Energy

Norwegian watchdog raps StatoilHydro for spill
March 13, 2008 07:06 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's oil safety authority found "serious deficiencies" behind a December oil spill at StatoilHydro's Statfjord field in the North Sea and ordered the company to make improvements, the watchdog said on Thursday. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) also said: "No damage to the marine environment has so far been identified as a result of the spill."

EU leaders to set timetable for energy reform
March 12, 2008 09:23 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will set a tight timetable this week for adopting ambitious energy policy reforms and measures to fight climate change despite some sharp differences over how to achieve those goals.

StatoilHydro says ready for new Canadian CO2 rules
March 12, 2008 03:28 AM - Reuters

"We have known for a long time that something on CO2 would come from the Canadian authorities and we think we are well prepared," spokeswoman Kjersti Morstoel said on Wednesday.

Myanmar's nutty scheme to solve energy crisis
March 12, 2008 03:16 AM - Reuters

PYAW GAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - They may look leafless and lifeless, but Kyaw Sinnt is certain his nut-trees are the key to Myanmar's chronic energy shortage. Others are less sure, saying the junta's plan to turn the country into a giant plantation of biofuel-producing "physic nuts" is yet another example of the ill-conceived central planning that has crippled a once-promising economy.

Corn-based ethanol could worsen "dead zone"
March 11, 2008 02:01 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Growing more corn to meet the projected U.S. demand for ethanol could worsen an expanding "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that is bad for crawfish, shrimp and local fisheries, researchers reported on Monday. The dead zone is a huge area of water -- some 7,700 square miles -- that forms above the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico every summer. It contains very low levels of oxygen.

Colourful idea sparks renewable electricity from paint
March 10, 2008 09:29 AM - www.swan.ac.uk

Dr Dave Worsley (pictured), a Reader in the Materials Research Centre at the University's School of Engineering, is investigating ways of painting solar cells onto the flexible steel surfaces commonly used for cladding buildings. "We have been collaborating with the steel industry for decades," explains Dr Worsely, "but have tended to focus our attention on improving the long-term durability and corrosion-resistance of the steel. We haven't really paid much attention to how we can make the outside of the steel capable of doing something other than looking good.

Lufthansa ups fuel surcharges on European flights
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters

Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa is raising surcharges on domestic and European tickets as the price of oil continues to soar. Travelers will pay an extra 17 euros each way from Thursday, up from 14 euros previously.

Work begins on California wind transmission lines
March 7, 2008 03:05 AM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Construction on the biggest U.S. transmission project largely for wind energy has begun, utility Southern California Edison said on Friday. The Tehachapi Renewal Transmission Project aims to take wind power produced in a remote area called Tehachapi in Southern California to power customers all over the state through the state power grid.

Oil Price Hits All-Time Record
March 6, 2008 09:35 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

It finally happened this week. The price of oil passed the all-time inflation-adjusted peak of $103.76 that was set in April 1980—and is now three times what it was just four years ago. What’s going on? This is a record that virtually none of the world’s oil experts predicted, particularly at a time when the world economy is slumping and the demand for gasoline is now dropping in the United States. Some of the blame may go to speculation and the decline of the dollar. But the roots of the problem run deeper.

EU should give more thought to biofuel policy: U.N.
March 6, 2008 06:34 AM - Reuters

She also said the United Nations needed an extra $500 million from Western governments to meet a food aid gap this year.

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