Dec 12

- ​Germany to be gas powered for next 70 years (RT, Dec 12, 2014):

Germany’s plan to phase out nuclear energy and switch to renewables by 2022 is unrealistic as the country is doomed to remain dependent on fossil fuels like oil and gas for the next 70 years, energy expert Matthias Dornfeldt told RT.

Renewables can’t replace fossil fuels overnight because there’s not enough infrastructure, said Dornfeldt in an interview with RT. He believes the 21st century will be the century of gas, as the 20th century was the century of oil.

“We are going to be dependent on oil as well as on gas, as I see, for the next 50, 60, 70 years”, he said, adding there is “a huge impact of fossil fuels on the national economy in Germany.” Continue reading »

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Sep 06

- Europe Needs A New Source of Oil and Gas, Fast (Oil Price, Sep 4, 2014):

Summer is over and many Europeans may have to keep warm this coming winter by thinking about their summer holidays while wrapped in blankets, praying for a short winter or for the world to come to its senses. It both cases, they may well be disappointed.

The never-ending conflicts in the Middle East, mayhem in Libya, uncertainty in the Gulf and a war in Ukraine are all going to take a toll on the energy supplies this winter.

Russia sold 86 billion cubic meters of gas last year, all of which passed through Ukraine. Given what’s happening there now, it is highly unlikely that the Russians would allow their gas to transit a country they are (unofficially) at war with. Just as it is unlikely that Ukrainians would allow Russian gas access through its territory. Continue reading »

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Sep 05

- Blackout alert – UK offices and factories to undergo electricity rationing this winter (Ice Age Now, Sep 3, 2014):

Power crunch worsens – Emergency measures introduced to prevent the lights going out this winter.


Offices and factories will be offered compensation to undergo 1970s-style energy rationing and shut down for up to four hours a day to prevent households being plunged into darkness.

Under the powers, businesses that sign up will be ‘bribed’ to shut down between 4pm and 8pm on any day between November and February. Continue reading »

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Aug 22

Tesla Tower

- Soviet-era Tesla Tower restarted with spectacular lightning bolts (VIDEO) (RT, Aug 20, 2014):

A massive Soviet-built generator – once used for testing the resistance of aircraft to lightning, but now largely mothballed due to prohibitive costs – has staged a striking demonstration test at the behest of RT.

The 6-Megavolt device, one of the most powerful in the world, is capable of generating 200 meter-long lightning bolts, and was constructed in the 1970s at a closed facility outside Moscow, but fell into disuse after the collapse of the USSR.

The futuristic complex of entangled metal coils hidden in a secured virgin forest made it a cult object for urban explorers. Teams of camera-equipped youths navigated their way and documented the rusting coils and huge locks on their blogs. Continue reading »

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Jul 19

- The Electrical Grid May Well Be The Next War’s Battlefield (Peak Prosperity, July 16, 2014):

Crippling the US without firing a shot

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Jul 14

What Is Power Consumption Telling Us About The US Economy? (Erico Tavares Of Sinclair & Co., July 13, 2014):

We track US power consumption on a weekly basis as reported by Barron’s, as we believe this information provides insightful – albeit sometimes “noisy” and seasonally unadjusted – clues about the performance of the economy over time.

The expectation is that a more robust economic environment requires more power, although factors like colder winters and warmer summers relative to the norm can greatly skew the analysis. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the weekly historical performance of this indicator going back to 1995 (in MM kWhs): Continue reading »

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Jun 30

Before:

- EU Gives Russia Three Days to De-Escalate Ukraine Crisis, Threatens Sanctions

Again, it’s Ukraine vs East Ukraine, but Russia is now told to solve the problem the U.S. and the EU have created in the first place???

Reader Marilyn commented:

“The EU receives E120 billion a year from Russia. Any threats are hot air, nothing more. They better shut up before they start sounding like the mendacious cries of the US.”

Reader squodgy commented:

“This is blatant intimidation.

Vlad has used International Law to prove his stance in the past.

Western MSM presstitutes ignore the other’s argument.

His only option is to fight fire with fire & cut off the gas completely.”

And as predicted here comes Putin’s retaliation.

And this, unlike the EU’s empty intimidation talk, IS a real threat.

The EU seems to feel an urgency to go back to the Neolithic Age. (And I am not joking!!!)

