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BlogSpot by Adriaan Kamp: A View On The Developments In Our Global Energy System

We are living in interesting times. Our world civilization is experiencing a dynamic change. New wealth and wealth distribution are being created in an unprecedented speed. Over the coming two to three decades 3 billion people in Asia, Latin-America, Middle-East & Africa will join the new global middle-class. They are prognosed to enjoy the same consumption patterns in their homes, offices and transportation now so much taken for granted in the OECD and upper-middle class families in the emerging and developing nations.

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Trade Deficit in U.S. Plunges on Record Petroleum Exports

Record petroleum exports helped shrink the U.S. trade deficit in December to the smallest in almost three years as America moved closer to energy self- sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo.

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Deep Sea Drilling Muddies Political Waters

The oceans deep are a repository of many secrets. Shipwrecks have existed undisturbed for centuries, as have corals and fish of almost unimaginable diversity. Now, increasingly, the secrets of the seabed are being looked at by companies drilling for oil and minerals. International geopolitics and the environment are getting more muddled as a result.

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Alaska’s Geothermal Energy For Sale?

Alaska will offer potential developers the chance to explore geothermal resources at an active volcano in Cook Inlet, the state’s oldest producing oil and gas basin, state officials said on Monday. The geothermal lease sale on May 8 will coincide with oil and gas lease sales, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

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OnTheJob interview – Nadja Kogdenko

Nadja Kogdenko is Energy Analyst at the Energy Delta Institute headquartered in Groningen The Netherlands.

1. What’s your name and where have you been living so far?
I’m Nadja Kogdenko and I live in Groningen, the largest city in the northern part of the Netherlands. I’m originally from Latvia and lived in Sweden before moving to the Netherlands.

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Iran Open to U.S. Offer Atomic Talks

Iran considers an offer to negotiate directly with the U.S. over its nuclear program a “step forward” and expects to resume meetings with world powers later this month, the Persian Gulf nation’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said

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Desert Massacre Threatens Africa’s Largest Gas Industry

The killing of foreign workers in the Algerian desert threatens production from North Africa’s largest oil and gas industry, the main source of revenue for a country that avoided unrest when the Arab spring swept away regimes across the region.

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BlogSpot by Nik Foster: The Modernization of Grids: US vs EU

The United States and Europe share several communalities on their road to a smarter grid. Both continents need better grid modeling to help with insights into how the millions of smart devices, smart loads and distributed renewable generation will affect the grid.

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Private Equity Flees Clean Energy as Investment Falls

Private equity companies and venture capitalists including Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Braemar Energy Ventures reduced renewable-energy investment to the lowest since 2006 as once-promising companies failed or were sold at a loss.
Private equity and venture-capital investors provided $5.8 billion to solar, biofuel, wind and smart-grid startups worldwide last year, down 34 percent from 2011

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Turkey Biggest European Oil Driller

Turkey is drilling for oil and natural gas with more rigs than any European country and plans new rules in 2013 to speed exploration of energy supplies for the fastest-growing major economy after China. The country fielded 26 rigs at Dec. 31, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and the number has since risen to 34, Energy Ministry officials said yesterday.

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