call for national clean energy standard
Adoption of federal standard can spur robust economic recovery and create millions of jobs, companies say
7 July 2021
US grid to face transition pressure
Regional grids will struggle with twin challenges of decarbonisation and extreme weather events
6 July 2021
Biomass supply limited in net-zero world – ETC
Strict sustainability criteria will mean less supply than other scenarios foresee, thinktank says
5 July 2021
Canada latest to announce future halt to ICE vehicle sales
Phase-outs began at subnational levels and have grown to reach national commitments in various regions
5 July 2021
Geopolitics smooths Iraq’s energy transition
International interest in reducing Iraq’s dependence on Iranian gas imports is unlocking finance for renewables and flare-gas capture projects
2 July 2021
What is the energy transition?
The future of energy is about more than just the move from fossil fuels to renewable power. It involves the decarbonisation of all sectors of the economy
2 July 2021
Aviation decarbonisation set for takeoff
Energy efficiency improvements and use of sustainable aviation fuel seen as key to cutting emissions by 2050
1 July 2021
Solar production tax credit could transform US solar
Legislators have proposed measure that would boost domestic industry rather than Chinese imports
1 July 2021
Energy set for decade of 'pure disruption' – Dii Desert Energy
Cornelius Matthes, chief executive of Dii Desert Energy, talks to Transition Economist about the organisation's vision for the future of renewables in the Mena region
1 July 2021
Renewables projects update - July Issue
Transition Economist looks at the new renewables projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments
30 June 2021
Governments must act to accelerate hydropower growth - IEA
Net zero by 2050 requires capacity growth twice as fast as currently forecast through 2030
30 June 2021
Canada’s ATCO has big plans for clean hydrogen
Iconic Western Canadian company advances hydrogen strategy on several fronts on the back of bullish long-term outlook for industry
30 June 2021
EVs could act as storage for US grid - report
Arrival of electric pick up trucks on US consumer vehicle market could help solve Texas grid problems
29 June 2021
How energy traders can benefit from Europe’s emerging hydrogen market
Development of liquid markets will require sufficient marketable hydrogen volumes as well as free access to pipelines, terminals and storages
29 June 2021
MPs and business urge government to accelerate net-zero plan
Current government commitments only cover less than half of the required emissions reduction to 2035
25 June 2021
Schlumberger pivots portfolio towards net zero
Firm sets aggressive new 2050 decarbonisation promise with rare scope three emissions detail
25 June 2021
Maine makes state fossil-fuel divestments a point of law
Other US states expected to follow Maine’s lead, especially heavily Democratic ones on east and west coast
25 June 2021
US oil and gas sector weighs transition options
Carbon capture and hydrogen high on agenda, but good returns from hydrocarbons still a priority
24 June 2021
Brazil solar PPA demand rises ahead of grid rule change
Lisarb Energy sees spike in interest from corporate offtakers to lock in contracts before rise in grid costs for solar projects
24 June 2021
CCS needs clusters to reach scale – Wood Mac
Focus must switch away from individual parts of the value chain towards large projects to accelerate progress
24 June 2021
Guiness Asset Management sees opportunities within energy transition
Firm has built a portfolio of companies with good growth prospects on the supply and demand sides of the energy transition
23 June 2021
Renewables competitive with cheapest fossil fuels – Irena
Costs could fall even further, based on analysis of data from some utility-scale solar PV projects
23 June 2021
BP boss defends ‘bold’ net-zero transition strategy
Oil major on track to meet 2025 renewables target and will grow earnings from oil despite production cuts
23 June 2021
US renewables developers snap up grid-ready sites to beat congestion
New entrants face lengthy applications and obligation to invest in system
23 June 2021
Collaboration vital for energy transition – panel
New technologies will only develop through effective partnerships, say Orsted and RWE
22 June 2021
Opedal lays out Equinor transition strategy
Firm will reduce carbon intensity of oil production, invest in offshore wind, and look to CCS and hydrogen
21 June 2021
US to lag Europe in passenger EVs
Current state of battery technology better suited for smaller cars popular in Europe
21 June 2021
Gulf producers take aim at green LNG market
Oman sells first carbon-neutral cargo while Qatar sets sights on major expansion of low-carbon supply from North Field East
21 June 2021
Blue hydrogen and CCS investment needed
Blue hydrogen will be crucial to the development of green hydrogen economy, says speakers at Citizens Energy Congress panel
18 June 2021
BP Lightsource buys more solar projects in Spain
Purchase of three development projects in Spain follows recent solar expansions in Portugal and Greece
17 June 2021
Oil and gas firms need scale to win over transition doubters
Lower rates of return and competition for assets pose challenges as producers and traders seek to scale up in renewables
17 June 2021
World must use less energy – Dudley
Energy consumers must travel less and move to electric vehicles, according to the former BP CEO
17 June 2021
Transition finance is starting to flow – BlackRock
A second US exit from the Paris Agreement would seriously damage capital flows to clean energy, says investor
17 June 2021
CCI aims to profit from gas and power experience
The commodity trader believes its reduced focus on liquids trading compared with its peers could offer it an advantage in the energy transition
16 June 2021
Carbon set for sustained price rally in chase for net zero
Emissions trading reignited as market takes centre stage as carbon abatement driver
16 June 2021
Pureplay producer makes case for scope three absolution