And that is what the EU will get if it is not stopping to act like the US puppet that it is.

If  the gas transit will be stopped completely, then prepare for energy prices (and food prices) to skyrocket.


Putin chess

- Russia Reveals “Plan B”: Gazprom Says Gas Transit Via Ukraine May Be Stopped Completely (ZeroHedge, June 30, 2014):

A few days ago, when we wrote our “explainer” on the need for Russia to have an alternative pathway for its gas, one which bypasses Ukraine entirely and as the current “South Stream” framework is set up, crosses the Black Sea and enters Bulgaria before passing Serbia and Hungary on the way to the Central European energy hub located in Baumgarten, Austria, we said that “one short month after Putin concluded the Holy Grail deal with Beijing, he not only managed to formalize his conquest of Europe’s energy needs with yet another pipeline, one which completely bypasses Ukraine (for numerous reasons but mostly one: call it a Plan B), but scored a massive political victory by creating a fissure in the heart of the Eurozone, after Austria openly defied its European peers and sided with Putin.”

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Today we find just what said Plan B is.

As Itar-Tass reports, citing Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, “Russia’s gas giant Gazprom does not rule out gas transit via Ukraine may be stopped completely.”

Continue reading »

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Jun 09

- Japan Atomic Power Company receives 124 billion yen without producing any electricity (Japan Press Weekly, May 31, 2014):

Without generating electricity, the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) received a total of 124.2 billion yen from five major utilities as basic fees for power supply contracts. The money came from charges for electricity paid by the general public.

The JAPC operates the Tokai Daini Nuclear Power Plant (Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture) and the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture). It holds contracts to provide power generated by the three reactors in the two NPPs with the Tokyo, Kansai, Chubu, Hokuriku, and Tohoku power companies. Continue reading »

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Jun 03


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May 23

- U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% (Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2014):

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national “black gold mine” of petroleum.

Just 600 million barrels of oil can be extracted with existing technology, far below the 13.7 billion barrels once thought recoverable from the jumbled layers of subterranean rock spread across much of Central California, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

The new estimate, expected to be released publicly next month, is a blow to the nation’s oil future and to projections that an oil boom would bring as many as 2.8 million new jobs to California and boost tax revenue by $24.6 billion annually.

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Apr 27

- Russia warns of Europe gas delivery cut over Ukraine debt (PressTV, April 27, 2014):

Russia says Ukraine’s failure to pay its growing gas debt may impact gas delivery to European countries.

Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday that Moscow may be forced to cut off natural gas supplies to Europe over Ukraine’s mounting unpaid gas debt.

According to Novak, Ukraine currently owes Russia over USD 2.230 billion in unpaid gas bills and the debt is to rise, as the figure does not include 1.3 billion for deliveries made in April.

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Apr 15

FYI.


- To the 34% of American Adults Who Are “Worried a Great Deal” about “Global Warming” (Washington’s Blog, April 14, 2014):

Preface:  A recent Gallup poll showed that 34% of American adults worried “a great deal” about “global warming”.  This essay is written for that 34%.

Many well-intentioned people are desperately trying to stop climate change …

Continue reading »

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Apr 13

H/t Reader M.G.:

“When you see articles like this, it proves it is too late. Man is a total fool, and we don’t deserve to survive. I almost fell over when I read this article from Bloomberg. Are these idiots serious?”

Related info:

- World Needs To Get Ready For The Next Nuclear Plant Accident (Bloomberg News, April 4, 2014)


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- Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says (Bloomberg, April 13, 2014):

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.

Investments needed to keep climate change within safe limits would shave a fraction of a percent off annual global growth, the UN said today in the third part of its most comprehensive study on warming. A delay in stemming rising greenhouse gases will cut chances to limit the global temperature increase, add to costs and lead to increasingly reliance on unproven technologies, they said.

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Mar 29

Bayern Atomstrom Kernkraftwerk
The nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld in Lower Franconia

Google translation:

- Phase out nuclear: nuclear Grafenrheinfeld leaving early from the network (Die Zeit, March 28, 2014):

The energy company E.on takes the under Frankish nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld the end of May 2015 from the network – seven months earlier than planned by the federal government. This was announced by the energy company. A corresponding set-aside would display the company forward even on Friday the Federal Network Agency and the network operator Tennet. Apparently, the operation was hardly profitable.

