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DECC model highlights inconvenient energy truths

First published in Energy World, 1 June 2011.

For those of us with an anorak in the closet, the government’s new online energy planning tool, the 2050 Pathways Calculator, has provided hours of perplexing fun.

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Here’s my initial take on DECC’s new energy planning toy, My2050, launched this week. The aim is to cut emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2050 and keep the lights on. There are screenshots of my choices below.

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Oil price set to double if production is cut off

First published in the The Independent on Sunday, 27 February 2011.

Oil prices surged to a thirty-month high this week as the turmoil in Libya cut supplies by over 1 million barrels per day, raising the chances of a global supply shock that could push the economy back into recession. Brent crude reached almost $120 per barrel, its highest level since August 2008, as international oil companies pulled out and foreign workers fled the country.

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The article Oil production hit by BP slick was written on the presumption the 5000 barrels per day estimate was roughly right. It is now increasingly clear that it was a gross underestimate. But I stand by my assessment of the slick’s likely impact on Gulf of Mexico oil production and the industry more widely.

Secret agenda of coalition energy policy

There is much to welcome in the new coalition’s energy policy.

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Why I agree with Nick

So that’s it. Tomorrow we troop to the polling stations with almost no discussion of the most critical issue: energy.

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Last Oil Shock in Japan

The Last Oil Shock has now been published in Japanese, and is available online in Japan.

Last Oil Shock in Portugal

The Last Oil Shock has now been published in Portuguese, and is available online in Portugal.

BP’s ‘giant’ oil discovery would last three weeks

BP announced the discovery of a ‘giant’ oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico last week, but what does it really amount to?

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