NCS operator Lundin is touting its ‘green’ Johan Sverdrup barrels. Its CEO argues that represents it doing its bit
16 June 2021
G7 to halt new support for unabated coal by year-end
Countries to focus on accelerating progress of technologies including hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, usage and storage
16 June 2021
Equinor to increase low-carbon investment
State energy firm will step up its investments in renewables and low-carbon solutions from 4pc of overall spending to 50pc in 2030
15 June 2021
PE Live: Oil and gas skills fundamental to transition
Many skills transferable but redeployment of staff from fossil fuel business also requires new approach to learning
15 June 2021
PE Live: Energy transition demands new brand of leadership
Soft skills gain importance as leaders steer course to a just transition to net zero
14 June 2021
BP in joint bid to develop offshore wind in Norwegian North Sea
Consortium with Statkraft and Aker Offshore targets Sorlige Nordsjo II ‎licence area
14 June 2021
Repsol outlines transition financing plan
Firm will use green and transition bonds to finance various emissions reductions projects
14 June 2021
Iran in new renewables push
Tehran is stepping up its solar and wind power drive to offset gas and hydropower shortages
11 June 2021
US oil majors will decarbonise
Biden administration will start to have greater impact on company strategies as its carbon plans become substantive legislation
10 June 2021
Hydrogen poised for lead role in push for Paris goals
Hydrogen key to tackling hard-to-abate sectors, but reaching Paris goals will require a wider arsenal of fuels and technologies, roundtable panellists say
10 June 2021
Hydrogen project risks challenge investors
Flow of money into emerging industry faces bottlenecks as investors grapple with uncertainty over regulation and bankability
10 June 2021
Canadian oil sands producers agree to cut emissions
Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy will cut operational emissions of oil sands production
10 June 2021
US drought hits hydropower production
Rising natural gas demand could provide sustained hit to state decarbonisation plans
9 June 2021
Clean energy investment lacking in emerging economies – IEA
High costs of financing and other risks hold back investment in markets where it is most needed to curb emissions
8 June 2021
Talos and Storegga in US Gulf Coast CCS joint venture
Region’s industrial base sits adjacent to large natural carbon storage province located offshore in shallow waters
8 June 2021
EU to provide €17.5bn in transition finance
Transition funding will be targeted at regions that are still reliant on coal, lignite, peat and oil shale
7 June 2021
Riyadh expands green horizons
Saudi Arabia’s renewables ambitions extend beyond mere domestic electricity provision
7 June 2021
How will scope three emissions work in practice?
Carbon intensity of upstream production could become a mere sideshow as and when decisions are made over the allocation of a barrel of oil’s carbon footprint across the value chain
3 June 2021
Global clean energy initiative launched
Countries launch the second phase of the Mission Innovation programme to accelerate clean technology investments and bring down cost of hydrogen
3 June 2021
Cerulean tables £10bn offshore wind farm to electrify UKCS
Project designed to curb offshore emissions ahead of target and power large-scale green hydrogen production
2 June 2021
Spending on clean energy must ramp up – IEA
Fossil fuels still account for 43pc of energy spending, with same proportion expected for next year, the agency says
2 June 2021
Renewables projects update - Issue 1
Welcome to the new Renewables Projects Playbook from Transition Economist & Global Energy Infrastructure, part of the Gulf Energy Information group.
2 June 2021
BP boosts renewables pipeline with 9GW US solar deal
The $220mn acquisition gives BP solar projects across 12 US states, with largest portfolios in Texas and the Midwest
2 June 2021
UK ETS launch reignites debate over emissions market linking
Opportunity to bring together UK and EU markets, but China’s new scheme lacks compatibility with other systems
1 June 2021
Google partners with Fervo on geothermal
Firms hope that tapping geothermal energy will help Google’s operations become completely decarbonised
28 May 2021
Suncor makes net-zero pledge
Investor pressure convinces Canadian company to confront emissions, but upstream growth remains focus
28 May 2021
Energy firms face rising tide of climate lawsuits – Verisk
Dutch court ruling against Shell will embolden climate activists as focus shifts from governments to corporations
28 May 2021
Lithium supply outlook hangs in the balance
Supply of key battery material hinges on pace of investment in mining and processing
28 May 2021
Aker Carbon Capture eyes growth in Europe and US
Combination of investor pressure and rallying carbon prices drive interest in technology offered by pure-play carbon-capture company
28 May 2021
Total approves new company name and strategy
Firm gets shareholder approval for change in name and a climate strategy with interim targets
28 May 2021
Nigeria banks on gas as bridge to renewables
Government could lose 60pc of oil and gas revenue over coming decades in a net-zero scenario
28 May 2021
Eni, Total and BP have clearest climate plans
League table of large oil and gas firms show Europe leads US on climate targets and disclosure
27 May 2021
Dutch court rules Shell must cut emissions
Ruling orders major to reduce carbon emissions by 45pc by 2030 from 2019 levels
26 May 2021
Equinor in joint bid for Norwegian North Sea offshore wind project
Large-scale windfarm would sit in North Sea area ideally located to supply electricity to Europe
25 May 2021
CCS and DAC part of the future
The two technologies will be key in the move to a net-zero economy, says Storegga CEO Nick Cooper
25 May 2021
UK oil and gas workforce can transition – report
Many jobs in more decarbonised 2030 workforce have a large degree of overlap with current roles
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