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Mar 28

- Ukraine Shocks Population With Staggered 100% Heating Price Increase While Restricting Cash Use (ZeroHedge, March 28, 2014):

In a TV address to his divided nation, Ukraine’s PM Yatsenyuk stunned the people by first suggesting heating prices would rise gradually, then confirming a plan that will see prices rise 100% in the next 2 years (and almost 200% by 2017) as the cost of imported Russian gas is expected to be around $500 (up from the current $84). This standard of living crushing move was then followed by tougher capital controls, restricting cash purchases to around $1300 per person per day after the Central bank basically admitted “amid a tense situation in money markets” it was broke. And all of this comes on the heels of what can only be described as a vague pro-forma comment by US and EU governments over the riots by the “Right Sector” ultranationalists that clearly did not want to upset the state-sponsored thugs too much.

Yatsenyuk addressed the nation in a TV appearance: Continue reading »

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Mar 25

Related info:

- First Civilisation on Earth Discovered in Southern Africa:

Scholars have told us that the first civilisation on Earth emerged in a land called Sumer some 6000 years ago. The persistent research by South Africans Michael Tellinger, Johan Heine and a team of leading scientists, over an extend seven-year period, has resulted in astonishing new archaeological and scientific discoveries. It shows that the Sumerians and even the Egyptians inherited all their knowledge from an earlier advanced civilisation that lived at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago… mining gold.

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Mar 24

- Power line accidents reduce energy supply from Ukraine to Crimea (RT, March 23, 2014):

Electricity supply to Crimea has been reduced by half and the region is experiencing rotating blackouts following two accidents on power lines coming from Ukraine, Crimea’s energy company says.

Earlier, Crimean Vice-PM Rustam Temirgaliev said that Ukrainian national energy company Ukrenergo reduced the electricity supply to Crimea by 50 percent. “Ukrenegro reduced the power in its power lines cutting the amount of supplied energy by half,” the top official told Kryminfo news agency.

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Mar 20

- The Honeymoon Is Over: Ukraine To Stun Citizens With 40% Gas Price Hike (ZeroHedge, March 20, 2014):

Back in 2011, when as part of the Arab Spring one after another regime were toppled in North Africa following violent coups, not without substantial support by the US foreign service and the CIA, the local population was delighted – after all there is nothing quite like the specter of Hope and Change to lift one’s mood, and murder the reigning dictator. Unfortunately, what is usually not discussed, is that within a very brief period of time, usually within a year or two, the post-coup nations promptly reverted to violence and kicked out the ascendent coupy rulers themselves. Hardly new, this is process has been observed in history throughout time, most notably with the French revolution, where the concept of the Thermidorian Reaction was first penned. Most recently, this was best captured by events in Egypt in the past year, when the Hillary Clinton-blessed regime of Morsi was toppled last summer with even more violent witchhunts organized against its Muslim Brotherhood supporters. No wonder one hardly hears a peep about this particular US success story.

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Mar 19

North-American-Power-Grid

- Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months (Economic Collapse, March 19, 2014):

What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year?  Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine.  These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly.  But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye?  According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would be to knock out a transformer manufacturer and just 9 of our 55,000 electrical substations on a really hot summer day.  The reality of the matter is that our power grid is in desperate need of updating, and there is very little or no physical security at most of these substations.  If terrorists, or saboteurs, or special operations forces wanted to take down our power grid, it would not be very difficult.  And as you will read about later in this article, the Internet is extremely vulnerable as well.

When I read the following statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest report, I was absolutely floored…

“Destroy nine interconnection substations and a transformer manufacturer and the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer.”

Wow.

What would you do without power for 18 months? Continue reading »

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Mar 06

- Revealed: The figures that show just how badly rising energy bills have ravaged household budgets over the last decade (This Is Money, March 3, 2014):

Households won’t need reminding about the strain of rising energy bills over the past decade but new figures released today reveal the true extent of the rising costs that Britons faced between 2002 and 2012.

Measured in today’s prices, households spent £69 on energy every month in 2002. A decade later this had risen to £106 – an eye-watering 55 per cent rise. Rising bills combined with muted wage growth mean households spent the equivalent of 5.1 per cent of their income on household energy in 2012, up from 3.3 per cent in 2002 – a rise of 54 per cent.

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